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Burn to Shine

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Burn to Shine

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Ben Harper
Producers:
Virgin
genre:
Folk

We gave it a C+

Harper is a folk-rocker blessed with an appealingly burnished voice. Unfortunately, Burn to Shine is mostly made up of leaden rootsy excursions. While the New Orleans-tinged ”Suzie Blue” would have fit in on an early Randy Newman album, its levity turns out to be the standout on a record dominated by well-intentioned — and ultimately bland — earnestness.