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Ben Harper – Burn to Shine

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Burn to Shine is an album by Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, released in 1999 on Virgin Records America. The album shows Harper working within many different genres, including blues, rock, soul, and folk. The songs “Steal My Kisses” and “Suzie Blue” became successful on college radio. Like most other Harper albums, different versions were released in different regions within varying bonus material.

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AllMusic Review by Chris Slawecki

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
2. The Women In You
3. Less
1. Two Hands of a Prayer
2. Please Bleed
3 Suzie Blue
1. Steal My Kisses
2. Burn to Shine
3. Show Me A Little Shame
1. Forgiven
2. Beloved One
3. In the Lord’s Arms


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Weight 0.760 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm