John Butler Trio | Sunrise Over Sea
radio bobo-k music review
Over Sea' is the American debut of Australia's The John Butler Trio. The group
is one of Australia's most successful indie artists--this CD debuted at #1 in
Australia where it's been certified four times platinum.
comparisons to the Dave Matthews Band (only if the DMB had soul), The John Butler
Trio is more reminiscent of Eagle Eye Cherry. The music is a delightful fuse of
styles with the underlying ease of a stroll on a lazy summer's day highlighted
by a slide guitar.
is more than a virtuoso on the guitar, he's also a writer of damned catchy songs.
"Treat Yo Mama" -- not an ode to the fifth Commandment, but rather a
call to look out for Mother Earth -- just rocks. The almost Oasis-like opening
of "What You Want" (complete with real stringed instruments) swells
into a beautiful song about the hardships of maintaining a long distance relationship.
The very next song "Damned to Hell" is a bluegrass ditty about big corporations
that pollute our world. Admittedly the cd is a strange combination, but somehow
the mélange of styles works.
lead single, "Zebra" is as Butler describes, "a song about not
being pigenonholed." Don't let the groove fool you, the lyrics are as deep
as Australian Outback: "I could be rich like a wandering Gypsy/I could be
poor like a fat wallet lost./I could be first or I could come last/It's not who
breaks the ribbon/It's how you get across."
not only recycles and reinvents musical genres on his CD, all the while singing
about Mother Earth, he practices what he preaches
.all of his posters and
CDs are printed on recyclable product. Discover 'Sunrise Over Sea,' and enjoy.
1. Treat Yo Mama
2. Peaches & Cream
3. Company Sin
5. What You Want
6. Damned to Hell
8. Bound to
9. Seeing Angels
10. There'll Come a Time