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  • Summary: Harper's first album in three years is split into a disc of uptempo rockers and a second disc of acoustic ballads.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
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  1. It's occasionally a bit too easy to play spot-the-influences with Harper's stuff... but his unabashed, unaffected nostalgia is more charming than irritating. [24 Mar 2006, p.69]
  2. 90
    With Both Sides Of The Gun, Harper proves he's prolific, diverse and relevant. [Apr 2006, p.86]
  3. The rap on Ben Harper's music up to this point has been that it's been too derivative. This could be the album where he finally transcends that. [23 Mar 2006, p.61]
  4. His masturbatory approach to the stroking of his muse is very nearly obscene. [Apr 2006, p.114]
  5. 60
    What Harper's over-educated style can't replicate is his heroes' blazing souls. [Apr 2006, p.114]
  6. If in Both Sides of the Gun Harper is trying to show his audience what a wide variety of music he can cover, he certainly accomplishes that. But if he's trying to create an album that is really about him, he doesn't quite deliver. Ben Harper is in there, don't worry, but he can be a little hard to find.
  7. While his ambition on Both Sides Of The Gun is just another of Harper's many likable qualities, ambition alone doesn't make the kind of statement that the album's scope and structure demands.

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