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Grand National [CD]

The John Butler TrioAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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In June this year, John Butler proudly announced the new line up of the ever evolving John Butler Trio. Prominent Melbourne musician Nicky Bomba (drums and percussion) of ‘Bomba’ fame and principal drummer on ‘Sunrise Over Sea’ joined the band and bass player Byron Luiters from Sydney outfit Ray Mann Three completed the new line up. Having spent the ... Read more in Amazon's The John Butler Trio Store

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  • Audio CD (March 27, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000N3ST4S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,592 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Better Than
2. Daniella
3. Funky Tonight
4. Caroline
5. Good Excuse
6. Used To Get High
7. Gov Did Nothing
8. Groovin' Slowly
9. Devil Running
10. Losing You
11. Nowhere Man
12. Fire In The Sky
13. Gonna Take It

Editorial Reviews

The pigeonholes that exist have long been a bad fit for John Butler anyway. Roots band, protest band, jam band, groove band . . . these labels may or may not have applied in the past, but the John Butler Trio of 2007 has come too far and seen too much to sit in anybody else's niche. "GRAND NATIONAL" is more about love than injustice, more about ass-shaking than finger-pointing, and more about maintaining the funk than any particular hairstyle. It's an album of sharp focus and wide variety that matches and surpasses monumental expectations.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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I have been a big fan of JBT for many years and was ecstatic that they were finally doing a worldwide release instead of the altered American export versions they have released in the past. That being said, I think it is interesting that they decided to announce themselves worldwide with this twist from their traditional style. I grew to love JBT for the heavily acoustic driven politically charged songs that inspired me to take a good look at myself and the world we live in. This album does maintain some of this through the excellent "Fire in the Sky" and "Used to get High", but the general theme of the album is definitely more funk then fight. While this does make the album a little more radio friendly, many of the loyal JBT fans that I associate with seem to miss the "in your face" lyrical style of the past 10 years or so. I also think this album does not showcase John's amazing 12(or 11)-string guitar talent as much as JBT has done in the past, but rather incorporates much more of the other musicians providing for a much more mature sound overall at the cost of some of JBT's traditional flare. This is not to negate the albums positive attributes. This album has definitely been in my rotation since the day I purchased it and will certainly be one of my feel good discs of the summer.

Bottom line: If this is your first JBT experience then you are certainly getting a wonderful start, but please don't stop here because you will be missing out on some of the most amazing music of the past decade.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could they really have gotten better? May 31, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I first heard the John Butler Trio on KGSR Radio in Austin, TX. They played at SXSW Music Conference and the ACL Music Festival after that. They've got a funky Aboriginal sound that's totally their own. I honestly didn't think I'd like anything more than "Sunrise over Sea" but I obviously was wrong.

There aren't any political statements here, just good, solid rocking fun. If you haven't heard them, start with this CD.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The band's most eclectic album yet" March 27, 2007
By Mike
Format:Audio CD
John Butler's sound continues to evolve, and Grand National features the band's most eclectic album yet: from the Bob Marley-esque vibe of "Groovin' Slowly," to the hard rock of "Devil Running," to the smooth ballad of "Losing You," and even the beat-boxing and turntable scratching of "Daniella," John manages to squeeze as many styles of music as possible into one album.

It's also great to hear the band incorporating more elements into their music, such as the horn section in "Gov Did Nothin'" to signify the music scene of New Orleans (in a song referring to Hurricane Katrina), or the harmonica and turntables in "Daniella" and ukulele in "Groovin' Slowly." While fans typically cringe at first mention of an artist trying to expand their sound, John stands true to his roots as a musician interested in talking about important issues--singing about the senselessness of war in "Fire in the Sky," loving his wife in the beautiful "Losing You," his naivety as a young man in "Used to Get High," and teenage suicide in "Caroline."

The only area I think the album falls short is in the inconsistent production of each track; some tracks sound over-produced, while others have that "indie" feel of an amateur recording. That aside, the album is amazing, and definitely worth you taking some time out of your day to listen to.

Key Tracks:
Used to Get High
Losing You
Fire in the Sky
Better Than
Gonna Take It
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I first heard the John Butler Trio on XM radio's XM Cafe. I like this CD because the songs are upbeat, nearly all of them are good, they do not all sound the same, and the disk passes the criteria of I like listening to it over and over again. My music taste runs from O.A.R., Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews, some Beck, to the first (not the most recent) Maroon 5 disk, etc. so you get an idea... suggest you listen to the sample clips and if you like them, try it - you'll like it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JBT Rocks... March 27, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This album starts off rockin and never stops. The Trio delivers again with a bunch of great tracks and a sick jam out on "Gov Did Nothin." Better Than, Daniella, Used To Get High, Fire In The Sky, and Gonna Take It are all awesome songs. The rhythm of Groovin Slowly is sweet too cause it defintely makes you want to move around.

This album is great from start to finish and more people need to experience the John Butler Trio. See you and the Trio at Bonnaroo...
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic and energetic May 14, 2007
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Though I think it's too early to coronate "Grand National" as the best effort by the John Butler Trio, I think one could argue that it is their most consistently musical effort to date. Augmenting John Butler's whiplash playing of his acoustic guitars with a fuller array of instruments layers the band's sound, and his trio mates really step up as well.

Sometimes the marriage of rock `n roll and social and environmental injustices either smacks of self-righteousness or ceases to be graceful and fluid. For the most part, Mr. Butler sidesteps those hindrances yet he does stumble a bit on the awkward, even embarrassing second track Daniella.

But it's pretty easy to put those sorts of moments in the rearview mirror when the JBT hits full throttle on Funky Tonight, the kind of song that energizes the inner whirling dervish in us all.

If I were to sum it up in two words, I would offer eclectic and energetic.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this CD
I had purchased this cd when it first came out. I lost my cd and had to repurchase. I really enjoy listening to this group. I need to check out some of their other CDs.
Published 8 months ago by Melanie berding
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Album
This one isn't my favorite, but it does have good songs that are very much worth listening to :0) Love this band!
Published 8 months ago by Meaghan
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums out there
This is one of the albums I put on to pick me up. It's absolutely awesome music by an amazing (still relatively underrated) artist. Buy his music and go see one of his shows!
Published 8 months ago by Jeremy Neff
5.0 out of 5 stars Can never complain about JBT
JBT is such a awesome group can never get to much of them. Everything they put out is amazing if you liked Sunrise Over Sea you would like this or if you like great music buy this.
Published 11 months ago by musicman16
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Sound
I started off by buying "Better Than" but once I listened to a few other songs on YouTube, I had to buy the album. A fresh, talented group that I cannot get enough of! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Sylvia V Panek
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful music
as i have said about several albums already john butler is probably one of the greatest bands i have ever heard..... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Tristen Morris
1.0 out of 5 stars not as excpected
I love John Butler Trios song: Ocean, really loved it. Bought this and another CD anfter that, but realized the music is much heavier than i thought.
Published 15 months ago by JBo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD!
Nice mix of roots ,reggae, and groove. Took a chance and was absolutely glad that I did. Will definitely purchase more from this band.
Published 18 months ago by michael Crossetti
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty freaking awesome
This is a fine album. I remember listening to it in a warehouse gig I did a while back - it took the edge off the BEEP BEEP BEEP of a forklift in reverse. Read more
Published 19 months ago by D. Masten
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT
After being referred to JBT, I bought the CD to check them out. I LOVE IT! Amazing group with a reggae, feel good feel. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jen Watson
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