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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 26, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: April 4, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Easy Star
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • ASIN: B00092ZMXO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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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 UB40...it 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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By KT on May 4, 2005
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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!

Jerry
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