Fistful of Mercy
As I Call you Down
2010, Hot Records
- Fistful of Mercy
This "super group" was a very pleasant surprise for me. I've been a huge Ben Harper fan for quite some time, and got into Joseph Arthur after catching his song In the Sun in a movie soundtrack. Fistful of Mercy has paired up these two neo-folk/neo blues artists with Ayrton Wilbury, also known as George Harrison's son, Dhani.
Harrison has called this project his own Traveling Wilburys, however, the comparison stops there. I so very much want to love this album and collaboration, however, I wish there was more Ben Harper rhythm and less Arthur/Harrison schmaltz. The songs are very soft and sometimes uninspiring. Also, I'm not sure what to think of bands that name themselves the same thing as a title of a song they wrote. Fistful of Mercy the song is one of the better tracks on the album. Father's Son should have been a single, and is the best track, having an upbeat rhythm unlike the rest of the music, and very much like Ben Harper's work with the Innocent Criminals.