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This Day
John Brown's Body
This Day
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Pop
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The '70s-style roots reggae coming from this Boston ensemble is delivered with such unaffected charm and joyous spirit that it's impossible to resist. Sure, there's not much here to distinguish them from their Jamaican her...  more »


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All Artists: John Brown's Body
Title: This Day
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Total Copies: 0
Label: Shanachie
Original Release Date: 2/22/2000
Release Date: 2/22/2000
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Pop
Styles: Ska, Reggae
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 016351454522, 669910087350

The '70s-style roots reggae coming from this Boston ensemble is delivered with such unaffected charm and joyous spirit that it's impossible to resist. Sure, there's not much here to distinguish them from their Jamaican heroes, and innovation is far from their strongpoint. That said, the buoyant horn arrangements, delectable harmonies, steady rhythmic pulse, and appealing melodies are quite seductive. Leader Kevin Kinsella is somehow able to pull off a faux Jamaican lilt in his voice without sounding silly; on the contrary, it sounds surprisingly natural and soulful. Whether on heartening romps like "Poor Man's Prayer" or deep, bass-fueled instrumental grooves like "Inversion," John Brown's Body's reggae revivalism is so well executed and their style so uplifting that any bogus issues of authenticity fade away quickly. Or to put it another way, authenticity is as authenticity does. --Marc Greilsamer

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John Brown's Body - Most Crucial Roots Out
JAHBOO | Zion Ites | 02/23/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Oh man - if you haven't heard these guys ... get all of their CD's - Among Them is their second disc - All Time was the first - you have to order it from homegrown music or the JBB website - anyways - if you like the real roots - these are the guys for you - crucial horns - REAL DRUM AND BASS - no digital mess here - just good ol' Wicked Roots praising the Most High y'know"
home-body | northern california,usa | 11/30/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"So many nice things have been written about the album, "THIS DAY," here at AMAZON web-site and in many publications as well that I don't know why I need to write about the already heavily praised album. I guess I want to get my two cents in as well. Here goes...In magazine ads for JOHN BROWN'S BODY'S 3rd release, "THIS DAY," the advertiser has compared this powerful set of songs to music by THE WAILERS. Whether they are referring to BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS or just THE WAILERS, I'm not sure, but in any case the comparison is unfair. It is unjust because the comparison fails to describe or acknowledge who the band really is.Originally called, Tribulation, JOHN BROWN'S BODY (JBB) is a 7 piece American band that plays very accessible roots, rock, reggae with hard-bubbling rhythms, intense horns, and conscious lyrics. They originate from Boston, MA. And, though its difficult to imagine one of the world's best roots-style reggae bands coming from such an unlikely place, one listen to "THIS DAY" and you'll be convinced that JBB is the real thing, baby. JBB's style cannot be compared to one particular roots band. Much in the same way the 80's band, THE STRAY CATS can't be compared to a specific 50's rock or rock-a-billy band. Both bands, (within a particular genre), have created a sound that can be instantly recognized as their own.I presume the band takes its name from the old folk song about an abolitionist whose attempt to free slaves, helped to bring about the American Civil War in the 19th century. Probably because of the positive ideals of this man, other bands have adopted the name JOHN BROWN'S BODY as well. I.e., This band shares its name with a lesser-known bluegrass-style band out of Columbia, Missouri. On "THIS DAY" vocalist, Kevin Kinsella tackles a variety of topics including a questioning of faith, ("LAND FAR AWAY"), spiritual self-worth, ("ISLE OF SPRING") and love between 2 people of different generations, ("CAN'T LET HER GO"). Kinsella's lyrics rarely stoop to dusty Rastafarianism clichés; instead he focuses on the healing power of music, genuine hymns to life and songs about the best in human nature."THIS DAY" has the 7 piece band, (vocals, guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, and horns), keeping the listener's interest by way of musical versatility. For instance, on the song, "RIP THE CURTAIN," the music is lead by the mellow sound of an organ with a spiritual message that maintains a distinctly relaxed feel throughout. While JBB is competent at playing a laid-back rhythm they are equally talented at kicking out the jams too. The old-school style ska tune "POOR MANS PRAYER" is an upbeat tune with an inspired message. The listener is assured that evil people will get what they deserve when they die. Vocalist, Kinsella sings in an all-knowing tone, "They that mock the poor, they shall get no share, of the kingdom coming forever." Oi! This catchy song is followed by its dub counter-part, "POOR MAN'S DUB." This band has not compromised the music's integrity by employing dancehall beats, guest DJs or rappers, or by playing songs made famous by other artists. In addition, the band does not resort to using blaring guitar solos. If there is a solo in a song it is likely to be from a trumpet player (as on "MANY NAMES"), rather then from a distorted lead guitar noodling around on a crusty minor pentatonic scale.An awesome album with thoughtful lyrics, crisp horn lines, catchy compositions and a retro-style that sounds modern without ever compromising or stifling the assertive nature of the music. Recommended.Respect! -Mark "Homebody" Groesbeck"
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Kevin Blake | Farmingdale, ny USA | 05/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Being a fan of tradtional roots reggae is hard since that most of the music played these days is digital and computerized. With JBB its not the case. Listening to this reminds me of something that would comeout of the Black Ark studio in the 70's.My favorite thing about JBB besides the consisant strong lyrics is the horn section. Every song is solid and there even a few dubs. "This Day" is one of those CD's that you dont have to listen to a couple of times to like, after the first songs your hooked."