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The first single "Summer of 89" is just about the catchiest song he has penned since "My Way" or "Suburbia" off his first Marvelous solo record. But almost 10 years after that first album and 7 years removed from his masterpiece "Letters" we find Butch channeling his inner twang, on "closest thing to you", his inner Nirvana on the music of "Bullet Belt" and yep his inner Gaelic roots on "Dublin Crow".
All great tracks in their own right but "Synthesizers" may just steal the show. I mean with lines like "but I can still get down like, Frank Poncharello on a motor bike" how could it not!!!! And the Chorus explains what this album and it's diversity is all about. "for once, once in your life, wont you do what feels right, instead of waiting for the next big compromise." No compromising on this one. Butch made the album he wanted to make and wasn't worried about what is going on in the music industry.
My advice to you... buy it now... it's unlike anything that came before it but yet still so familiar in it's still 100% uncompromising Butch.
"The Spade" is not Butch Walker's finest record (two years on I still can't go more than a few days without listening to "I Liked You Better When You Had No Heart"), nor is it his weakest (sure, his record "The Rise and Fall of Butch Walker and the Let's Go Out Tonites" was fun the first few times, but I can't remember the last time I had a hankering to listen to it). But it's a fine addition to his catalog, and one of the best rock records of this year.
"Bodegas and Blood" features a catchy riff and excellent interplay with the band, while lead single "Summer of '89" is a loud, arena ready rocker with a hook that screams to be played loudly in your car on a Friday night. "Day Drunk" is another excellent inclusion in Walker's getting old song catalog, the sound building to a perfect simple chorus. "Dublin Crow" reminds me quite a bit of the White Stripes "Little Ghost" for some reason, but as that is one of my favorite songs by that band, I have no complaints about that. "Closest Thing To You I'm Gonna Find" is a beautiful song with a classic melody, something that seems to have existed since the seventies, while "Bullet Belt" sports a driving introduction into another one of those insanely good choruses.
The record stumbles occasionally. "Suckerpunch" is a little too "studio jam" for me, and "Sweethearts" never seems to get it's swagger right to me, though the backing vocals are pretty cool I must admit.Read more ›
This album includes songs that rock hard, a couple that are good drunken sing-a-longs, a couple "pop" sounding (no clue why these are not on the radio), and even a great ballad. I can listen to and sing along with every one of them. My only complaint with this album is that it seems a bit short! I'll be rocking along with all of the songs and before I know it it's back to track 1.
Overall, for less than 10 bucks how can you not buy this!
By the way, if you have not seen Butch in concert go to his website now and find out when he is playing near you! His albums are great but he is awesome live!
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Came across this while wandering through Amazon Music - a great find! This album has a little of everything, they are versatile. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Bob Isbell
If you know nothing about Butch Walker, this album is filled with singable songs and catchy riffs. If you know anything about Butch, this album will get to you in ways you never... Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by RK
I have loved Butch Walker since marvelous 3 days. This is classic butch but the spades bring a country/blue grass twang. Love most of the tracks on this album!Published on December 9, 2013 by plumbingbeaver
Saw Butch walker on live from Daryls house. He played some songs from this album. There's some fine tunes on herePublished on November 18, 2013 by Kent