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Album Review

Three opens with the distinctive fingerpicked, slide-driven guitar that becomes the canvas for the remainder of the record. Joined by Rory Quirk on bass and Jason McGann on drums, the trio delivers an emotionally charged romp through ten tracks of earthy, bluesy jam band intonations. Paying homage to his Australian roots, the inclusion of the didgeridoo in the backdrop of several tracks plays nicely against his six-string grooves. The most accessible and shortest song on the record, "Pickapart," shows off Butler's picking prowess on an amplified 12-string acoustic guitar. Lyrically, Butler takes several political stances, from the pro-environmental song "Earthbound Child" to the anti-violence statement made by "Attitude." The passion in his vocals gives credibility to his fervor for these causes. The John Butler Trio have established the foundation for a promising career, and they are a welcome addition to the musical landscape.

Customer Reviews

slightly above good

I like it. You can understand the lyrics and the music is good.


This album is a lot like their live albums. Long songs and very hard to hold my attention. I just get bored with so many songs that go on forever and they all sound the same.

They do have solid instrumentals - even back then when they started. There's a primal beat on Take that I like. I wouldn't hate seeing them put out an all instrumental album. Even a celtic or folk influenced outing might be good. I just can't take that much of his mumbly vocals.


Born: 1975 in Torrance, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Born in California but raised in Australia, guitarist John Butler debuted with his self-titled album in 1998. Fostering a laid-back style incorporating jazz, folk, and world music influences into his mellow singer-songwriter pop, Butler and his rhythm section made a belated American debut with 2001's THREE. The live set LIVING 2002-2003 cemented his popularity on the jam band...
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