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Features the wonderful re-imagining of Wilco's "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart"
With a sound that calls to mind a meeting of Otis Redding and the Stooges—JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound get crowds twisting and writhing on the floor--a post-punk reimagining of JB’s moves and MG’s grooves.
With a sound that calls to mind the melting pot Chicago Uptown neighborhood they’re named for—a meeting of Otis Redding and the Stooges—JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound are ready to bring that energy and sense of place to the whole world. On Want More, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound’s first album for Bloodshot, the charismatic Brooks erupts with raw emotion, harnessing the Uptown Sound’s post-punk reimagining of JB’s moves and MG’s grooves to unleash pure and uncompromising soul music.
Ranging from sweaty on-the-one workouts (“I Can See Everything”), dance-punk booty shakers (the title track), garage rock thump humps (“Baaadnews”), the wonderful re-imagining of Wilco's "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart" and aching R&B ballads (“To Love Someone (Who Don’t Love You)”), the band never misses a step.
Check out that smooth keyboard action on "Everything Will Be Fine," a wicked counterpoint to the jumpy rhythm and tear-it-up guitar soloing. And is that a touch of Philly soul with the tick tight horn section and JCB's falsetto vocals lighting up (pun intended) the, ahem, elevating "I Got High"? If you can listen to "Sister Ray Charles" without moving, see a doctor; how something so raw can be so smooth is testiment to the hands-off production of Jimmy Sutton (JD MacPherson) and the solid sender musicianship of the Uptown Sound.
JCBUS are not just another throwback group; they came to be during an age of war, envisioning an aggressive dance music with lyrics that dig deeper and hit harder than the usual “baby, baby” fare.