JOHN BUTLER TRIO - Flesh & Blood

Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Rock | Heft: Jahrgang 2014, eclipsed Nr. 158 / 3-2014 | VÖ-Jahr: 2014 | Wertung: 6/10 | Label: Because | Autor: SaS

The band name sounds like a jazz or blues combo. The eponym, on the other hand, looks as if it is more of a reggae. And the cover of "Flesh & Blood", the fifth album of the Australian John Butler Group, is most reminiscent of an indie album from the nineties. So it's not surprising that the trio's music doesn't adhere to any specifications, that a mix of styles takes place that goes far beyond the diversity of an averagely gifted band. Butler and his teammates go all out. Here you'll find delicate folk ballads, flawless blues rock explosions, dub passages, funky grooves and pop songs. The connecting link is the smooth production and the commercial potential to listen to even the most extravagant instrumental passages. The bottom line is an extraordinary album, but somehow you don't get really warm with it: There is a cliché for every innovative idea, a smooth passage for every moment that falls out of the frame. Extremely strange and therefore difficult to classify.

Top Track: Bullet Girl

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