Sunrise Over Sea Import
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I recently saw Johnny B perform live and was blown away... If you get the chance to see him live, don't pass it up!
Listen for these songs:
What you want (an extremely moving song- and even more so live!)
Company Sin (exremely catchy lyrics and tune)
Peaches and Cream (a very meaningful song dedicated to his wife & daughter)
Hello (catchy song with a moral!)
If you like John Butler Trio, chances are you'll like Xavier Rudd (another talented Australian guitarist)
"Treat Yo Mama" has a nice rhythmic bounce to it. Lyrically it throws you a curve ball because it's not about maternal love; it's about loving Mother Earth. The guitar tone in the solo is impressive. A funky bass line, soulful reggae vocals delivery, and simple acoustic lick embody "Company Sin". "Betterman" is a swampy acoustic blues rocker. Soft strings and acoustic chord patterns impose a tender emotional feeling on "What You Want", as do the touching lyrics.
Only faded vocals and a banjo make up the lyrically powerful "Damned to Hell". "Seeing Angels" is a ballad that John Butler wrote about is wife. His lyrical delivery is sincere and the music is poignant. The driving rhythms and commanding vocals of "There'll Come a Time" speaks of how our world will eventually fade away if we continue on our current path. "Mist" is an all-out acoustic/percussion instrumental assault. I picture someone running through the rain forest.
Sunrise Under Sea is comprised of the John Butler Trio's expressions and views on the environment, spirituality, and love set to an acoustic rock back-beat.
So when the John Butler Trio was described to me as a "jam band," I was expecting something along the lines of the standard genre-bending Grateful Dead knockoff that played really wimpy soft rock tunes that only sound decent in a live context. Boy was I wrong.
Much like I can't explain why I dislike jam bands, I can't really explain why JBT is different. For some reason, I found their particular mix of rock, folk, country, funk, etc. to be surprisingly accessible. Why? I think it may be the fact that I can actually pick out the distinctive elements of their influences in their music. Where normally jam bands mash genres together until it resembles nothing so much as a homogeneous musical Frankenstein that amounts to little more than an excuse for live improvisation, with the songs on SUNRISE OVER SEA, the average listener (me) is able to appreciate the massive variety that can be contained in a single song without the use of headphones, illicit substances, or live bootlegs for comparison.
It also helps that Butler has a knack for pop songwriting--nearly all of the tunes have that memorable quality that never mutates into stuck-in-your-head annoying.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great album. Love this guy. Arrived on time and I've been listening to it pretty much every day since I got it!Published on May 19, 2014 by Jason Vantine
Getting into JBT late with Grand National and Revolution, it is nice to hear their earlier music that I first heard on the live Red Rocks CD/DVD. Read morePublished on August 28, 2013 by Daniel C. Krieg
The John Butler Trio keeps expanding their fan base with another stellar performance on this CD. In his native Australia he is God, not so in the Americas, but he is fast... Read morePublished on October 6, 2012 by To The Max"Bax"
This album is just exquisite. If you are not familiar with JBT then this is an excellent introduction. If you have later works, this album is a must have. Read morePublished on September 20, 2012 by V R Ryan
the cd was the one of the cheapest i have ever bought which is incredible. but i was expecting a digipack and instead cam a jewel case which i was pretty sad about. Read morePublished on February 17, 2012 by Nicole Guillon
Probably JBT's best studio album. Certainly light years better than "Grand National" or "April Uprising".Published on April 7, 2010 by Chris F.
Earnest but somewhat predictable roots rock benefits from punctual acoustics and soulful delivery but often falls into somewhat generic compositional form.Published on June 23, 2009 by IRate