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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Elliot Martin joined John Brown's Body as a backup singer on the band's second album. Over the next ten years, his role grew to the point that he began sharing lead vocal and songwriting duties with founding bandleader Kevin Kinsella, and Martin gradually emerged as the more compelling and exciting songwriter. With Amplify, Kinsella is gone, and his departure reveals something interesting: while his melodies were dryer and his rhythms more spare and straightforward than Martin's, he also exerted a certain amount of restraint on the band's sound. And, unlike Martin's, Kinsella's lyrics were always coherent. Amplify is both a better and a worse John Brown's Body album for ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Elliot Martin joined John Brown's Body as a backup singer on the band's second album. Over the next ten years, his role grew to the point that he began sharing lead vocal and songwriting duties with founding bandleader Kevin Kinsella, and Martin gradually emerged as the more compelling and exciting songwriter. With Amplify, Kinsella is gone, and his departure reveals something interesting: while his melodies were dryer and his rhythms more spare and straightforward than Martin's, he also exerted a certain amount of restraint on the band's sound. And, unlike Martin's, Kinsella's lyrics were always coherent. Amplify is both a better and a worse John Brown's Body album for being the first without Kinsella: the songs swirl in densely packed arrangements, and the rhythmic foundations are much more widely varied than in the band's earlier, rootsier years. Martin writes some of the most gorgeous melodies in all of modern reggae music -- if you can listen to "Sky Juice" and "Ghost Notes" (a heartbreaking tribute to the band's late bassist Scott Palmer) without the hair rising on the back of your neck, then you should have your pulse checked. And on "Give Yourself Over" the entire band is at its blissfully uplifting best. But some of these lyrics still sound suspiciously like nonsense, and on the album's title track the sonic density starts to sound suspiciously like an inability to make choices about what to leave in and what to take out. Still, those who thrilled to the wildly varied soundscape of Pressure Points will find plenty to love on Amplify. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2008
  • Label: Easy Star
  • UPC: 657481101728
  • Catalog Number: 1017
  • Sales rank: 132,673

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Amplify (5:18)
  2. 2 Give Yourself Over (4:45)
  3. 3 The Gold (4:40)
  4. 4 Speak of the Devil (6:53)
  5. 5 Push Some Air (4:37)
  6. 6 Shake the Dice (3:58)
  7. 7 Sky Juice (4:46)
  8. 8 Make Your Move (4:34)
  9. 9 Ghost Notes (5:16)
  10. 10 So Aware (4:27)
  11. 11 Zion Triad (4:24)
  12. 12 Be at Peace (5:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Brown's Body Primary Artist
Brian Thomas Trombone, Group Member
William McKenna Rhythm Guitar
Vaughn Benjamin Vocals
Elliot Martin Keyboards, Tambourine, Vocals, Group Member
Tommy Benedetti Drums, Group Member
Alex Toth & the Ladybirds Trumpet, Group Member
Hassaan Mackey Vocals
Technical Credits
Eric Smith Executive Producer
William McKenna Composer
John Brown's Body Composer
Jeff Lipton Mastering
Lee Hamilton Composer
Elliot Martin Composer, Programming, Producer
Chris Grace Art Direction, Illustrations
Michael Goldwasser Executive Producer
Lem Oppenheimer Executive Producer
Remy Gerstein Executive Producer
Jason "Jocko" Randall Producer, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best reggae band in America

    All you need to do is listen to track #2, Give Yourself Over, or track #5, Push Some Air. JBB has the best grooves and sound in the business. Listen and then discover the best group you've never heard of.

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