The new single from the upcoming The John Butler Trio album April Uprising, “One Way Road”, was recently released in the United States, which I appreciated since I had been eager to get my hands on it since the first time I heard it on their myspace but it was only available in the Australian iTunes store.. Anyway, I finally got it today and remembered how good of a song this is. It’s definitely poppier than most of the songs of their previous albums, and I know a lot of long time JBT fans have complained about that, but I think that there’s nothing wrong at all with the pop aspects of this song. It takes a lot of John Butler’s traditional funky, roots, and folk insprired style of guitar playing and mixes it with that little bit of a dancy, pop vibe and it just works. The lyrics are kind of hard to understand at times, as they often are with Butler’s at times slightly mumbled vocal style, and the speed of his delivery on this song doesn’t make it any easier. But once you do understand all of what he’s singing, the lyrics are very typical of him. They’re a call for peace, tolerance, and fighting back against oppression and injustice, showing that he’s still our lovable hippy (and I mean that only positively) despite having chopped off his dreads. I’m still as excited for April Uprising’s April 6th release as I was when I first heard this. It’s an album that I would recommend that everyone give a listen to, and I haven’t even heard it yet.