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"This high-energy band was put on this earth to work crowds into a foamy lather."
-- Rockturtleneck

Born in the great melting pot of Chicagoʼs Uptown neighborhood in 2007, guitarist Billy Bungeroth, drummer Kevin Marks, and bassist Ben Taylor (Beat Down Sound/September Sessions soundtrack) joined forces with the Lowdown Horns to lay a ferocious foundation for the ... Read more in Amazon's JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound Store

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  • Vinyl (October 24, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bloodshot Records
  • ASIN: B005K15OGE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,020 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Want More
2. Everything Will Be Fine
3. I Got High
4. I Am Trying To Break Your Heart
5. Don't Lock the Door
6. Baaadnews
7. To Love Someone (That Don'T Love You)
8. I Can See Everything
9. Missing Things
10. Sister Ray Charles
11. Awake

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This Chicago band s second album is a lively set of gritty old-school soul and funk injected with some raw garage-rock aggression. An energetic blend of tight, funky rhythms, stabbing horns, keyboards and guitars accompanies frontman JC Brooks, whose impressive vocals gracefully glide between grainy shouting and smooth crooning with some spine-tingling falsetto on songs ranging from hedonistic party starters to socially conscious anthems. --Don Yates, KEXP

Those who have seen JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound perform usually describe their reaction in two words: blown away. --KDHX, St Louis

Whether or not Brooks and company find the best way to handle life's twists and turns, their words are laced with honesty, as a burgeoning band brings a joyous song to life while singing about the everyday. It's what pop musicians have been doing for decades: singing relatable tunes for people who can hum along when they're not muttering, 'Yeah, I've been there.' --NPR Song of the Day

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Welcome JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound: a group of locals who have heated up Chicago with their brand of Motown throwbacks with a post-punk edge, a charismatic frontman with movie-star looks, and plenty of soul to spare.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Chicago's Proud Of JC Brooks And The Uptown Sound! November 25, 2011
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After originally purchasing "Beat of Our Own Drum," I greatly anticipated the release of "Want More," JCBUS' second album, and so I pre-ordered it on here. When it arrived, I was extremely pleased with what I heard. From start to finish, and as the album progresses, I was really impressed by the variety of vivid textures, rhythms, and beats to the music, and to each song. Each piece has its own resonance that stays with you, which to me, is a sign of great music, especially when you can make such a statement about THE ENTIRE ALBUM. It's kind of like when you taste some superb wine that your palate remembers weeks later that just comes back to your senses. Well, it's the same thing with JCBUS, and their music. -What I hear sticks in my ear, and the music stays with me-

Up and up gentlemen- (I can't wait for the third album)
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5.0 out of 5 stars This'll make you SHAKE IT December 28, 2011
By 2 Girls
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I DARE you to sit through the track "Everything Will Be Fine". And "Baaadnews" is gonna make you swagger. But the best track is the cover of Wilco's "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart." Holy smokes! This is not for background music. This is Soul/Rock to get you out of your chair and shake it like a Bond martini.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great purchase April 4, 2014
By D.S.
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Great album, unique sound, very powerful lyrics. Saw them in concert in Chicago and they were just as amazing live
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Old School February 18, 2014
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Close your eyes and use your imagination.He sounds like Otis Redding on one cut and then Smokey Robinson on another.Saw the poster on T.V. show "New Girl".Everyone i play it for loves it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love these guys! July 6, 2013
Format:Audio CD
First heard this band via "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart" -- put the video on my blog, and now I stop by and replay it at least four or five times a week. (P.S. Did NOT like Wilco's cover of this song at all. Put me to sleep.)
I grew up in Michigan, a few hours north of Chicago, and love it when they break into the bluesy stuff. (The trombone on "I Am Trying" was just icing on the cake. Do more of the interesting patterns and bridges in between, guys! And keep up the terrific work.
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