This fourth album from the New York's Blues Traveler finally brought their harmonica-based blues riffs into the public eye. Indeed, "Run-Around" spent nearly a year on the Billboard singles chart. Harpman/vocalist John Pop... more »per moves easily between uptempo, rock-based tracks like "Stand" and "Crash Burn." The hidden gem here, however, is the love-struck ballad "Just Wait." Often categorized with post-Dead jam acts such as Phish, BT isn't immune from performance excesses. But when it comes to recording, they keep it (mostly) concise and always interesting. If you've heard the name and want to know what all the hoopla is about, Four is a great starting point. --Alexandra Russell« less
This fourth album from the New York's Blues Traveler finally brought their harmonica-based blues riffs into the public eye. Indeed, "Run-Around" spent nearly a year on the Billboard singles chart. Harpman/vocalist John Popper moves easily between uptempo, rock-based tracks like "Stand" and "Crash Burn." The hidden gem here, however, is the love-struck ballad "Just Wait." Often categorized with post-Dead jam acts such as Phish, BT isn't immune from performance excesses. But when it comes to recording, they keep it (mostly) concise and always interesting. If you've heard the name and want to know what all the hoopla is about, Four is a great starting point. --Alexandra Russell
BRENDAN H. from SANTA CLARA, CA Reviewed on 9/6/2011...
i hate this talented band. why? because i had a roommate in college the little turd played this and the band Live only. ugh i equate it with the god-awful Dave Matthews band. all music for people who are destined to become future vanilla yuppies but want to kid themselves and fool others that they are cool and free. sensitive pony-tail poseur roommate was headed for law school. this appeals to people who tend to like pop music (simplistic melodies they can sing and commune along with to be part of the herd). i think it's musical wanking. oh i'm sorry did say what i really think? thanks tim friermuth somewhere in IL.
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Lori C. from BENTON HARBOR, MI Reviewed on 10/27/2010...
This cd is brand new, although it has been opened. It is complete in packaging and booklet is included.
0 of 9 member(s) found this review helpful.
Randall H. (sagg) from MEDFORD, OR Reviewed on 6/9/2009...
Everyone owned this CD at one point or another. But perhaps you forgot how 'Hook' give you chills on a roasty summer afternoon. Or how John's solos sound like a bird in song.
Pick it up again and remember how sweet Poppers mouth harp can really be.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Amy T. (simplyamy) from DAKOTA DUNES, SD Reviewed on 8/16/2007...
THE BEST Blues Traveler CD--a listen-through CD!
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Drew V. from POWNAL, ME Reviewed on 5/21/2007...
0 of 7 member(s) found this review helpful.
Steve S. (Reno-ness) from ARROYO GRANDE, CA Reviewed on 4/28/2007...
This is the best and most accessible CD that Blues Traveler has to offer!
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Lisa P. from WEST NEWTON, MA Reviewed on 4/25/2007...
Not into Blues Traveler anymore
0 of 6 member(s) found this review helpful.
Serene V. (serene) from OAKLAND, CA Reviewed on 3/25/2007...
Their best album, in my opinion. Contains my two favorite Blues Traveler songs -- Hook, and Run-around.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Four for Four
My Uncle Stu | Boston | 10/03/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Four stars for an above-average studio album from an excellent live band. I tend not to listen much to the studio albums of bands that are known for their live shows, but recently rediscovered this one in my archives and enjoyed it. Not too many Blues Traveler songs are catchy, but certainly "Run Around" is and to some extent "Hook." When "Hook" first started getting radio time in the mid-nineties, I noticed it sounded very familiar but was not sure why. Then it came to: It is Pachelbel's Canon in D. It is. Same exact chords, slightly different melody. I made this observation once at work, when it first struck me, back in my file clerking days (KBCO on softly in the background), and- I swear- my boss said: "Well they better watch out, Pachelbel is going to sue them." She wasn't trying to make a joke. I had to bite the inside of my cheek to keep it together.
This is a good album. Popper is a tremendous harp player so, for those of you that don't get the extended jamming thing, their studio albums may be the most palatable way to experience it. Thumbs up."
A Very Good 90's CD
G. J Wiener | Westchester, NY USA | 01/27/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If I was to name quality bands that started making music in the 1990's, I would most likely have fingers left on at least one hand. Blues Traveler is one of the those bands that makes the grade. Four definitely got them in the public eye and deservedly so. The energy is very high and Johnny Popper's Harmonica playing is excellent and as a rule I don't like harmonicas in music. The sounds like that come out of that Harp are incredible. Although the songs stick to a somewhat repetitive pattern, overall they are fairly catchy especially Hook, Stand, Runaround, Price To Pay, and Look Around. A very worthy purchase indeed."
Great 90's cd
Donna Di Giacomo | Philadelphia, PA | 05/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The last time I heard this CD was nearly 10 years ago and coming into possession of it once again last month, it put quite a smile on my face.
This is a great example of 90's rock before it went completely corporate. John Popper's harmonica playing is wicked and his lyrics remind me of Meatloaf.
I don't know about anyone else but it takes alot for me to like an entire cd and "Four" makes the cut. I can listen to it from start to finish and enjoy it more each time. And I can't help but sing to the cd, especially getting a kick out of the bridge to "Hook"-
"Suck it in suck it in suck it in If you're Rin Tin Tin or Anne Boleyn Make a desperate move or else you'll win And then begin To see What you're doing to me this MTV is not for free It's so PC it's killing me So desperately I sing to thee Of love Sure but also rage and hate and pain and fear of self And I can't keep these feelings on the shelf I've tried well no in fact I lied Could be financial suicide but I've got too much pride itself To hide or slide I'll do as I'll decide and let it ride until I've died And only then shall I abide this tide Of catchy little tunes Of hip three minute ditties I wanna bust all your balloons I wanna burn all of your cities To the ground I've found I will not mess around Unless I play then hey I will go on all day hear what I say I have a prayer to pray That's really all this was And when I'm feeling stuck and need a buck I don't rely on luck because..."
Also, check out the bridge to "Stand." Nice and mellow and Popper's voice rocks even more.
To the ever growing list of record company creations - This is what you call M U S I C."
Possibly the best rock album of the 90's
Donna Di Giacomo | 06/13/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sure, this is Blues Traveler's most commercial effort, but that's just because of the success of Run-Around. Musically, Four is no glossier or more commercial than their previous three albums. Prior to Four, Blues Traveler had a following on the college rock circuit, built by their incessant touring throughout the late 80's and early 90's. It wasn't until Run-Around broke that the mainstream took notice of John, Chan, Bob (RIP) and Brendan. I love all of Blues Traveler's albums, but I would have to say that Four is their best. Commercial effort or not, I love this album. The band truly perfected their sound on this album. It has rockers ("Stand", "Crash Burn"), it has ballads ("Look Around", "Just Wait") and a whole lot of awesome harmonica soloing. The whole band is great. Chan Kinchla's guitar is great wether pounding out rock riffs or just simple rhythm strumming. The late Bobby Sheehan was a great bassist, he will truly be missed. This is such a great album. Everyone should own this. Don't just listen to it for the hits ("Run-Around" and "Hook"), it's great from start to finish. Track number 3, "Look Around" is one of the greatest ballads I think I've ever heard. A great vocal performance by John Popper, meaningful lyrics, and a great guitar solo (also played by Popper). Four is easily one of the 90's best rock albums, up there with Automatic For The People and Shake Your Money Maker. Even if you don't like Blues Traveler, buy this album!"
How could your resist loving this album?
juslen | 12/19/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of two Blues Traveler CD's that i own. Now most of you are going, "oh yeah so what does he know." Well i will tell you what i believe, not what i know. And that is, that this is an awesome album. I baught their first CD and i was one of the people that loved, "But Anyway." Care free, full of energy, and of all things, one of the best harmonica solo's i have ever heard. In 1994 everyone was pretty much still obsessed with Grunge. And them comes along this album. My opinion on this, is that it was very well made. For Blue's fans this album maybe a slightly dissapointing if you loved Blues Travelers early work. But if you just want to listen to good quality Blues with a harder edge, this is your Album. John Popper sings harder than ever, and with raw emotion. In some tracks its almost as if he is about to scream. The lyrics are well exspressed, you can really feel the emotion when he sings. If he wants you to dance.. you dance, if he wants you to take his advice.. you take it, and if he wants you to just pure rock out, you will be head bangings. Scary huh? That is the main reason why i give this 5 stars. Cus this is pure raw music. Guitar Solos, Harmonica Solos, and Bass Solos! What more could you ask for? And my favourite part is the guitars. Wether they are funky, Bluesy, Heavy, and even some hints of distortion. Any rock fan will truley appreciate, and grow to love this album. Stand Out Tracks on this album are; ("Run Around") which is a fast pased track with is full of energy and passion. ("Stand") Which is a funky blues song. Then you have ("Look Around"), a great song about relationships with a wonderful guitar solo midway through. And those are just the first 3 tracks. Honestly i find the rest of the album to be just as good, if not better. There is just something about these songs that makes me want to sing along. Some may say that Blues Traveler has gone to "pop". But that is a very sad statement. What pop have you ever heard which contains the amount of pure talent and musicmanship. Along with the thought provoking lyrics and sheer energy on instrumentation throught this album. If you like Blue's, Rock, or even Funk in your music buy "Four" And Enjoy :)"