Diamonds on the Inside

Diamonds on the Inside

by Ben Harper

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record - Special Edition / 180 Gram Vinyl)

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Although he often seems hell-bent on topping Baskin-Robbins in terms of number of flavors offered, Ben Harper always manages to bond his diffuse stylistic influences into a cohesive sound -- one that, on his fifth studio album, manages to be both freak-flag-flying and spirit lifting. Harper concentrates on the latter to a large degree here, cribbing biblical notes on the swelling title track and waxing wide-eyed and ecstatic on "Amen Omen" and "Blessed to Be a Witness." Like kindred spirits as diverse as Al Green and Bob Marley, Harper doesn't ignore the flesh altogether: While he tempers his corporeal urges more than most rock performers, he lets loose on a few tunes here, notably the sinuous funk workout "Brown Eyed Blues." There's a good bit of air in the mix, which suits Harper's vocal quaver nicely, allowing him to dart in and out of the loping island rhythms of "My Own Two Hands" and between the wispy layers of accordion and harp that mottle "When She Believes." On Diamonds on the Inside, Harper's gems gleam with a rainbow of sounds and styles.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/24/2009
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 5099926793115
catalogNumber: 67931

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ben Harper   Primary Artist,Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Drums,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Synthesizer Bass,Tongue Drum
Ladysmith Black Mambazo   Vocals
Yasha Anderson   Guitar
Carla Benson   Background Vocals
John Ingram   Background Vocals
Greg Kurstin   Synthesizer,Piano,Celeste,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Background Vocals,Clavinet,Mellotron
Greg Leisz   Pedal Steel Guitar
Leon Mobley   Percussion,Background Vocals
David Ralicke   Trombone
Josef Zimmerman   Upright Bass
Juan Nelson   Bass,Background Vocals
Leo Chelyapov   Clarinet
Nicky P.   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Amy Wilkins   Harp
Timothy Loo   Cello
Darrel Sims   Viola
Rebecca Yeh   Cello
Ron Blake   Trumpet
Misty Love   Background Vocals
Oliver Francis Charles   Drums,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ben Harper   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Greg Kurstin   Arranger
Leon Mobley   Sound Effects
Rick "Soldier" Will   Engineer
Todd Burke   Engineer
Juan Nelson   Composer
Ben Elder   Advisor
Dean Butterworth   Composer

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Diamonds on the Inside 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ben Harper is very cool and even though I don't normally like this kind of music I love his stuff. There are many different styles of music on this album but it fits together pretty well. He puts out a sweet hip-hop / blues / gospel sound with some rock mixed in. "Blessed to be a Witness," "Temporary Remedy," and "Brown Eyed Blues" are great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ben Harper is an extremely diverse artist and his new cd just adds to his collection of great studio albums. There is a song on the cd for every person's taste--you won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After listening to this CD, I think It is Ben's best work yet. This album is a little bit funkier than his last one, but he keeps his distinctive sound and style. For fans of ben harper, this is a must have.
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