Diamonds on the Inside

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Although he often seems hell-bent on topping Baskin-Robbins in terms of number of flavors offered, Ben Harper always manages to bond his diffuse stylistic influences into a cohesive sound -- one that, on his fifth studio album, manages to be both freak-flag-flying and spirit lifting. Harper concentrates on the latter to a large degree here, cribbing biblical notes on the swelling title track and waxing wide-eyed and ecstatic on "Amen Omen" and "Blessed to Be a Witness." Like kindred spirits as diverse as Al Green and Bob Marley, Harper doesn't ignore the flesh altogether: While he tempers his corporeal urges more than most rock performers, he lets loose on a few tunes ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Although he often seems hell-bent on topping Baskin-Robbins in terms of number of flavors offered, Ben Harper always manages to bond his diffuse stylistic influences into a cohesive sound -- one that, on his fifth studio album, manages to be both freak-flag-flying and spirit lifting. Harper concentrates on the latter to a large degree here, cribbing biblical notes on the swelling title track and waxing wide-eyed and ecstatic on "Amen Omen" and "Blessed to Be a Witness." Like kindred spirits as diverse as Al Green and Bob Marley, Harper doesn't ignore the flesh altogether: While he tempers his corporeal urges more than most rock performers, he lets loose on a few tunes here, notably the sinuous funk workout "Brown Eyed Blues." There's a good bit of air in the mix, which suits Harper's vocal quaver nicely, allowing him to dart in and out of the loping island rhythms of "My Own Two Hands" and between the wispy layers of accordion and harp that mottle "When She Believes." On Diamonds on the Inside, Harper's gems gleam with a rainbow of sounds and styles.
All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Ben Harper is a musical preacher of sorts, never one to be shy in speaking his mind about social conformity. If his first two albums -- Welcome to the Cruel World and Fight for Your Mind -- didn't clue you in, Diamonds on the Inside will definitely do so. Diamonds on the Inside marks Harper's fifth studio effort and this time he's emotionally in touch with what makes his heart burst. This is a passionate album, no doubt. His signature Weissenborn guitar joins him once more and Harper's classic groovy funk is heavy; however, Harper adds worldbeat to his musical plank. From the Marley-esque vibe of "With My Own Two Hands" to the African soundscapes of Ladysmith Black Mambazo on "Picture of Jesus," Harper's purist presentation is smooth. "When It's Good" gives a little country blues twang, while "Touch From You Lust" is a sexy haze of writhing riffs. "Temporary Remedy" follows the funk Lenny Kravitz-style, and Harper's a bit campy. It's a noticeable change from his typically serious stature and a nice shift in personality, too. Diamonds on the Inside is another stunning effort from one of rock's underground heroes. Harper has consistently worked with what appeals to him musically for nearly a decade, ignoring what fits the mainstream. Diamonds on the Inside is Harper's sixth chapter of truth and just one listen to the electric blaze of "Everything" will convince you.
Entertainment Weekly - Jim Greer
Harper's distinctive and committed vocals both unify and lift the music above homage.
Billboard - Andrew Katchen
Harper knows how to wring aching beauty from absolute simplicity.

Harper's distinctive and committed vocals both unify and lift the music above homage.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2009
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • EAN: 5099926793115
  • Catalog Number: 67931
  • Sales rank: 52,410

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ben Harper Primary Artist, Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Drums, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar, Synthesizer Bass, Tongue Drum
Ladysmith Black Mambazo Vocals
Al Yasha Anderson Guitar
Carla Benson Background Vocals
John Ingram Background Vocals
Greg Kurstin Synthesizer, Piano, Celeste, Hammond Organ, Electric Piano, Background Vocals, Clavinet, Mellotron
Greg Leisz Pedal Steel Guitar
Leon Mobley Percussion, Background Vocals
David Ralicke Trombone
Josef Zimmerman Upright Bass
Juan Nelson Bass, Background Vocals
Leo Chelyapov Clarinet
Nicky P. Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Amy Wilkins Harp
Timothy Loo Cello
Darrel Sims Viola
Rebecca Yeh Cello
Ron Blake Trumpet
Misty Love Background Vocals
Oliver Francis Charles Drums, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Ben Harper Arranger, Composer, Producer
Greg Kurstin Arranger
Leon Mobley Sound Effects
Rick "Soldier" Will Engineer
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Todd Burke Engineer
Juan Nelson Composer
Ben Elder Advisor
Dean Butterworth Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a very good cd with lots of variety

    Ben Harper is very cool and even though I don't normally like this kind of music I love his stuff. There are many different styles of music on this album but it fits together pretty well. He puts out a sweet hip-hop / blues / gospel sound with some rock mixed in. "Blessed to be a Witness," "Temporary Remedy," and "Brown Eyed Blues" are great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    diversity at its best

    Ben Harper is an extremely diverse artist and his new cd just adds to his collection of great studio albums. There is a song on the cd for every person's taste--you won't be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Something New Every Time

    After listening to this CD, I think It is Ben's best work yet. This album is a little bit funkier than his last one, but he keeps his distinctive sound and style. For fans of ben harper, this is a must have.

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