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The John Butler Trio, Sunrise Over Sea.

sunrise over sea is the john butler trio's new album.

if you've been reading for a while, you'll know that i like the john butler trio. (the band, essentially, is frontman john butler and a drummer and bass player who change roughly each album. for this album, the drummer is nicky bomba, and the bass player shannon birchall.) last year, i saw them live, and they performed a two and a half hour show that was, honestly, one of the most enjoyable experiences listening to live music i've had. the play with a passion, and a love, and if they play the music you dig, which is a mix of blues-roots-alt rock, then you're going to like pretty much everything they do. if, on the other hand, you're against that kind of music, and a bit of hippy tree hugging love, then this isn't going to work for you.

that said, sunrise over sea is a slightly more mature album that previously, but will not strike anyone who has the previous albums as being any big departure from what they do. it kicks off with 'treat yo mama' and ends with 'sometimes', clocking in at seventy odd minutes, and features an assortment of instruments (ranging from a lapsteel, 11 and 6 string guitars, congos, and to a kooky spoon) and at one point, features butler and a banjo in 'damned to hell'. the song has a nice old outback australian feel to it that, at a minute forty eight, ends long before it wears out its welcome. i have to admit that i am somewhat surprised i even tolerate this banjo song, since my childhood was very painful in the banjo area. but there you go. probably the biggest departure for the band as a whole, however, is 'zebra', which has been floating around as the single, and thus easily downloaded or heard. i'm not quite sure what they've bought into the song (i heard in an interview that it was a jazz influence, but i might be remembering this wrong) but whatever it is, it works.

ultimately, sunrise over sea is good, but nothing new. this bothers me not at all, however.

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ironed_orchid
Mar. 15th, 2004 04:25 am (UTC)
the band, essentially, is frontman john butler and a drummer and bass player who change roughly each album

There was a time it was John and 2 of his dear & trusted friends. Then he sacked them.
The stories I could tell...
(I may think better of posting this and delete it.)
benpeek
Mar. 15th, 2004 04:48 am (UTC)
it's not hard to figure out that there are stories there. personally, they don't interest me much--i just like the music.
ironed_orchid
Mar. 15th, 2004 04:59 am (UTC)
That's fine. You just liking the music I mean.
I like some of the music, I thought most of 3 was a bit long and wanky, but some of the songs are really good. Haven't really heard the new stuff yet.
benpeek
Mar. 15th, 2004 05:07 am (UTC)
the new album, aside from the last song, is full of your normal ranged radio play songs. before the ten minute finale, the longest is six minutes. in a way it's a little less self indulgent... but i didn't mind those fifteen minute songs on LIVING, so who knows.

at least there's nothing like 'trees' on this album, though.

ironed_orchid
Mar. 15th, 2004 05:41 am (UTC)
Oh, I must have repressed the memory of 'trees', the ones that really irk me is crazy, and money.

I like 'keeper', 'sista' and 'pickapart' probably the best. Mostly the early stuff... Oh and I like 'take'

mariness
Mar. 15th, 2004 04:50 am (UTC)
I almost hate to admit it, but I have a banjo in my closet.

Sometimes I even put it on my knee.

benpeek
Mar. 15th, 2004 04:52 am (UTC)
i have a ukel--er, small guitar. i play it poorly. i also have a harmonica, which i play slightly better...
mariness
Mar. 15th, 2004 02:04 pm (UTC)
I also have a ukelele.

And a broken guitar.

And a pennywhistle.

And multiple recorders.

And a keyboard.

In, we might note, the closet.

benpeek
Mar. 15th, 2004 03:09 pm (UTC)
now a penny whistle, that's cool.
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