Fight for Your Mind fully embraces Ben Harper's influences (Dylan, Marley, Havens, and Hendrix) into a complete sound while simultaneously broadening his thematic and musical palette. Oliver Charles' tactile drumming and Leon Mobley's percussion work give a sparkle to Harper's music that was absent on his debut. Songs like "Gold to Me" and "Excuse Me Mr." show Harper growing as a poet, approaching ideas via more subtle avenues. The single "Ground on Down" and epic jam "God Fearing Man" capture some of the explosive energy of his live performances. The latter makes allusions to "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," and that's exactly what Harper does -- allows his trademark Weissenborn guitar to scream out to his audience. The only misstep on this album is his sophomoric weed anthem "Burn One Down," but one might argue that a little tarnish adds character.
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Performance CreditsBen Harper Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Weissenborn
Leon Mobley Percussion
Bob "Stiv" Coke Tabla,Tambourine,Tamboura,Sarod
Juan Nelson Bass
Ervin Pope Organ,Hammond Organ
Danielle Charles Violin
Timothy Loo Cello
Oliver Charles Drums
Carey Christensen Bass
Brett Banducci Viola
Technical CreditsBradley Cook Engineer
Ben Harper Composer,Producer,Contributor,String Arrangements
Leon Mobley Composer
J.P. Plunier Composer,Producer,String Arrangements,Art Direction
Bob "Stiv" Coke Producer
Tom Dolan Art Direction
Juan Nelson Composer
Oliver Charles Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Fight for Your Mind based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
This is a good CD If you like Folk music like Bob Dylan, and I don't know what the reviewer was talking about "Burn One Down" is one of the outstanding songs on the album,
Ben harper is a god. His music is great
Ben Harper truly is amazing!!! I've never heard such a beautiful guitar player!!!!WOW!!
this is the best harper alnum there is/ they are all great but this one is by far the best. ben harper is in my top five favorite artists and this c.d. is why.