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April Uprising

The John Butler Trio, Australia's biggest contribution to the jam band movement, get a makeover in more ways than one with April Uprising. Butler dissolved the previous lineup one year before this album's release, hoping to keep things fresh with a change in personnel. Newcomers Byron Luiters and Nicky Bomba (Butler's brother-in-law) make their debut here, and the band further reinvents itself by sticking closer to the alt-rock camp than ever before, with Butler trading his fingerplucked acoustic guitar workouts for riffs and power chords. He's not entirely done with the genres that fueled his past work -- reggae, acoustic folk, and pop chief among them -- and songs like "Don't Wanna See Your Face" are familiarly funky, with grooves specifically designed for the festival crowds that sustain the John Butler Trio every summer. Even so, April Uprising signals a change in direction, with an emphasis on rock textures and political lyrics ("Sometimes I do wonder how we do sleep/Serving the dodgy companies we keep") that recalls a flashier State Radio. ~ Andrew Leahey

1 Revolution
2 One Way Road
3 C'mon Now
4 I'd Do Anything (Soldier's Lament)
5 Ragged Mile (Spirit Song)
6 Johnny's Gone/Satisfy Segue
7 Close to You
8 Don't Wanna See Your Face
9 Take Me
10 Fool for You
11 To Look Like You
12 Steal It
13 Mystery Man
14 Gonna Be a Long Time
15 A Star Is Born
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