Diamonds On The Inside

  • Record Label: Virgin
  • Release Date: Mar 11, 2003
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Here he shows more quirky imagination and inventive musicianship than on any of his earlier efforts.
  2. Diamonds on the Inside's breathless Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock whirlwind is tiring, at best.
  3. An extremely organic sounding album that can stretch throughout genres (reggae, blues, hippie rock) without letting the bong smoke escape.
  4. Another stunning effort from one of rock's underground heroes.
  5. He blows up like an inheritor and improves upon his influences with a few jewels of unique and exquisitely tender rock & roll.
  6. 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.
  7. Harper performs his knock-offs so earnestly you'd think he were resuscitating some forgotten art, rather than aping tunes that are played 24/7 on oldies radio.
  8. Uncut
    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]
  9. Blender
    80
    Diamonds is pointed, pulled-back and juicily considered instead of massively jammed-out. [#15, p.120]
  10. Mojo
    70
    Harper offers nice lines in homages to Marley, Basement Tapes Dylan, and funky James Brown. [Apr 2003, p.106]
  11. Q Magazine
    70
    This is complex, dense music that yields a little more with each play. [May 2003, p.106]
  12. Entertainment Weekly
    67
    Harper's distinctive and committed vocals both unify and lift the music above homage. [21 Mar 2003, p.112]
  13. Spin
    58
    Harper's a master of no genre. [May 2003, p.111]
  14. 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.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. justin
    Nov 2, 2005
    9
    A consistently good album with lots of variations of style.
  2. julia
    Feb 15, 2005
    6
    some good songs but on the whole dissapointing,
  3. DirkD
    Feb 14, 2004
    7
    Some great songs on it, yet some awfull ones as well.