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Harper, Ben & the Blind Boys / There Will Be a Light
Album:There Will Be a Light Collection:General
Artist:Harper, Ben & the Blind Boys Added:11/2004
Label:Virgin Records America 

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Add Date:2004-12-12 Pull Date:2005-02-13 
Week Ending:23 Jan19 Dec

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Album Review
Kathryn Todd
Reviewed 2004-12-06 
Modern gospel, with reggae, R&B, doo-wop, and bluegrass influences. Suffers from overproduction, and many of the tracks with multiple vocalists feel perfunctory, but some of the simpler songs really shine. I liked: 3, 5, 6, and 11. No FCC’s.

Track 1: Technically proficient but unsurprising percussion, funk-lite electric guitars. Lacks the euphoria present in many good gospel songs.
Track 2: Sounds like a pale sad echo of a Janis Joplin song.
Track 3: **Mellow 1950’s-style accompaniment is nothing remarkable, but the vocals on this track are sensitive, surprising, and heartfelt.
Track 4: Reggae-tinged.
Track 5: ** Meditative instrumental, with an Indian feel.
Track 6: **Dark and simple. Allusive lyrics about poverty of spirit.
Track 7: Opens with a muted organ that’s supposed to sound heavenly, with a steel guitar coming in to give a sort of Sandals Resort Caribbean feel. Reminds me of slimy televangelists.
Track 8: *Relentless rhythmic percussion and vocal backup. Emotion builds and ebbs nicely.
Track 9: *A cappella. Lovely chanted harmonies.
Track 10: *Sweet R&B style, with soloist and chorus. The surprising twist and the end of the refrain saves it from utter blandness.
Track 11: **Opens with a rousing tambourine. Bouncy country-style rhythm. Infectious.


Track Listing
1.Take My Hand 6.Well, Well, Well
2.Wicked Man 7.Pictures of Jesus
3.Where Could I Go 8.Satisfied Mind
4.Church House Steps 9.Mother Pray
5.11TH Commandment 10.There Will Be a Light
 11.Church on Time