Review: Ben Harper’s ‘Lifeline’ Needs Help
2007 / Music

Review: Ben Harper’s ‘Lifeline’ Needs Help

Listen to any of his albums and it’s clear that jam-band titan Ben Harper remains a devotee of the classic-rock gods. His new album, “Lifeline,” however, signals that Harper has now crossed over from loyal fan to unconscious plagiarizer. Continue reading

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Review: M.I.A. Restores, Reimagines Hip-Hop’s Original Mission
2007 / Music

Review: M.I.A. Restores, Reimagines Hip-Hop’s Original Mission

Rapper M.I.A.’s slightly gaudy, polyrhythmic and electro-studded debut, “Arular,” was a pristine example of hip-hop’s global reach. Her new disc is even better and will put to rest any doubts about her hip-hop cachet. Continue reading