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Welcome to the Cruel World - Ben Harper
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  1. The Three of Us
  2. Whipping Boy
  3. Breakin' Down
  4. Don't Take That Attitude to Your Grave
  5. Waiting on an Angel
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  1. The Three of Us
  2. Whipping Boy
  3. Breakin' Down
  4. Don't Take That Attitude to Your Grave
  5. Waiting on an Angel
  6. Mama's Got a Girlfriend Now
  7. Forever
  8. Like a King
  9. Pleasure and Pain
  10. Walk Away
  11. How Many Miles Must We March
  12. Welcome to the Cruel World
  13. I'll Rise
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The full range of Ben Harper's influences would not come to bear until later albums, but his debut, Welcome to the Cruel World, lays a strong foundation. "Like a King" and "Take That Attitude to Your Grave" burn with a political conviction rarely heard during the 1990s. "Forever" has a tenderness which demonstrates Harper's emotional range. Lackluster hippie jams that cultivated his early following may have served a purpose but feel fluffy by comparison when compared to the meatier tracks. Ben closes the album with a song ...

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