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Album Review

The commercial success of Four was a mixed blessing for Blues Traveler. It did give them a wider audience, but it also put them in the delicate position of pleasing their new, hook-happy fans while retaining their hardcore, jam-oriented cult following. They skillfully manage to do just that on Straight on Till Morning, the bluesy, ambitious follow-up to Four. On the whole, Straight on Till Morning is a tougher album than any of its predecessors, boasting a gritty sound and several full-on jams. But the key to the album is its length and its sprawling collection of songs, which find Blues Traveler trying anything from country-rock to jangling pop/rock. They manage to be simultaneously succinct and eclectic, and they occasionally throw in a good pop hook or two. Blues Traveler are still too loose to be a true pop/rock band, and John Popper would still benefit from a sense of meter, but Straight on Till Morning is the first studio record that captures the essence of the band.

Customer Reviews

whoa!

hold on a minute there my friend, this album is actually one of their best! maybe you should listen to this album again! in fact, my favorite all-time song from B'sT is #11 on this album - The Gunfighter. I cannot figure out for the life of me why this song is and has not been one of their most played and best songs on the radio!!! anyway, think again, and really listen this time after all those years have passed, this is truly one of B'sT's best! Oh, and another thing, Carolina Blues is one of their best as well! throw in the rest and you've got a pretty solid album that most have forgotten. bye, peace and love.

Very good but not top 3

A bit of a let down after the success of Four but still a solid disc from start to finish. Having seen BT 30+ times I'd rank this album 4th after their first three. Feels a little formulaic but has some very good songs - Carolina, Justify, Business, Gunfighter. Yours is a great love song and the 2nd half of the album brings the disc home nicely. Sadly it was the last studio album with bass player Bobby Sheehan who was obviously a driving force for the band since I don't feel they ever came close to the quality of their first 4 albums after his early passing.

Favorite Album of ALL TIME

My first CD I ever owned and still my favorite, it has an astounding variety of musicality, energy levels, depths of emotion, but every song is a success in its own right. I'm looking down the list looking for a favorite track, but they're all good friends by now. Whether rockin out (Carolina Blues, Psycho Joe), groovin out (Felicia, Business As Usual), waxing sentimental (Canadian Rose, Yours), or finding a hook (the entire CD), this is Blues Traveler's nearly unknown Magnus Opum.

Biography

Formed: 1988 in Princeton, NJ

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A New York-based blues-rock quartet formed in 1988 by singer/harmonica player John Popper, guitarist Chan Kinchla, bassist Bobby Sheehan, and drummer Brendan Hill, Blues Traveler were part of a revival of the extended jamming style of '60s and '70s groups like the Grateful Dead and Led Zeppelin. Signed to A&M, they released their first album, Blues Traveler, in May 1990 and followed it with Travelers & Thieves in September 1991. Popper was in a serious car accident in 1992, leaving him unable...
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