Burn to Shine

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All Music Guide - Chris Slawecki
Burn to Shine presents proof positive that you can always distill the essence of rock & roll down to a solitary man alone with his guitar and conscience. It sounds inventive yet firmly rooted in the blues-rock singer/songwriter/guitarist tradition of Taj Mahal and of Neil Young and Cat Stevens at their most confessional. Harper's guitar with falsetto vocal in "The Woman in You" even suggests a Curtis Mayfield tune in the hands of Prince. "Steal My Kisses" is one of those uncluttered, radio-friendly rock shuffles that simply makes you bob your head and feel better. Even Harper's detours -- like the wobbling New Orleans shuffle with the Real Time Jazz Band, "Suzie ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Slawecki
Burn to Shine presents proof positive that you can always distill the essence of rock & roll down to a solitary man alone with his guitar and conscience. It sounds inventive yet firmly rooted in the blues-rock singer/songwriter/guitarist tradition of Taj Mahal and of Neil Young and Cat Stevens at their most confessional. Harper's guitar with falsetto vocal in "The Woman in You" even suggests a Curtis Mayfield tune in the hands of Prince. "Steal My Kisses" is one of those uncluttered, radio-friendly rock shuffles that simply makes you bob your head and feel better. Even Harper's detours -- like the wobbling New Orleans shuffle with the Real Time Jazz Band, "Suzie Blue," and charred Black Sabbath metal in "Less" -- prove worth exploring. Other cameos include guitarists David Lindley and former Bob Marley sideman Tyrone Downey. Burn to Shine is a minor masterpiece that may prove to be not so minor.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/1999
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724384815127
  • Catalog Number: 48151
  • Sales rank: 17,580

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Alone (3:58)
  2. 2 The Woman in You - Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals (5:41)
  3. 3 Less - Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals (4:05)
  4. 4 Two Hands of a Prayer - Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals (7:50)
  5. 5 Please Bleed - Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals (4:37)
  6. 6 Suzie Blue - Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals (4:29)
  7. 7 Steal My Kisses - Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals (4:05)
  8. 8 Burn to Shine - Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals (3:34)
  9. 9 Show Me a Little Shame - Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals (3:44)
  10. 10 Forgiven - Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals (5:17)
  11. 11 Beloved One - Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals (4:03)
  12. 12 In the Lord's Arms - Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals (3:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ben Harper Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
David Lindley Banjo, Fiddle, Mandolin
Richard Barnes Washboard
Bruce Bishop Guitar
Jon Clarke English Horn, Oboe
Joel Derouin Violin
Tyrone Downe Keyboards
Tyrone Downie Keyboards
David Leach Percussion
James Leigh Trombone
Suzie Katayama Cello
Eric Sarafin Piano, Harmonium, Recorder
David Firman Bass
Juan Nelson Bass
Michael Fay Banjo
Dean Butterworth Drums, Snare Drums
Eve Butler Violin
Jim Bogen Clarinet
Nick Rich Human Beatbox
Matthew Funes Viola
Technical Credits
Ben Harper Composer
J.P. Plunier Producer, Art Direction
Suzie Katayama String Arrangements
Eric Sarafin Engineer
Dave Collins Mastering
Mike King Illustrations
Dan Steinberg Engineer
Real Time Jazz Band Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Legendary

    Another fantastic album by Harper. As a huge fan of Ben, I really enjoy anything he puts out. Burn to Shine is an album that any first time listeners will really enjoy. His guitar playing is top shelf (as always) and his voice adds deep emotion to every song. He really is one of the most talented artists around today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Harper Continues to BURN

    Ben Harper's fourth album, Burn to Shine, is another masterpiece of musical variety. Harper delves into rock, blues, jazz, pop, and soul. Harper's unique and soulful voice adds to his solid lyrics (brilliant at times) and incendiary guitar style. From acoustic to slide to straight rock, Harper shows that he is one of the premier guitar player/song writers out there. Inventive tracks like Suzy Blue and Steal My Kisses let Harper's fans know that he will never stop experimenting with new styles. Hard-hitting songs like Bleed and Forgiven are accompanied by slower ballads like Beloved One and In the Lord¿s Arms to provide a wide variety of listening enjoyment. Harper is one of the most talented artists around today and listeners will really get a sense for that from Burn to Shine. If you like to hear a wide variety of music styles on one CD, you will like Burn to Shine. Though not his best effort, Burn to Shine is another step in the right direction for Ben Harper.

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