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This review is from: Childhood Home [+digital booklet] (MP3 Music)
Ben Harper loves his mother. Releasing this album just before Mother's Day was a great gift. It's easy to see Ben's talent came naturally.
This album is different from Harper's other work. It calls back to folk music of the 60's and 70's with just a hint of country. His mother has a beautiful warm voice, they sound fantastic together. I thought this might be an album of children's songs (Childhood in the title), I was wrong. This reminds me of John Prine and Iris DeMent singing together. Harper has a deeper clearer voice than Prine, and thankfully Ellen Harper doesn't have quite the twang or high pitch of DeMent.
This is about as far away from Ben Harper and the Relentless 7 as he could possibly get. The album is mostly folk protest songs in the Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie genre. Childhood Home isn't full of the anger or passion of his previous work.
Of course Harper plays incredible guitar on the album. His guitar playing alone is worth the price of admission.
The fan of Harper's hard driving rocking or blues music, won't find that on this album. Childhood Home goes down a totally different road, one that hopefully people will try.