Mikael Wood
August 31, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Lifeline

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Folk

We gave it a B+

His eight CDs have proved he’s an inventive recording artist, but troubadour Ben Harper lives to play on stage, where his music has always sounded warmest. For the follow-up to his ambitious 2006 double disc, Harper and his band entered a Paris studio directly from the road in an attempt to capture that heat. It worked: Lifeline thankfully favors songs over jamming, but there’s a casual profundity to tunes like ”Fight Outta You” and ”Say You Will” that a more complicated process might’ve squelched. Just add applause. B+
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