11 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The John Butler Trio’s folk- and blues-based style of jam rock has given them room to stimulate thinking as well as compel a crowd to dance. On Flesh & Blood, the Australian combo get even more reflective than on past releases, exploring the polarity between commitment and freedom with a stubborn sense of hope. John Butler reaffirms his broad emotional range as a singer, offering tender, self-revealing performances on “Spring to Come,” “Young and Wild," and “Wings Are Wide.” Tracks like “Bullet Girl” and “Only One” apply this sensitivity to sleek, radio-friendly musical settings with fine results. That’s not to say the trio doesn’t also show grit and fire; the nervous shuffle “Livin’ in the City,” the swampy, hypnotic “Cold Wind," and the reggaefied “Blame It on Me” have enough distorted riffage and hefty grooves to rock arenas from Sydney to Syracuse. Drummer Nicky Bomba displays his nuanced command of rhythm on galloping numbers like “How You Sleep at Night” and buoyant rave-ups like “Devil Woman.” Smart and substantial, Flesh & Blood packs a mighty punch even as it aims for the heart.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

The John Butler Trio’s folk- and blues-based style of jam rock has given them room to stimulate thinking as well as compel a crowd to dance. On Flesh & Blood, the Australian combo get even more reflective than on past releases, exploring the polarity between commitment and freedom with a stubborn sense of hope. John Butler reaffirms his broad emotional range as a singer, offering tender, self-revealing performances on “Spring to Come,” “Young and Wild," and “Wings Are Wide.” Tracks like “Bullet Girl” and “Only One” apply this sensitivity to sleek, radio-friendly musical settings with fine results. That’s not to say the trio doesn’t also show grit and fire; the nervous shuffle “Livin’ in the City,” the swampy, hypnotic “Cold Wind," and the reggaefied “Blame It on Me” have enough distorted riffage and hefty grooves to rock arenas from Sydney to Syracuse. Drummer Nicky Bomba displays his nuanced command of rhythm on galloping numbers like “How You Sleep at Night” and buoyant rave-ups like “Devil Woman.” Smart and substantial, Flesh & Blood packs a mighty punch even as it aims for the heart.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
106 Ratings
106 Ratings
Mark91178 ,

It's good, but...

It's a good album. However, it's not usual John Butler. I was a huge fan of April Uprising and Grand National. It was a good mix of fun, angsty and sweet songs. It created a nice contrast. Unfortunately that contrast isn't there on this album. Gone are the unique slide intros and passively-agressive, staccato vocals. On prior albums there seemed to be a "that sounds really cool" moment every other song. I maybe got one throughout this whole album. Most everything is a slower, mellow pace. It's more of an album than a collection of songs, as they're almost indistinguishable, each song prodding along at the same pace as the last. It's good, solid music, but it's almost an "adult contemporary" album.
I understand artists need to evolve. And I'll always support JB and buy his next album and next one after that. Unfortunately, his prior albums will be getting more play than Flesh & Blood.

TheStrangeFruitTribe ,

JBT Innovative

Johnny will never let you down! I can promise this dude doesn't have a bad song in him!

Bayou1la90 ,

Yessir

Dig it

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