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on 11 May 2007
I can't quite work this album out. In essence, it's similar to Sunrise Over Sea, with the same mix of rock/folk/blues/reggae. But for some reason it's nowhere near as good as that album.
This seems like John Butler Lite to me, even though it's overproduced compared to previous efforts. The faster songs lack energy, the slower numbers lack beauty. The vocal melodies and choruses are weak compared to SOS. Funky Tonight is probably the only track here that would have made it on to that album if it had been written then.
The long track, Gov Did Nothing, is forgettable and has none of the excitement of the longer stuff on Three, and some of the lyrics on other tracks are verging on the embarrassing - "beautiful woman, so sexy"!
It's not a bad album at all, and newcomers to JBT will probably like it, but unless you're into mainstream stuff then make sure you have the first three albums and the live ones, which are life-enhancing.