Falling somewhere between Ben Harper and Dave Matthews, Australia's John Butler Trio looks to crack the American market with this alluring rootsy EP. Fusing all new material with highlights from the band's three independent releases, What You Want gets started with the groove-heavy title cut. A far cry from "it" Oz noisemakers like Jet or the Vines, Butler's U.S. debut disc balances the tact of hippie-influenced jam bands with a warm, rhythmic soulfulness that has helped make the group stars down under. "Something's Gotta Give" has political message which is bolstered by the strength of its musical parts -- thoughtful lyrics, acoustic guitar licks, and wickedly inventive rhythms. "Treat Yo Mama" is nearly as refreshing, but what really surprises here is the JBT's take on John Lennon's "Across the Universe." Here Butler and his skilled accomplices breathe new life into a legendary piece, adding further affirmation that they're a group well worth falling for.
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AllMusic Review by John D. Luerssen