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All The People

by Bumpus

With guitar, bass, sax, keyboard, drums, and vocals, Bumpus brings listeners the real, raw, feel-good sounds of alternative soul.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Soul
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1. Something's Got To Give
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2. All The People
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3. Yeah You
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4. Come Join The Accident
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5. The Reason
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6. Hi-Tek
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7. Open The Door
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8. Underneath The Sun
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9. All The People (Reprise)
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10. Wasting Time
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12. Cut And Run (Bonus track)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
All The People is the fourth album by eight-member Chicago band Bumpus. The band has worked hard over the past 10 years to build a musical reputation for its solid and soulful studio albums and its breath-taking and funky live performances.

This album represents a departure from their last release, Bumpus LIVE, recorded at Chicago’s Metro in 2003. “In the past, we’ve always viewed successful songwriting from the standpoint of how well the song would go over live,” Johnston explains. “We have so many up-tempo songs in our show that anything down-tempo or a little moody couldn’t compete for the audience’s attention. So with this album, we chose songs that would be enjoyable to listen to without worrying about how they will be received in a live context. We also took the songs that go over well live and gave them a new identity on record.” Bumpus’ growth is evident throughout the album with a wide range of sounds from the poppy “Yeah You” to the bombastic “Open the Door” and the meditative “Hi-Tek” and “Wasting Time.”

The result is a collection of their most soulful work to date with an internal dialog about fighting to stay conscious and hopeful as dreams change or fade and the mundane creeps into one’s daily ritual. “It’s something that I always think about, both for myself or if I’m riding the train watching people,” Johnston says of this internal struggle. “And it’s true for the band as well. We’ve been a band for 10 years now, trying to realize our own dreams and make music for the love of it while hoping that we can make a career out of it as well. Being a band that long is like any job and it’s so easy to lull yourself to sleep. How do you stay in the moment? How do you stay sharp? And you have to keep asking yourself why you still do this when things are up and down.” With All the People, Bumpus asks these questions and provides some answers.


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Philipp

I want to listen to it again.
You will be happy if you buy this CD. You will want to listen to it again. If you liked Sly's Fresh, if you dig Funk at all, you will appreciate this album like it was your mother's best home cooking.

J-$

DIG IT!
Slammin'! I'm from Milwaukee, and I used to hit up their shows every now and then... but hot damn! I step away for a few years, and they're dishin' up that down home funk! Hell yeah! "Cut and Run" is my fave. Almost should've been on D'Angelo's Voodoo record. Lead singer, James, shines and kills 'dat sh%#!

Voltaire

They should be opening for the chilipeppers!!!
They should be opening for the chilipeppers!!!This album definately grabs you. You can escape in it. It is so full of vibe that it mesmerizes you. Beautiful.

John Duffy

Absolutely Amazing
Buy it... Listen to it.. Love it, admire it, respect it, dance to it, be inspired by it... The best Bumpus yet I love you guys please keep doing what you do so I can keep living inspired and encouraged and in love with beautiful music..

Brad at CD Baby


Simply put, this album exemplifies how modern soul music should be done: The lyrics are topical but timeless, The vocals are rich and textured, and there is an electricity flowing between the players that is palpable but not overexerted. For me, there is nothing better than funk jams that add pop elements to their arsenal, blending catchy tunes with themes that embrace change and hint at uprising. It seems a bit sinister, but it's a classic soul strategy and the effectiveness of the approach can't be denied. The 10 tracks here (and a bonus goody at the end) are, on the surface, feel good party songs that will, at least, get your head bobbing. Dig a little deeper and you'll find songs filled with genuine emotion, songs that are striving for something better and brighter and asking you to do the same. This feeling encompasses the album, flowing from the hands of the eight musicians who are incredibly versed in the art of groove and execution. It's great to hear an album like this that is not only well played, but also instantly accessible and extremely relevant.