CD review: Ben Harper's 'Burn to Shine' looks achingly inward
By Julie Sulunga
A theme of looking inward and reflecting on some painful experiences in life seems to the theme for Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminal's latest CD, Burn to Shine.
The music is more of a softer and soothing tempo. It is the kind of music that can really make someone think and ponder. There are only a few songs, such as Legs and Burn to Shine where the tempo of the music gets a little bit harder and louder.
The album starts with Alone, a soft song with a plea for companionship. The album then takes you through so many beautiful, flowing songs that can't be missed such as The Woman in You, Two Hands of a Prayer, and In the Lord's Arms.
Ben Harper is clearly a talented musician -- and a person with a very deep soul. He uses his music as though he is working on a canvas and as though he were blending together wondrous colors on it. He uses the percussion instruments, the piano, and his guitar to create some amazing instrumentals that you won't find anywhere else.
This sound is unique, and foreign to any of his other albums, let alone any other albums released by other bands. It won't be a waste of your money if you decide to buy it or go to his show.
Utah residents who want to experience Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals live will find them in Kingston Hall in Salt Lake City on Oct. 11.
Song list for Burn to Shine:
The Woman in You
Two Hands of a Prayer
Steal My Kisses
Burn to Shine
Show Me a Little Shame
In the Lord's Arms
Archived Months:September 1998