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Ben Harper: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Andy Gill, MOJO, August 1997

THERE'S SOMETHING going on here. Before he's even played a note, Ben Harper is treated by a jam-packed house to a standing ovation of Messianic proportions just for walking on-stage. With no hype, well away from the rule glare of publicity, and consequently ignored by a docile music press, Ben Harper is quietly becoming a major artist – and a major artist of international stature, judging by the polyglot acclaim.

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