Release Date September 13, Track Listing. John Popper. Look Around. The Mountains Win Again. Bobby Sheehan. Crash Burn. Price to Pay. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Verified Purchase. Blues Traveler Four is an album that deserves to be remembered. The soulful Blues and Rock rhythms accentuated by John Popper's crisp and intricate harmonica playing and heartfelt lyrics make this a record that should be a part of everyone's regular rotation. The Hook brings you back. Once there this record doesn't let go.
Love it! One person found this helpful. I've been listening to Blues Traveler ever since this album came out Wow, I was 8 at the time this was released , but unfortuantly, I lost my copy of Four a long time ago.
Well, after finally hunting down all of the old cds I used to own, I finally came back to this, and I have to say: This is still one of my favorite albums of all time. Like many people, I was attracted to the catchiness of the hit single, Run Around. A lot of people remember Blues Traveler to be a poppy alternative band with a real fat singer who absolutly wails on harmonica.
What people didn't realize at the time was that Blues Traveler was an established jam band that was based around a solid groove and love of all things funky. This album doesn't really show their jam side that much, but is still a classic.
There's the already mentioned Run Around, but there's some flat out great rockers on here, such as the angry Freedom, Falliable, and the solo showcase of Crash Burn. All members are highly skilled at their instruments, and their flowing blues-based jam rock is highly infectious. There's also some real thoughtful ballads on here, such as the tender Look Around, which contains some of the best lyrics John Popper has ever penned, and Just Wait, which has a pretty kicking guitar solo to boot.
The album closer, Brother John, and Stand, remain my personal favorites, due to their open, loose feel and playful jamming. It sounds like a band at their creative peak, and also like a band just having fun. If you're a fan of 90's-era jam bands, this is a no-brainer. This is also a good place to start for first timers. Own it today. John popper is awesome. Every song on this album will have you singing along, if you can keep up.
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 Bought as a gift for my dad, he accused me of stealing his CD ages ago.
You're getting exactly what you're paying for! The interchange between harmonica, guitar, bass and drums is stellar not to mention the occassional piano and organ work also. My favorite song if I had to choose is "the mountains win again".
Their use of dynamics in this song is tight. Many of the songs are also riff-based, albeit mostly pentatonic but hey this is rock'n roll , and make me feel like dancing. It's hard to be in a sad mood listening to this cd. I'm so very glad that John Popper got healthy. A friend of mine worked for this band years ago as a driver and he had great respect for all the guys my friend was a fine musician himself.
This is just a really really good rock record in the Blues Traveler style. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Blues Traveler.
The Rolling Stone Album Guide. ISBN Retrieved December 27, Guitarist Chan Kinchla was a promising football player who committed to playing music after a knee injury. Rounding out the quartet was bassist Bobby Sheehan and drummer Brendan Hill.
The group was originally called Blues Band but changed their name to Blues Traveler when they moved to Brooklyn, New York following their collective graduation from high school.
While in New York, Blues Traveler began playing gigs and shared resources with Spin Doctors , another group that Popper originally founded. Blues Traveler also got some national exposure through their appearances on the David Letterman show and their initiative in founding of the H.
Horizons of Rock Developing Everywhere festival in A long bass slide by Sheehan introduces the album and its most popular song, which is no doubt catchy and entertaining although it never relents from its four chords.