Label: Virgin - EMI-79961 • Format: CD Compilation • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Acoustic, Folk Rock
The end result can be a rather jagged listening experience. Ben Harper 's By My Side seems to address that issue by looking at it directly. Instead of simply letting his label choose a slew of tracks and call it a "hits" or "best-of" Ben Harper - By My SideHarper handpicked a dozen cuts, and focused on a particular aspect of his work: ballads.
In addition to ten standard-bearers from his catalog, he also chose an alternate studio version of "Not Fire Not Ice," which sounds like a nicely recorded demo and was never available in the United States beforeand provided a single new cut, a sparse, sexy, soulful number called "Crazy Amazing" with his Relentless7 bandmates.
The remaining tracks are canny White Night Fantasy - Nightwish - MP3 the vast majority of them Ben Harper - By My Side be the very cuts his fans would choose for such a collection.
They span his entire career beginning with "Forever," from Welcome to the Cruel World. Also included from that recording is "Waiting on an Angel" Nimrod - Somnarium - Frost the end of this set. Taking in Harper 's ballads without the rockist guitar pyrotechnics is solid not only in conception but in execution. While there's no doubt that fans have most of these tracks already, listening to By My Side 's presentation of them as a resonant sampling of a particular area in the larger context of his work adds both depth and dimension to Harper 's reputation, not only Carolina Cold - Apart - Gray Light a songwriter but as a singer as well.
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