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Ben Harper: Both Sides of the Gun
Buy! - (Virgin)
This eclectic singer-songwriter’s 7th studio album is a 2-CD set showcasing two distinct sides of his music. The 1st disc is an intimate outing of acoustic-oriented folk-pop that focuses on the personal while the standout 2nd disc is a fiery set of bluesy, hard-edged rock that addresses social and political concerns ranging from the war in Iraq to the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina. While Harper has perhaps been a little too content to rely on fuzzy platitudes in the past, he brings a much sharper focus to his lyrics here, and he delivers them with newfound vocal authority. Produced with a rawer, more immediate sound, Both Sides of the Gun sounds like his strongest album to date. 3/14/2006 - Don Yates
Other Ben Harper album reviews:

Diamonds on the Inside - 3/15/2003
The Will To Live - 6/15/1997