12 Days of Music: A Review of Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals Call It What It Is

Artist: Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

Album: Call It What It Is – Concord/Stax Records 2016

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I love how Ben Harper write songs which epitomize so much that is going today. This album dances around a multitude of genres. He figures a way to balance soul with rebellious attitude which harkens back to the days of Stax Records and powerful songwriting. The songs are full of depth, and go from the joys of life to unapologetically challenging the establishment with vivid descriptions of the actions we do not want to talk about.

I enjoy the songs which do not just follow what is normal. Music is supposed to be the message which others just can’t vocalize. With this album, life is defined if every song, every phrase, every simple beat. It’s harder to find artists who challenge the establishment yet find a way to respond with grace. It is one the best albums because it displays why music is so vital, especially during the times of searching for hope.

My favorite track is “Deeper and Deeper.” With a chorus, a simple chordal progression, and the haunting single piano note playing in the background. The chorus hauntingly enters, and veers into a whirlwind of life analogies. Described in a way only Ben Harper can do. Sorrow? But hope layered upon a depth of emotion throughout the journey of the song. These are songs which I always find a calmness in and reminds me a little bit of my Texas home.

Ruben Lira

About Ruben Lira

Hello my name is Ruben Lira and I am an associate music supervisor for PlayNetwork. I have been in the industry for 14 years.

The desire to learn to play The Kinks, “You Really Got Me,” plus picking up my first instrument, had me hooked on music. I soon started playing in bands, and realized I could actually make a living in music. This led me to pursuing my passion. I received my Bachelors in music from The University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio Texas, studying a variety of music, ranging from classical to jazz to world music in the Mediterranean and Middle East. I also studied music therapy for 2 years which allowed me to appreciate all forms of music.

Prior to joining PlayNetwork, I worked all around the music industry—at record labels, music companies, and even writing blogs for Tour Worthy. Most recently, I worked at Knick Knack Records and Sarathan Records.

When I am not procuring and editing music, assisting with client and brand relations, or cataloging music at PlayNetwork, I enjoy playing the guitar, the piano and tutoring a music theory lesson here and there. Honestly, the best part about working with music is that I am able work in a field I truly love, and I get to work with people who are just as passionate about music as I am!

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