Discography

1997 - "The Will To Live"

Faded, Homeless Child, Number Three, Roses From My Friends, Jah Work, I Want To Be Ready,  The Will To Live, Ashes, Widow Of A Living Man, Glory And Consequence, Mama's Trippin',  I Shall Not Walk Alone.

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Rolling Stone 6/26/97, p.57 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...Harper embraces electrified rock more than ever before. The result finds Harper's acoustic strum doing battle with Zeppelin-esque bombast--a decidedly healthy tension....Harper's most sonically varied release..."

Vibe (8/97, p.148) - "...[Ben Harper] and his band, the Innocent Criminals, passionately continue to seek the honesty of the blues..."

The Source (8/97, p.176) - "...Inspired by the sonic boom that fueled the creative fires of Led Zeppelin, Harper and his band The Innocent Criminals dive head first into electric waters of diversity..."

Option (9-10/97, p.98) - "...this album is packed with meaty tunes that demonstrate Harper's becoming a sharper and craftier writer....His supple vocals are in particularly good form throughout....The guy's a contender."


1995 - "Fight For Your Mind"

Oppression, Ground On Down, Another Lonely Day, Please Me Link You Want To, Gold To Me, Excuse Me Mr., People Lead, Fight For You Mind, Give A Man A Home, By My Side, Power Of The Gospel, God Fearing Man, One Road To Freedom.

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Vibe 12/95-1/96, p.142 "...treks down the highway of social injustice, aiming to cast out the world's problems while ushering in sensitivity and understanding....merge[s] the rage of the '60s with the frustrations of the '90s. A hybrid blessed by tradition, Harper's sound has nothing to do with retroactivity..."

Q Magazine (8/95, p.123) - 3 Stars - Good - "...colours all his...themes--love, politics and religion--with unsettling guitar tones which range from suave discords to sheer noise. Harper's vocals being an impatient murmur, it's often as if Nina Simone's band had been joined by Neil Young on ARC-WELD. He's deep, powerful and original..."

Entertainment Weekly (8/11/95, p.53) - "...Harper is rootsy and raw on his upbeat material. And when he slows down for a ballad, he displays a gift for subtle rhythms and intimate, whispered vocalizing that speaks volumes." Rating: B+Option (1-2/96, p.97) - "...Harper is a genuinely gifted young singer/songwriter/guitarist with serious ambitions in folk, blues, gospel and rock'n'roll..."


1993 - "Welcome To The Cruel World"

The Three Of Us, Whipping Boy, Breakin' Down, Don't Take That Attitude To Your Grave, Waiting On A An Angel, Mama's Got A Girlfriend Now, Forever, Like A King, Please And Pain, Walkaway, How Many Miles Must We March, Welcome To The Cruel World, I'll Rise.

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Review

Entertainment Weekly (8/11/95, p.53) - "...Harper is rootsy and raw on his upbeat material. And when he slows down for a ballad, he displays a gift for subtle rhythms and intimate, whispered vocalizing that speaks volumes."

Rating: B+Option (1-2/96, p.97) - "...Harper is a genuinely gifted young singer/songwriter/guitarist with serious ambitions in folk, blues, gospel and rock'n'roll..."