Ben Harper Winter Is For Lovers Anti / Epitaph If this lockdown hasn’t already recalibrated how we feel and what we know is real then I’m painfully aware of that now as I throw almost my full support behind a brand new Ben Harper album.
Mavis Staples We Get By Anti/Epitaph She is 80 this year. She is remarkable. She is the voice of civil rights. She is one of the voices of the 20th Century and her output across the last decade and a half in particular shows a restless ambition; Mavis Staples doesn’t want to be remembered as being the voice of just the […]
I’m old enough to remember when Ben Harper was good. That’ll be something someone says one day – you know, besides me just ‘saying’ it then. It’s true though. And I am. I saw him the first couple of times he played New Zealand, back in the mid/late-90s. Bloody good shows too. Shit-hot band, a […]
Ben & Ellen Harper Childhood Home Prestige Folklore I should, in theory, loathe this. For a start it features Ben Harper. And, in this set of songs with his mother, timed for a Mother’s Day release, you just have to smell that familiar whiff of bullshit. I’ve been calling this charlatan out for years. Kinda […]
Spain, The Soul of Spain (2012) I liked Spain already – one day I’ll find The Blues Moods of Spain on vinyl and it will be mine; oh yes, it will be mine – but last year’s The Soul of Spain took me by surprise/bowled me over (albeit it in its own slow-burn kinda way). […]
Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite Get Up! Universal Once again Ben Harper reaches for the gravitas his super-freak fans are convinced he has in spades; there’s a reason the Ben Harper albums in collaboration/special guest spots work best for him (think to his almost acceptable gospel-lite Blind Boys record) and that’s because Harper is a […]