One cannot simply classify the raw appeal of Ben Harper. He is a musician, an artist and an individualist. Whether it´s through the soul dances of southern Gospel, ´70s funk or electric blues, Harper maintains a stance for a simple beauty. For nearly 10 years, Harper and his trademark Weissenborn guitar have been a saving grace in the capriciousness of corporate rock and roll. He never signed on to be a savior, but his modest approach in writing music takes on a life of its own. He´s an explosive, energetic live performer. He´s a flawless studio hound who´s self-absorbed in each song. His fifth studio effort is heavy, funk laden with folky textures that have never sounded better. But at its core is a songwriter of uncommon sincerity.