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John Brown’s Body is a mainstay of the U.S. reggae scene for good reason. Its so-called “future roots” fusion of traditional roots-reggae grooves, modern dub sounds, socially conscious lyrics, and sharp horn charts connects with even the most hard-to-please reggae fans. (Even established Jamaican musicians give the band props.) Its eighth studio album (and first since 2008’s Amplify), Kings and Queens finds the band further refining this sound and tying it together as a singular whole. Thus, tunes like the hard-hitting “Step Inside,” the urgent reggae-with-a-message of “Empty Hands,” the slow epic grooves of “Deep Summer,” and the playful electronic dance of “Searchlight” all sit comfortably together. Also notable is the continuing development of lead singer and songwriter Elliot Martin, whose delivery can stand up to the top-notch backing this eight-piece band gives him. Those seeking Jamaican-style music that lives in the here and now could do much worse.

Customer Reviews

Always Positive.

On the day after the Boston Marathon Bombing, this album shouts positivity and love. By way of truth. Get some JBB in yo life sucka!!!

Welcome back horns!

Love hearing the horns back up in the mix, they seemed buried in Amplify. Album has an older JBB feel to it, which I love. Tommy and Nate holding it down once again. Summer jams for sure.

Much better than expected!

I'm not a huge fan of John Browns Body, I know one of their old songs I think. But THIS record is really awesome. The horns especially are tight, and the chorus' are memorable. If you are a new fan, or just heard of these guys...this is the album to get. 5/5
Best songs are : Fall on Deep, Plantation, Empty Hands, Searchlight and Step Inside.


Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Named in honor of the legendary abolitionist, reggae unit John Brown's Body was led by singer/guitarist Kevin Kinsella, a longtime fan of Caribbean music who formed the group Tribulations while attending college in Boston in 1989. Three years later they took top honors in the annual Yamaha Soundcheck contest, touring Japan as a result; in 1993 Tribulations also recorded in Jamaica, releasing the LPs The Gate and Daddy Good Pieces before disbanding. Striving for a more organic roots reggae sound,...
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Kings and Queens, John Brown's Body
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Reggae, Music
  • Released: Apr 16, 2013

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