Those who know me know that B-Harps is one of my all-time favorite artists. I’ve seen him a bunch of times, including one show at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland where I sat front row (center) and had Ben singing to ME for 2 hours (thanks Scott).
So, I’m watching the SXSW footage from the Bat Bar on Directv’s 101…and I’m kinda disappointed. The lack of a 300 lb bass wielding Juan Nelson is fucking with me, bigtime.
Has Ben jumped the proverbial shark?
I wanna punch myself in the face for saying it, but I think maybe he has.
His last few albums have been really lacking. The last decent album he put out was 2003′s Diamonds on the Inside, and that was just okay.
Ben really hasn’t put out anything mind blowing since 1999′s Burn to Shine. Two Hands of a Prayer, The Woman In You, these songs are epic…especially live. Since then, Ben’s song writing has been really flat and I think he is settling for songs because Ben Harper wrote them and not because they are pushing the boundaries that define Ben Harper.
It’s funny because before this show, Matt Pinfield and some chick who thinks she knows music were talking about why Ben is so great, and they were saying it’s because he does push the boundaries and exposes himself to new musical genres, enabling him to be new every time he comes around. Well, fuck that. That is the biggest load of bullshit I have ever heard. That’s right Matt Pinfield, I’m calling you out, you corporate whore. You’re always kissing ass. Guess what, if Ben puts out a shitty record, someone has to stand up and say it.
BEN. What the fuck are you doing man? You’re living in a mold that you keep applying PAM to. You’re never going to climb out with such a thick coating of that slippery shit. You need to take out your swiss army knife and claw your way out of that fucker.
Your melodies are all starting to sound so…Ben Harper-ish.
Yeah, this show with the Relentless 7 is relentlessly bad.
All that said, I can’t wait for the album!