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4.3 out of 5 stars
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Flesh & Blood [VINYL]
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on 12 February 2014
This album definitely has a mellower and more introspective feel to it than earlier ones but you could see it was heading this way with April Uprising. The production has become slicker but to me this is to the detriment of missing the rawness from earlier albums and hearing JBT rip it up on the guitar. (same applies for Iron and Wines latest album) This might be due to increased influence of his wife and band members and him letting go of his work slightly but also due to being in a different place in his life. Id agree with the previous review that there arent any stand out songs like his other albums (maybe Only One apart), having said that if you watch the live acoustic performance of some of the songs on YouTube, such as Livin in the City and Only One they sound amazing and CD production sometimes takes something away from the music. I have no doubt performed live they would sound amazing as they always do from a JBT live performance.
In summary a very accomplished album, great lyrics and songwriting, and way way better than 99% of albums that will be out this year and JBT is still my favourite musician of all time (if anyone hasnt listened to his earlier albums please please do...and watch Ocean on Youtube, unbelievably good, ive seen Ocean live and the audience is hypnotised by it for over 10 minutes). However, the songs are too mellow and slick for me, when compared to Sunrise Over Sea and Grand National, with not enough lively tracks and i worry he going down the mainstream road instead of sticking to his roots. He needs to get angry again!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 5 February 2014
it would be easy to lump John Butler into the "Oh no, not another earnest singer/songwriter" bin, but it would be wrong to do so. Firstly the trio are rock solid, funky and right on the money. Secondly there is a degree of swing to the songs here, they inhabit a variety of styles from straight blues to funky country, almost a bit like Red Hot Chilli Peppers on occasion. Thirdly, Butler is one hell of a guitarist, soloing at will and once again showing he has mastered a number of styles. My one caveat would be the lack of a killer song that instantly jumps out at you but on repeated listens tracks such as Cold Wind and Wings are Wild grab onto your attention and don't easily let go. This one is a definite "grower".
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on 12 April 2017
If you enjoy good music, quality songwriting, edginess, originality, and a singer who's not an Anthony Keidis soundailike, then I'd suggest you give this one a miss.
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on 23 February 2014
Great album, just got to know them and will be seeing them in Perth Western Australia very soon. Great Listening.
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on 7 November 2014
Whilst the opening for John Butler Trio's newest offering is just beautiful and upbeat, it quickly becomes more mellow and even at points almost sombre. Not a bad thing mind you, the album isn't quite up to the same level as Grand National but it kept me rhythmically tapping my desk and half-dancing on the bus, so they've definitely still got it.
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on 25 August 2014
A stunning album from the fist track to the last. Only had the album for a couple of days and have already listened to it 16 times! Best tracks for me are Bullet Girl and Wings are Wide. As others have said it is not as 'raw' as some of his other work but that does not detract from how good this album is. Buy it now!
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on 29 March 2014
Great album , plenty of variety, John Butler 's guitar playing is a stand out, the whole band put in strong performances,
Recommended.
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on 15 February 2014
This is an excellent Cd. I'd never heard of John Butler before till my son introduced me to him about a month ago. I've played the songs over and over again. And it songs are good as the day I first heard them . Its an amazingly good Cd. A must buy or download
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on 27 August 2014
Several inspirations, rock, country... It's a very good album that doesn't sound like the previous ones. Maybe it's more pop, I don't know, but it still remains a very good band.
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on 17 March 2014
Brilliant album. I've heard quite a few folks complaining that there are "no stand out songs" on the album, but that's because they're all stand out songs. The album has a more mellow feel to it than the last few, but still wonderful. Sticking true to the JBT sound, funky, fresh and fun; yet feeling somewhat more grown up.
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