Ben Harper

Ben Harper and his band The Innocent Criminals have always been a phenomenal improvisational band, best enjoyed live. The essence of the band's live attributes have finally been captured o­n "Diamonds o­n The Inside". Harper stepped into Sunset Studios in California for the "Diamonds o­n The Inside" sessions with all of his songs completed yet missing all those spontaneous pieces that make a song complete.  Harper and the musicians appearing o­n this album got together to add some jams and other interesting tidbits to this recording. Some of my favorite tracks include: "Pictures Of Jesus" with Ladysmith Black Mambazo contributing luscious Africanesque vocals, the opening track is the catchy reggae infused "With My Own Two Hands," the title track "Diamonds o­n The Inside" can potentially evolve into o­ne of the albums singles.  This disc's most engaging aspect may be its raw and eclectic songs that make you feel that you're listening to a live recording without the background noise and applause.

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