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Ben Harper is a road dog. He and his band, the Innocent Criminals, travel around the world playing nearly 200 shows a year; therefore, it was only a matter of time before this guitar virtuoso made a live album. Live From Mars, an enigmatic two-disc set of 25 songs, celebrates the rise of Harper, his incredible live presence between 1998 and 2000, and the appreciation between him and his audience. His fragile acoustics have been thrown into a massive guitar storm on disc one, a thunderous combination of his signature folky blues-funk rock & roll. He's soulful and approachable on "Excuse Me Mr." and "Burn One Down," but he reaches for something tangible on Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing." The vibe is calm and cool while Harper's vocals scale between a sweet falsetto and a rugged twang. "Faded" exudes Harper's electric twitching, and its perfection swaggers into a riveting cover of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" for a near ten-minute car crash of pure rollicking. He switches from his electric to an acoustic for disc two, making his informality even more enticing. "Waiting on an Angel" is delicate, similar to the likes of Jeff Buckley, but it's the beauty of the Verve's "The Drugs Don't Work" that truly captures the standard of excellence that Harper depicts as a performer. Acoustically, he's honored and such praise is deserved. He's practically flawless. He's a modest artist, and such humility is found among his songs. He's achieved respectability with his fans that only so many artists are able to attain. Live From Mars is a proper release and certainly an inviting look into Harper and the showmanship he projects while spending time on the road. ~ MacKenzie Wilson
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Glory & Consequence Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals 6:1
  3. 2 Excuse Me Mr. Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals 4:55
  4. 3 Alone Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals 5:1
  5. 4 Sexual Healing Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals 5:15
  6. 5 Woman in You Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals 8:1
  7. 6 Ground on Down Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals 5:40
  8. 7 Steal My Kisses Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals 5:16
  9. 8 Burn One Down Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals 4:54
  10. 9 Mama's Got a Girlfriend Now Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals 2:54
  11. 10 Welcome to the Cruel World Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals 5:53
  12. 11 Forgiven Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals 9:27
  13. 12 Faded/Whole Lot of Love Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals 10:44
  14. 1 Waiting on an Angel Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals 4:27
  15. 2 Roses From My Friends Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals 5:37
  16. 3 Power of the Gospel Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals 6:50
  17. 4 Pleasure and Pain Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals 4:29
  18. 5 Please Bleed Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals 4:57
  19. 6 The Drugs Don't Work Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals 4:38
  20. 7 In the Lord's Arms Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals 3:15
  21. 8 Not Fire, Not Ice Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals 3:45
  22. 9 Beloved One Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals 3:48
  23. 10 Number Three Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals 2:31
  24. 11 Walk Away Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals 4:36
  25. 12 Another Lonely Day Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals 4:48
  26. 13 Like a King/I'll Rise Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals 10:1

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