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Album Review

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.
Ryan Randall Goble, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Oppression
  2. Ground on Down
  3. Another Lonely Day
  4. Please Me Like You Want To
  5. Gold to Me
  6. Burn One Down
  7. Excuse Me Mr.
  8. People Lead
  9. Fight for Your Mind
  10. Give a Man a Home
  11. By My Side
  12. Power of the Gospel
  13. God Fearing Man
  14. One Road to Freedom
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