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Pressure Points

John Brown's BodyAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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When John Brown’s Body released their fifth studio album in 2005, the band looked forward to the happy grind of touring to support the release. With Pressure Points hailed by critics as “their strongest, most consistent effort to date,” [Popmatters] JBB set out on tour and continued their efforts to conquer the world. Little did they know that they were about to go through a ... Read more in Amazon's John Brown's Body Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 26, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Easy Star
  • ASIN: B00092ZMXO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,774 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bread
2. Heart and Soul
3. Blazing Love
4. New Blood
5. Make It Easy
6. Full Control
7. What We Gonna Do?
8. Picking Up
9. Resonate
10. Not Enough
11. Follow into Shadow
12. Pressure Points

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Product Description

Over the course of a handful of albums, John Brown's Body has gotten tons of props for its approach to reggae. Far from being some Bob Marley cover band that plays reggae night at a Daytona Beach bar, the Boston/Ithaca, NY-based band fuses socially conscious lyrics with a vintage roots sound epitomized in the use of B3 organ, a horn section, great harmony vocals and a general warm analog production sound that recalls reggae's 1970s heyday. The eight-piece band's first album for the great Easy Star label sticks with that sound while also tastefully updating it with a bit more pop melody carried on the vocals, particularly on "Blazing Love" and "Make It Easy." Those looking for something more rootsy among the dozen songs should get what they need from "What We Gonna Do?" or the chugging "Resonate." Some question the band's origins in the Northeast (and not Jamaica), but there is no roots reggae band out there better than JBB. -- Tad Hendrickson

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best JBB Album So Far April 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Yeah, I'm really surprised people get so upset because JBB is evolving musically. Fact is they are not the same band they were on the first two albums--they are writing much more interesting songs, play tighter more interesting music, and are doing something unique as opposed to just being a plain old reggae band. I'm surprised to see anyone compare this to bad UB40, which is all about simplified cover versions of old hits...this is original music with an emphasis on original riddims, strong melodies, etc...think more massive attack, police, ben harper than ain't straight up reggae, but some of the songs are fantastic reggae tracks, like "Not Enough" featuring the Meditations. The record is solid from top to bottom...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic! May 4, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Over the years JBB has developed a unique and original sound. And with Pressure Points, their 5th studio album, we are seeing the pay off for their hard work. It is so difficult to find any music these days that offers true original material, especially in reggae. But JBB have found their own voice and it is on display throughout the album. Standout tracks are Picking Up, Not Enough (featuring haunting backing vocals by The Meditations) and Blazing Love, one of the best love songs I have heard in years. If you are interested in music that captures the soul, go no further.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best reggae album since Heart of Congos April 13, 2006
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Kevin Kinsella takes a fat step back on this album for the benefit of the entire group. Every musician in the band sounds great. The bass is on, the drums. The album is produced by the Easy Star All-Stars, that brought Dub Side of the Moon; maybe that has something to do with it. What is so amazing about Pressure Points is Elliot Martin. I swear to everyone, this guy is on par with Bob Marley, Jacob Miller, Junior Murvin, Horace Andy, etc. Never before have I heard any "modern" reggae that compares to anything from the rocksteady/dub era. One reviewer calls Martin's style dancehall. His style is unlike anything ever heard before.

This album by far surpasses anything that they've ever done, I promise.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A band on the rise April 26, 2005
By Joe T
Format:Audio CD
Pressure Points represents the coming of age for one of the best bands in the biz. Seems like some old JBB fans may not be willing to go on the journey, but trust me, it is worth the trip. All the tracks on this album are solid but the gems are Blazing Love, Make It Easy and Pressure Points. This is a must have for anyone who loves music.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time heals...... December 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD
You have to admire the consistency and growth of this group. Then as you listen, you discover savvy songwriting skills and excellent musicianship. For a moment, lets forget that they chose the format of reggae to communicate to the masses. The lyrics mostly indicate righteous, positive messages with enlightenment being the prime motivator. This style of music is healing music. It comes from inside. What about past messengers. John Lennon (with Imagine) or Gandhi with the quote, "Be the change you want to see in the world." Using your success to spread truth and righteousness is a respectable thing to do in my book.

Now for the reggae devoted, there are too many critics at times. Use your own judgement, listen carefully, the world may change. They still have their artistic integrity in tact. Those of you that can't stand to watch an artist grow need to sit back, drink some tea and take a class in songwriting to see if you can do it.........
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album, moving in a new direction May 9, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I've been listening to JBB since 1999 and have seen them several times in NYC. This album is what you've come to expect from JBB - serious horns and rhythms. However, what I didn't expect was the near absence of Kevin Kinsella on vocals. He formed the band in Ithaca, NY and was lead vocal on the past four albums. On Pressure Points, Elliot Martin sings 80% of the songs. This gives the album a much different feel than previous albums. Martin is a great song writer and explores material not approached by Kinsella, but his vocals are overproduced on several tracks. It almost gives these tracks an old 311 feel (not that 311 could approach JBB musically). Overall, a good album that takes JBB in a new direction. One question...why no songs by Silas? Time to Move On was hot.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Album April 27, 2005
By Trevor
Format:Audio CD
It must be hard to be a veteran band like John Brown's Body. How do you satisfy your base of fans, while moving forward to expand your audience. I think Pressure Points is how. Yes, things have changed since the first album, but just as in life, you can't keep living the same year, over and over again. What is great about the new album is that there is something for everyone.

Heart and Soul is a classic JBB track, while Blazing Love takes the band to knew heights I never imagined they would reach. I hope Pressure Points introduces the band to some new ears while holding on to the old, so that JBB can secure it's place as one of the great indie bands of their time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Band for Our Times September 10, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Don't know if anyone caught the latest issue of BEAT Magazine, the dancehall issue, but they called Pressure Points an incredible conotribution to the future of reggae. I would have to agree. Given JBB's sizeable fanbase and crossover appeal (opened for Dave Matthews, J5 and others), I think it is worth noting that they have maintained alot of their hardcore fans with this record and with thier constantly evolvong sound. I LOVE Make it Easy and Pressure Points on this disc, and also Not Enough. Great work boys, I just cant get enough!

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Pressure Points
You have to be a fan of JBB or of Reggae music to purchase this CD.Even though JBB is an american band they are playing with the heart and soul of a band who is from Jamica. Read more
Published on October 14, 2008 by M W
5.0 out of 5 stars Music for the soul
I just saw JBB at the Belly Up and was blown away. I had heard about them before but had never seen them live or bought a CD. Read more
Published on May 31, 2006 by jess
1.0 out of 5 stars More awful "reggae"
Knowing me as a huge reggae fan, a friend of mine gave me this miserable disc to listen to; and if I hadn't patiently endured it as captive audience before my car stereo, I would... Read more
Published on April 25, 2006 by Ernest Osborne
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect album.
Absolutely stunning. In my top 10 albums of all time. Have listened to it solidly for last 2 months. Most uplifting reggae album I have ever heard. Read more
Published on March 1, 2006 by Laurence Bennion
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best bands in America
I have been going to JBB shows for years, and though their studio albums cannot capture the true vibes of the live shows, they are great in their own right. Read more
Published on October 8, 2005 by rotc
5.0 out of 5 stars Best since This Day
Different than the others? Yes. Great album? Yes! This is a great, great album from Bread to Pressure Points, I love every track on there. Read more
Published on September 9, 2005 by shug
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointed
Dont get me wrong this is still a good album but compared to their older stuff this is crap. I dont like this new dancehall style of some of the songs. Read more
Published on September 6, 2005 by William Erickson
5.0 out of 5 stars Best JBB yet
Blazing Love, What We Gonna Do, Heart and Soul....these are some of the best songs JBB have ever put out. Read more
Published on July 7, 2005 by RM
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving in the right direction
Funny how a lot of people don't like change or growth. I saw JBB at The Independent the other night and picked up the new CD, after a few days of listening, I think this is one of... Read more
Published on June 27, 2005 by Larry Double
1.0 out of 5 stars JBB is up sh*t creek
JBB is not the same. They lost their bassist, their keyboardist, their sound man, some of the horns. Its not the same. Read more
Published on June 26, 2005 by J. Mueller
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