ARTIST: Ben Harper
TITLE: Fight for Your Mind
YEAR RELEASED: 1995
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Ground on Down, Excuse Me Mr., Gold to Me
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Maybe when he was on tour or at a jam band festival
LINEUP: Ben Harper, Brett Banduci, Danielle Charles, Oliver Charles, Bob Coke, Timothy Loo, Leon Mobley, Juan Nelson, Ervin Pope
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Harper expands his musical palette, and also exhibits some jam band tendencies. That’s good and bad.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Ben Harper prepped for this second album by absorbing the atmosphere from the jam band scene and his tour with the Dave Matthews band. That opened up his music, and the arrangements complemented his lyrics.
The songs here are little more fierce and developed than his first album, and having more of a band helps him a great deal. Harper’s guitar work on acoustic and electric carries through the songs as well, but his tendency at times to overplay or over-extend shows that the jam band mentality didn’t always work.
This record is a step forward, and showed to everyone that Harper was going to be a great artist no matter where he goes on stage – be it festival, arena or theatre.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The songs on the album were represented by roundels symbolizing 13 African armies and Jamaica. Also, this isn’t on Google Play but available on Spotify.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: A-: A little jam-bandy at times, but most of this grabs you and keeps you listenting.