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It's no surprise that most bands today don't record albums live, straight to tape, in one room, no Pro Tools, no auto-tune. There are only a handful of modern artists that can pull it off. Since Ben & The Innocent Criminals were so musically connected after such a long tour, they entered the studio immediately. And on a sixteen track tape machine and one full week in the City of Lights, they successfully recorded and mixed an album that will sit alongside all of your old favorites...just like a classic record should.
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Top Customer Reviews
The other difference to Ben Harper's earlier albums is that there's not great variation of different styles. This is an acoustic-soul album, like the band already had said. The songs are great in my opinion and the band plays really tight and groovy and Ben's singing is better and more powerful than ever before.
The record is very coherent and really works as an album. It's a pleasure to listen to it from the beginning to the end.
I know that this isn't what a number of fans were expecting but I think that this is a great piece of music and am glad that Ben Harper always does something which is a bit different than things's he has done before.
Oh, and I'm really jealous of the american people that have the opportunity to attend the shows of the Lifeline-tour this fall in the US.
Buy this album, it's really great!
One of the most emotional concert of my life.
I saw him live last time at the end of 2006 during the european tour, few months before recording this wonderful CD.
I like almost every B.H. CDs, but I love way more is live performance ant this album reflect all the intensity of the long tour just done.
On the first concert was his guitar skill to stand, on the last was his voice...
...I will never forget when while performing "Where Could I Go" (from the CD with "Blind Boys of Alabama") he just make the (great) band to stop playing
and resume singin' alone outside of the mic, no amplification, only pure emotion!
This is the feeling you can find on this piece of art.
So (if you love this kind of music) buy it!
And if you can, GO to see one of his live concert...
"Lifeline" could be it--the CD that actually gets him those awards. Til then, psst--you can say you liked Ben Harper early.
Harper often traverses the whole emotional gamut in his music and "Lifeline" is no different. His opener, "Fight Outta You" could be a father's advice, a commencement speech, or just a pick-me-up on a bad day:
it will be in your honor
'til you're not needed any longer
don't believe the headlines
check it for yourself sometimes
the lies you live become you
the love you lose it numbs you
they say that you've arrived
that's just a high class bribe
don't let them take the fight
"In the Colors" is the hit from this CD if KGSR-Austin's playlist is any indication. It's another song that offers hope to the hopeless:
when you again start hoping
with your arms wide open
dance with me into the colors
of the dusk
If you're a fool for train songs like I am, you're going to love "Fool For a Lonesome Train." You can almost hear the whistle in the rain.
Several songs deal with lost love, including "Younger than Today."
"Lifeline" has something for just about every mood and I can honestly say that most of the tracks stand out in one way or another. It's very hard for me to believe that Harper and the Innocent Criminals managed to record this CD in 7 days in Paris, but if anyone could, this talented group is the one!
Buy this album.
its worth the extra few bucks for the DVD, the sound is awesome
Ben "goes off" on a couple songs, pretty cool fooling around, Ben likes that word "fool" a few times in these songs, and the band is great as always. If you want to see this CD in concert, this is pretty much about what its going to be, so if you didnt get tickets, then spend the extra 5 and get this combo CD/DVD deal.
the end is really cool, with that light brown lap top guitar of his.
A lucky few people got to sit in on this recording, and right up front, musta been nice
Also, you can clearly hear there is a dif in quality of both cd and dvd, dvd is way better, sorry Ben, I heard something about Ben used some funky old recorder to record the cd, and well, you can tell. DVD sound blows the cd away. I actually after many listens of both do not listen to the cd anymore. hey I tried fault me for a high end hifi? whatever
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a present to one of our children and it was probably something that they had requested for Christmas.Published on September 5, 2013 by Joanne M. Pinette
Ben is a soulful sound that will make you lean back and smile. I only discovered Ben recently and love his sound.Published on May 11, 2013 by TaraB
My favorite Ben Harper CD. Everytime I play it people ask "Who is that?" and make a note to buy it. I actually bought this one for a friend to prevent him from stealing mine!Published on February 11, 2012 by opinionbmv
Ben Harper always makes fun and very listenable albums. This is no exception - in fact, if I could rate it 4.5 stars I would. Read morePublished on February 27, 2011 by Jerome Szpila
Lifeline is, at least for now, Ben Harper's last recording with The Innocent Criminals, but this ensemble certainly gives a good account of themselves. Read morePublished on May 25, 2009 by Philip R. Heath
Clearly I'm alone on this Amazon forum in the opinion that this is by far his least interesting album, and I'm a BH completest. Read morePublished on April 7, 2009 by S. Hanley
I like the fact that this is just good honest music, not studio retouched. This is the first Ben Harper album I have ever bought and now want to buy more!Published on March 27, 2009 by Galadriel Salazar
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