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  • Summary: Southern California native Harper has gained a cult following for his jam-band-like approach to roots rock. This is his fifth studio LP.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
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  1. 90
    Where in the past he has often impressed rather than engaged us, here there's an emotional warmth that makes it by some distance the best record he's ever made. [Apr 2003, p.110]
  2. At times, he's guilty of doing his best Lenny Kravitz impersonation.... But those moments pass relatively quickly, and he slips back into his stripped-down, socially conscious self--and that's when Harper truly shines.
  3. An extremely organic sounding album that can stretch throughout genres (reggae, blues, hippie rock) without letting the bong smoke escape.
  4. Harper assuredly rushes through virtually all of his available quirks, flaws, and genres of choice, in a mad rush that's equally exhilarating and exhausting.
  5. This is complex, dense music that yields a little more with each play. [May 2003, p.106]
  6. He blows up like an inheritor and improves upon his influences with a few jewels of unique and exquisitely tender rock & roll.
  7. 58
    Harper's a master of no genre. [May 2003, p.111]

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  1. leza
    Sep 22, 2003
    This album was truly amazing. I have been listening to ben harper for so many years, and he still amazes me!
  2. elizabethb
    Apr 3, 2003
    It truly amazes me how he can put so many different styles of music on his albums. He doesn't just stick to a certain sound, unlike most of the bands do that get airplay...they never mature as musicians, they just keep the same sound because it worked the first time. I saw Ben at SXSW just 2 weeks ago at Waterloo Records. He only played about 5 songs, most were from "Diamonds". If people do not hear the "Marley-Dylan-Hendrix" of this generation, they simply are not paying attention. Expand
  3. SamG
    Sep 6, 2003
    his best work to date
  4. JennyM
    Mar 24, 2003
    I would like to give this album a 10, although as I have found with every new album that I hear of Ben Harpers, they just get better & better. more imaginative, more moving, I always look forward to what this man is going to produce next. Expand
  5. justin
    Nov 2, 2005
    A consistently good album with lots of variations of style.
  6. DirkD
    Feb 14, 2004
    Some great songs on it, yet some awfull ones as well.
  7. julia
    Feb 15, 2005
    some good songs but on the whole dissapointing,

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