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John Butler returns with his first album in three years, April Uprising, on April 6, 2010.

The album finds the multi-platinum Australian artist with a new line up and a new label in the States, ATO Records. Recorded at The Compound, Butler s self-built studio in the heart of his hometown of Fremantle, Western Australia, April Uprising is the followup to 2007 s critically acclaimed and globally successful release, Grand National. This album yielded a number one US Triple A single, 'Better Than,' and rave reviews for its sophisticated mix of guitar stylings, hip hop beats and intelligent, socially conscious lyrics. The release also attracted a global audience and found the former busker-turned-international-recording-and-touring artist appearing at music fests worldwide performing as the John Butler Trio.

April Uprising, is Butler s most focused, diverse and accessible album to date, has already yielded a number one radio song on the Australian charts with its first single, 'One Way Road.'

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Revolution
  2. One Way Road
  3. C'mon Now
  4. I'd Do Anything
  5. Ragged Mile
  6. Johnny's Gone
  7. Close To You
  8. Don't Wanna See Your Face
  9. Take Me
  10. Fool For You
  11. To Look Like You
  12. Steal It
  13. Mystery Man
  14. Gonna Be A Long Time
  15. A Star Is Born


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 2, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ATO Records
  • ASIN: B0037EDIKA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,135 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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As someone who wasn't happy when John Butler announced he was changing up his band, April Uprising completely blew me away. The album may possibly be one of John Butler's most diverse albums to date.

While there's a lot of criticism floating around that he's "sold out to the man", the album is more an exploration of himself than an attempt at becoming commercial. He hasn't hidden the fact that the last two years or so were a time for upheaval for him and re-discovery (or possibly, just discovery), and this album is a travel log of that journey.

The new line-up is absolutely fantastic and its obvious that all three of them bring different elements to the creative soup. They've allowed John to really experiment with some different sounds - the album ranges from his more traditional sound (Revolution, Gonna Be A Long Time, Ragged Mile), to pop-rock (One Way Road), to dance (Close to You) and even a dabble at punk (C'mon Now). And you can really tell they're having a complete ball playing around with music.

At first listen, yes, the album comes off as a complete 180 from the previous records but I'm not someone who compares or judges new albums to old ones. Part of being an artist is breaking boundaries, dabbling with new sounds and colours, taking the unknown path - and that is exactly what he does here. You also get to hear how John has really grown as an artist: the sound is much tighter, the lyrics are more condensed without losing their meaning. He's still singing out his message of social consciousness but he's no longer wandering through rambling sentences. The inspiration, the originality and the cause are all still there.
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I bought this CD because I saw them live and really dug their originality and offbeat "vibe." However, comma, the songs on this CD differ somewhat from what I saw onstage. They use the same tired old formulas that pop music has been using since the stone age. A couple of stand out tunes ("Revolution" and "Don't Wanna See Your Face No More") are fun, but it's hopelessly formulaic for the most part.
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By crisray on April 24, 2012
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One of my all time favorite CD's. It's been a while since I bought a CD I could listen to over and over again but this is definitely one of them. I like the new things they are trying with the music, it's a bit different from the old but I love it anyway.
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This is one of those albums that you can let ride through to the very end. John Butler Trio never seems to disappoint. The amount of diversity in their songs is outrageous. From a production and music engineering standpoint the album is brilliant in so many ways. You can really hear it on "Fool For You".

All previous albums and their newest Flesh & Blood are just as good.
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I have been A JBT fan since I first heard Sunrise Over Sea. I think with every cd, JB trys something new. Some people like it, some people do not. Hey, thats their prerogative, isnt it? I think its health that artist experiment with their music, art, etc. Who wants to be stuck in a rut. This is a great cd, from beginning to end. Who cares if it does not sound like the others Its still great, but , again, hey, everyone is entitled to their own opinions.
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I consider John Butler to be a Living Master of creative guitar licks. The man is like a ninja on the strings but his vocals and lyrics make my ears cry. For years I listened to Grand National and their self-titled album for the amazing guitar work and the chemistry in their instrument arrangements. I always hoped they would become "The John Butler Quartet" and hire someone new for most of the singing, though.

Well, this album marks a serious change of pace for the band. John's vocals have finally been tamed, but so has his guitar! This album is a lot more slick and polished and the improvement in production value is really nice, but I kind of miss the raw guitar gymnastics that John squeezed out on "Funky Tonight" or "Ocean". Even though there isn't as much showing off on "April Uprising" there are stills lots of wicked grooves. It is a joy to hear John let his guitar and voice work together, rather than engaging in a poorly arranged power struggle.

I recommend this album for any fan of The John Butler Trio, unless you're the type to get uptight about artists who change and grow. I also recommend it for anyone who always wanted to be a JBT fan but couldn't get past the embarrassing vocals. This album is so listenable! Since I got it I have had it on constantly. I hope the next album can sound as good as this one while still leaving me feeling like a satisfied victim of "Assault With a Deadly Guitar"
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I checked out what some of you have said and I understand that April Uprising is different from some of John Butler's last albums. We can all probably agree that Grand National was pretty much a greatest hits album. That being said why does it have to be the same sound as what we are used to. John Butler Trio is an incredibly versatile group and the album starts on a tear with Revolution.

Incredible musicians and their sound is growing as they do.

See them live if you have any doubts!
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