By My Side is an emotional, earthy and gentle collection that plays out like a warm ode to love. The Californian songwriter and honorary Aussie has notched up 20 years in the business and while his ten studio albums have seen him tackle the folk, blues, soul, rock and reggae genres, this retrospective record focuses exclusively on his romantic ballads.
The collection is a consistent one in terms of quality and its serene, mid-tempo mood. Ben Harper’s best known pop ballad, ‘Diamonds on the Inside’ is featured alongside the tender and orchestral love letter, ‘Beloved One’ and ‘Gold to Me’ is some funky Americana. Among the expected hits offered here is the new track, ‘Crazy Amazing’, written for his daughter while ‘Not Fire Not Ice’ features just Harper and his acoustic guitar on previously unreleased alternative, studio cut.
Originally published on 25 October 2012 at the following website: http://www.fasterlouder.com.au/reviews/music/34700/Ben-Harper–By-My-Side
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