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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


After more than 10 years of jamming out JBB's tunes I can't express how awesome it is to have this SOLID album in the mix.
Invitation-love it! Dust Bowl-love it! Shine Bright-love it!
This time don't make us suffer for years without a new JBB album!

Love this album!!

Been a long time JBB fan and this album is really great!


track to track, this album is a must have!! Jah bless jbb


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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