There Will Be a Light

There Will Be a Light


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There Will Be a Light delivers in every way on its promise; it's a passionate meeting of kindred spirits. Ben Harper has made the liberationist side of gospel a cornerstone of his music for over a decade, and the Blind Boys have done their thing for nearly six times that. Old souls, indeed. With the versatile Innocent Criminals backing up a quartet of Harper and septuagenarians Clarence Fountain, Jimmy Carter, and George Scott, There Will Be a Light shines equally on tradition and innovation. The opener, "Take My Hand," shimmies along to a gospel gait, but is rocked out with wah-wah guitar and keyboard flourishes. Harper's lap-steel picking on "11th Commandment" segues into Bob Dylan's "Well, Well, Well," reinforcing the gospel-blues atmosphere of this collaboration. Rather than praise or hymns, Harper and the Blind Boys concentrate on moral songs whose wisdom is universal, such as "Satisfied Mind," which extols spiritual ease instead of worldly luxury. "Picture of Jesus," the most explicit reference to the identity of the man upstairs, is a Harper original recorded on his 2003 album Diamonds on the Inside. There is a sweet inevitability to this recording; Harper was a demon guitarist from day one, but he's never sounded better or more in control of his voice. On the a cappella "Mother Pray," his road-tested falsetto seems to mature into its full expressiveness. It seems like Ben Harper could sing anything now, and that enticing path is but one which this Light illuminates.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/21/2004
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 0724357120623
catalogNumber: 71206

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ben Harper   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Blind Boys of Alabama   Primary Artist
Clarence Fountain   Vocals,Group Member
Bobby Butler   Vocals,Group Member
Leon Mobley   Track Performer
Michael Ward   Track Performer
Jason Yates   Track Performer
Juan Nelson   Track Performer
Rock Deadrick   Track Performer
Oliver Charles   Track Performer
Ricke McKinnie   Vocals,Group Member
Tracie Pierce   Group Member
Joey Williams   Vocals,Group Member
Tracy Pierce   Vocals
Jimmy Carter   Vocals
George Scott   Vocals

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Ben Harper   Composer,Audio Production
Jimmy Hoyson   Engineer
Danny O'Keefe   Composer
Jason Yates   Composer,Artwork
Joe Hayes   Composer
Jack Rhodes   Composer
Chris Goldsmith   Executive Producer
Traditional   Composer
Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals   Arranger,Producer
Mike Glines   Engineer
Marc Ford   Composer

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There Will Be a Light 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been dealing with a health challenge and my co-worker suggested this album. This album went by virtually unrecognized, and is by far the most superior album of 2004. The Academy finally got something right by recognizing this album for a Grammy Award. People have been sleeping on Ben Harper. He is an amazing artist, and teaming up with The Blind Boys of Alabama was pure genius. I am over my health challenge, and I credit this album for its healing words.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are some CDs that simply grab you by the heart and won't let go. This is one of them. I'd always known of the inimitable Blind Boys of Alabama. They are the premier gospel singers who have been around for a very long time. My grandparents and parents adore them. There comes a time when you will finally sample your parents' music. I thought I'd try the Blind Boys of Alabama. As for Ben Harper? I had no idea who he was. I'm simply being honest. A friend told me he appeared in the documentary, Standing in the Shadows of Motown. But I'd never bought a Ben Harper CD. That has been remedied. I've purchased several now because I'm definitely a fan after hearing his voice soar on Where Could I Go?, Take my Hand, Wicked Man, Picture of Jesus, and every other track on this CD. I listen to a lot of music and this CD simply moved me. It raises your spirits and before you know it, you're out of your seat and dancing with pure joy. This isn't strictly gospel music, even though it touches your heart like good gospel music should. This is rock, soul, AND gospel all woven into one glorious sound. It's heavenly music that will stand the test of time. When the Grammys roll around next year, I expect this CD to not only get a nod, but to win. That's my testimony. ;o)