Diamonds on the Inside (2003) On his fifth album, Diamonds on the Inside , Harper and his Innocent Criminals segue from reggae to rock to funk to blues and even… 2003-03-11 Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals Ben Harper
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Diamonds on the Inside (2003)

Ben Harper | RANCH DRESSING Harper's dandy on ''Diamonds''
Image credit: Ben Harper: Anthony Mandler/Corbis Outline
RANCH DRESSING Harper's dandy on ''Diamonds''

Details Release Date: Mar 11, 2003; Lead Performances: Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals and Ben Harper

On his fifth album, Diamonds on the Inside, Harper and his Innocent Criminals segue from reggae to rock to funk to blues and even gospel with terrifying ease. The result could be mere Xerox rock, but Harper's distinctive and committed vocals both unify and lift the music above homage. The reverence with which the band approaches its reconstructive craft, however, leaves little room for wit, or even meaning (not that songs like ''Touch From Your Lust'' require much exegesis). Harper's got very little to say, but at least he says it beautifully.

Originally posted Mar 21, 2003 Published in issue #701 Mar 21, 2003 Order article reprints