Diamonds On The Inside

March 11, 2003 | Format: MP3

$5.99
Song Title
Time
Popularity  
30
1
4:34
30
2
3:03
30
3
4:26
30
4
4:27
30
5
5:19
30
6
5:41
30
7
4:07
30
8
3:03
30
9
5:51
30
10
3:11
30
11
3:43
30
12
4:11
30
13
5:48
30
14
3:56
Your Amazon Music account is currently associated with a different marketplace. To enjoy Prime Music, go to Your Music Library and transfer your account to Amazon.com (US).
  

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 11, 2003
  • Release Date: March 11, 2003
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2003 Virgin Records America, Inc.
  • Record Company Required Metadata: Music file metadata contains unique purchase identifier. Learn more.
  • Total Length: 1:01:20
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B000SXOK4G
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,131 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Again, a decent album but nothing noteworthy.
Justin
I am sorry Ben, keep up the good work and as long as you continue to put out albums as diverse as you have, I will be there to buy them.
Keith Langkan
The spirituality in the lyrics adds to it, and the music is just so diverse that it really is nice to hear.
LBJ

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

281 of 317 people found the following review helpful By M. S. Hillis on March 21, 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
First of all, this review will not address the actual MUSIC on this disc, which is up to Harper's usual platinum standard of songwriting and musicianship.
No, this is intended to be a warning that this CD has been laced with copy-protect technology that prevents those who paid for it from making MP3s and whatnot. It also prevents you from even listening to the disc on a computer except by using an extremely low-quality proprietary player that limits the quality to just 48 kbps -- about what you'd get from AM radio.
I own hundreds of CDs, and while my buying has slowed in recent years as family commitments and other interests take precedence, I still buy one or two discs a month. This is the first I have run across that does this. I am stunned. I bought a portable MP3 player about two years ago, and use it for all my on-the-go listening. With a baby in the house I can't even listen to much music on the home stereo. Ben Harper is perhaps my favorite modern artist, and I am furious that EMI/Virgin have carried out this underhanded assault on consumer fair use rights.
A page on the Web site of Virgin Records America confirmed the CD has been booby-trapped. A feedback form on their site did not work. I hope others are as outraged as I am and put some effort into tracking down how to voice displeasure.
8 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jesse J. Morris on April 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD
As my non catchy title states this album is very good. It's good to see Ben with a new release out. It has been almost 4 years since his last studio release. I can say that the wait was definitely worth it. Ben makes his usual genre jumps all over the record. Its amazing how he (and the IC's) are able to pull this off. So anyway I'll give a brief description of the songs.
With My Own Two Hands - First single, reggae, reminds me of one of Ben's influences Bob Marley overall 8/10
When its good - acoustic bluesy type song, very good tune. Ben busts out the acoustic slide on this one. 10/10
Diamonds On The Inside - great song, remind me of Elvis Costello. 10/10
Touch From Your Lust - Nice effects on the guitar, got the Leslie (listen to Hendrix's Angel) effect going, straight foreward rock tune. 8/10
When She Believes - Slow ballad type song, strings used, acoustic guitar - pretty good tune 9/10
Brown Eyed Blues - The first funky sounding track on the album, pretty cool little bass line to this one. Nice little Bass solo on this also. I love this song. 10/10
Bring The Funk - This is an all out funk track, but I don't really like it to much. 6/10
Everything - another acoustic type song (has bass and percussion in it), bluesy feel to it, uplifting though - 8/10
Amen Omen - my favorite song on the album. Well crafted acoustic song. Best song Ben has written in a long time. 15/10
Temporary Remedy - straight ahead rock song. I think it needs to grow on me. 6/10
So High So Low - This is the Led Zep song of the album. Gonna be a great live song. 10/10
Blessed to be A Witness - Ben's voice is the highlight of this song. Mellow song. Beautiful. 10/10
Picture of Jesus - Acapella type song, just percussion and vocals.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "jjiggabyte" on March 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I have every one of Ben Harper's Albums, and I can honestly say that "Diamonds on the Inside" does everything but disappoint. From the opening "With My Own Two Hands", Harper hits you with a rythmic reggae beat, ultimately making one feel that he/she too can change the world. One of my favorites on the album however is "Brown Eyed Blues". With a funky beat that even James Brown would appreciate, this track is ideal for a "Friday night before the bar pump up session". Harper's spirituality, welcomed and respected, is beautifully conveyed through songs such as "Picture of Jesus" and "Amen Omen", as well as "When She Believes".
Ben Harper is truly one of the best singer/song writer/musicians in this day and age, and it's a shame that he recieves no where near the acclaim that he has proved he deserves. While he may lose some fire in the studio as compared to the live stage, Ben Harper takes one on a funky, spiritual ride, with Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix ever present in the rear-view.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Kenoyer on April 1, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed Ben Harper's last solo studio release before "Both Sides of the Gun"; but it has a couple of flops that merited the 4-star rather than 5-star rating.

For one thing, I'm Ben Harper's age, and thus old enough to remember Paul Simon's "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes." This is the song that Ben Harper used to rip off, errmm, bring Simon's influence into "Picture of Jesus," which is a dreadful tribute to Simon's "Diamonds"; yet nowhere in the CD liner notes does Harper credit or even thank Simon for this influence--which, as a musician, I thought was kind of classless.

The other "misstep," as the original Amazon.com reviewer succinctly called it, was "When She Believes." I'm not sure if Ben Harper wants us to envision that we're on a gondola in Venice while this song is playing, but the corny "That's Amore"-esque violins playing in the background sure made it feel that way.

Now for the good stuff--standouts on this CD include the opening track, "With My Own Two Hands," which is akin to a beautiful prayer-cum-traditional reggae celebration of a song. "When It's Good" is sultry, sexy, bluesy, and minimalist all at the same time; and the title track, "Diamonds on the Inside," is soulful and loving in its tone while being masterful in its guitar sounds. "Brown Eyed Blues" and "Bring the Funk" are danceable and, well, wonderfully funky; and the eloquent "Blessed to Be a Witness" is a fitting almost-bookend for the opening number. Perhaps the most introspective, yearning song with a masterful blend of both piano and acoustic guitar is "Amen Omen," a passionate ballad. The two rock numbers, "Temporary Remedy" and "So High So Low", also don't disappoint.

So if you don't let the two sloppy tracks I ranted about, as well as the mediocre "Everything" and "She's Only Happy in the Sun", bother you, this is well worth the investment.
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Look for Similar Items by Category