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Flesh + Blood
     

Flesh + Blood

by John Butler Trio
 

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The sixth long player from the rootsy Australian trio (and first outing in four years) finds bandleader John Butler occupying a more introspective and nostalgic headspace than he has on previous outings. Butler has always been a cerebral gent, although one prone to crafting stadium sized activist anthems like "Earthbound Child" and "Fire in the Sky," but there's a

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The sixth long player from the rootsy Australian trio (and first outing in four years) finds bandleader John Butler occupying a more introspective and nostalgic headspace than he has on previous outings. Butler has always been a cerebral gent, although one prone to crafting stadium sized activist anthems like "Earthbound Child" and "Fire in the Sky," but there's a more settled vibe to Flesh + Blood that suggests a possible sea change. Opener "Spring to Come," which begins with the lyric "Lost my love, lost my light" and concludes with the line "After a lonely long night comes the sun," sets the mood, offering up a solid foundation of fluid fingerpicking and circular, warm weather rhythms and melodies for Butler to opine over. It's a tone and sentiment that occurs frequently throughout the album's surprisingly concise (for a jam band) fifty-two minute runtime, and it serves the trio well, especially on more contemplative cuts like "Bullet Girl," "Only One," and the lovely and languid Ainslie Wills-assisted "Young and Wild." To be fair, JBT fans looking for bolder, more familiar strokes have more than a few traditional roots-rock offerings to sift through, some of them solid (the dark and immersive "Cold Wind" and the fun, if not a tad derivative "Livin' in the City") and some of them not (the turgid, reggae/blues-rock epic "Blame it on Me" and its throwaway, whitebread counterpart "Devil Woman"), but it's in the more refined, self reflective moments where Butler, bassist Byron Luiters, and drummer Nicky Bomba really come alive.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/04/2014
Label:
Welk Records
UPC:
0015707835824
catalogNumber:
783582
Rank:
17389

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Performance Credits

John Butler Trio   Primary Artist
John Butler   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,E-bow,Wurlitzer,Weissenborn
Nicky Bomba   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Steel Pan
Jessica Bell   Violin
Caerwen Martin   Cello
Christian Read   Viola
Byron Luiters   Organ,Synthesizer,Electric Bass,Vocals,Clavinet,Double Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Moog Bass,Piano (Upright)
Chloe Smith   Double Bass
Ainslie Wills   Vocals
Grant Gerathy   Drums,Vocals

Technical Credits

John Butler   Composer,Producer,Art Conception
Nicky Bomba   Composer,Producer
Robin Mai   Engineer
Jan Skubiszewski   Programming,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,beats
Byron Luiters   Composer,Producer
Philip Stevens   Cover Photo
Grant Gerathy   Producer

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