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Sunrise Over Sea
     

Sunrise Over Sea

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by John Butler Trio
 
Like fellow Southern Hemisphere native Dave Matthews, the frontman of this eponymous trio seems so immersed in the music he makes that it's a safe bet that he'd wither if uprooted from it. The dreadlocked Butler cuts a wide swath through the sonic universe, scatting like a jazzbo one moment and uncoiling a Duane Allman–ish slide

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Like fellow Southern Hemisphere native Dave Matthews, the frontman of this eponymous trio seems so immersed in the music he makes that it's a safe bet that he'd wither if uprooted from it. The dreadlocked Butler cuts a wide swath through the sonic universe, scatting like a jazzbo one moment and uncoiling a Duane Allman–ish slide solo the next -- all the while maintaining a pretty solid grip on straight-ahead song structure. Considering the trio's penchant for live jam sessions, Sunrise Over Sea is surprisingly concise, with songs like the reggae-flavored self-empowerment ode "Zebra" and the straight-outta-Carolina folk plaint "Damned to Hell" making their case in short, sharp form. Not surprisingly, Butler often turns his attention to environmental issues -- connecting solidly at times, as on the seething, anti-corporate "Company Sin," and sinking under the weight of his own righteousness at others, notably on the treacly "There'll Come a Time." Fortunately, the earnestness ebbs often enough -- particularly on a brace of songs about Butler's daughter Banjo -- that listeners will be left with smiles, rather than furrowed brows.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John D. Luerssen
The John Butler Trio's U.S. debut album, Sunrise Over Sea, is phenomenal -- from the opening notes of "Treat Yo Mama," a muscular and soulfully expressive roots rocker, to the final strains of the expansive, ten-minute-long opus "Sometimes." The John Butler Trio is arguably the best musical group Australia has to offer in 2005, and Butler's superb, bluesy riffs and innovative melodies are only part of the JBT musical equation. The sturdy rhythm section of Shannon Birchall (on bass) and Michael Barker (on drums) gives added life to hit contenders like the powerful "Company Sin" and the buoyant, breezy "Better Man." If the mid-album blues vignette "Damned to Hell" seems an ill fit at first, its lo-fi, banjo-strummed presentation shifts effortlessly into the warm, heartfelt "Hello." On occasion, as with the uplifting acoustic number "Peaches & Cream," Butler's voice recalls the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis, but Butler and his bandmembers are without question on their own trip. And one only needs to hear the magical love song "Seeing Angels" to feel the trio's transcendental power.
Rolling Stone - Will Dana
Butler's gripping lead guitar gives the music complexity and muscle.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/15/2005
Label:
Lava
UPC:
0075679380425
catalogNumber:
93804

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Performance Credits

John Butler Trio   Primary Artist
Janette Mason   Strings
Michael Barker   Conga,Cymbals,Bass Drums,Marimbas,Tambourine,Darbouka,Spoons
John Butler   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar
Nicky Bomba   Percussion,Drums,Electric Guitar,Stick,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Djembe,Shaker
Andrea Keeble   Strings
John Butler   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Vocals,E-bow,Lap Steel Guitar,Guitar (11 String),Handwriting
Shannon Birchall   Piano,Strings,Electric Bass,Conductor,Background Vocals,Double Bass
Danielle Caruana   Background Vocals
Ceridwen Davies   Strings
Fiona Furphy   Strings
Helen Ireland   Strings
Stephanie Lindner   Strings
Caerwen Martin   Strings
Tim Neil   Hammond Organ
Dave Pensabene   Background Vocals
Amanda Rowarth   Strings
Airlie Smart   Strings
Shannon Birchall   Double Bass

Technical Credits

Phil Stevens   Management
Tom Walker   Artwork,Concept
Chris Tetzeli   Management
John Butler   Arranger,Composer,Producer,String Arrangements,Drawing
Shannon Birchall   String Arrangements
Robin Mai   Engineer

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Sunrise Over Sea 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best albums that will be released this year in the U.S. I bought this album when it was released in Australlia a couple of months ago and I have been a fan of the band for several years now. This album shows JBT in top form. With the help of Nicky Bomba this album is absolutley amazing. JBT has been one of the top acts in Australlia for the past few years and it is no wonder why. The instrumentation is flawless and the songs have just the right amount of political kick. John Butler plays with an energy, intensity, and concienceness that is rare today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
attention all acoustic guitar lovers and players. This trio is astounding. Butler's finger picking and slide guitar style are flawless and ridiculusly good. This is one of the best CDs i have ever bought, and yes i own led zeppelin 4. Simply, a must have.