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 Allmanish 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.
Performance CreditsJohn 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 CreditsPhil 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 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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.
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.