Ben Harper And The Innocent Criminals – Burn To Shine (1999)


Benjamin Chase “Ben” Harper (born October 28, 1969) is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Harper plays an eclectic mix of blues, folk, soul, reggae and rock music and is known for his guitar-playing skills, vocals, live performances, and activism.
Burn to Shine presents proof positive that you can always distill the essence of rock & roll down to a solitary man alone with his guitar and conscience.
It sounds inventive yet firmly rooted in the blues-rock singer/songwriter/guitarist tradition of Taj Mahal and of Neil Young and Cat Stevens at their most confessional. Harper‘s guitar with falsetto vocal in “The Woman in You” even suggests a Curtis Mayfield tune in the hands of Prince.
“Steal My Kisses” is one of those uncluttered, radio-friendly rock shuffles that simply makes you bob your head and feel better. Even Harper‘s detours — like the wobbling New Orleans shuffle with the Real Time Jazz Band, “Suzie Blue,” and charred Black Sabbath metal in “Less” — prove worth exploring. Other cameos include guitarists David Lindley and former Bob Marley sideman Tyrone Downey. Burn to Shine is a minor masterpiece that may prove to be not so minor.


  1. “Alone” – 3:58
  2. “The Woman in You” – 5:41
  3. “Less” – 4:05
  4. “Two Hands of a Prayer” – 7:50
  5. “Please Bleed” – 4:37
  6. “Suzie Blue” – 4:29
  7. Steal My Kisses” – 4:05
  8. “Burn to Shine” – 3:34
  9. “Show Me a Little Shame” – 3:44
  10. “Forgiven” – 5:17
  11. “Beloved One” – 4:03
  12. “In The Lord’s Arms” – 3:06



  • Producer: J.P. Plunier
  • Engineers: Eric Sarafin, Dan Steinberg
  • Assistant engineer: Dan Steinberg
  • Mixing: Eric Sarafin
  • Mixing assistant: Steve Gamberoni, Geoff Walcha
  • Mastering: Dave Collins
  • String arrangements: Suzie Katayama
  • Art direction: J.P. Plunier
  • Design: Tom Dolan, Mike King, J.P. Plunier
  • Photography: Annalisa
  • Illustrations: Mike King
  • Research: Ben Elder


Released: September 21, 1999
Genre: Alternative rock,
Style:   Blues Rock
Length:  54:29

Label – Virgin Records America

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