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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.'
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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.Read more ›
All previous albums and their newest Flesh & Blood are just as good.
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"
Incredible musicians and their sound is growing as they do.
See them live if you have any doubts!
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Audio quality is quite horrifying!! Sounds like it is coming through a tin can on most of the songs. Disappointed.Published 10 days ago by Toma Kenyon
JBT-April Uprising is fantastic! Amazon shipping is terrible-the CD arrived FOLDED and unplayable! It was a gift for Christmas; so of course by the time my son opened it... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Michael A Flaim
I love listening to this when I am relaxing. Great CD with many great songs. Can't wait to go see in concert.Published on June 4, 2014 by C. Preston
I love this CD. One of my favorites! I will be glad recommend it to all my friends. Love John Butler!Published on May 27, 2014 by Misty Chabot
great live each time I've seen them
great band, even with a new drummer. check'em out at Lollapalooza'14 if you can