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This review is from: Sycamore Meadows [Us Import] (Audio CD)
Although hardly a household name in the UK, Butch Walker is a not only an accomplished musician & singer/songwriter he's also renowned for his production skills with artists like P!nk, Avril Lavigne, Katy Perry, Simple Plan and Fall Out Boy amongst those that he's recently worked with. This is his fourth solo album and is quite simply as stunning record.
Named after the street in Southern California where Butch Walker lived that was destroyed by wildfire in late 2007, Sycamore Meadows is an auto biographical, introspective journey through his 38 years to date and showcases his talents perfectly. Whether it's the uplifting, sassy strut of `The Weight of Her' and `Ponce De Leon Ave.' or the beautiful melancholy of `Summer Scarves' or `Ships in a Bottle' you can't fail to be impressed with the wit and sensitivity of Walker's lyrics and the quality musicianship evident on each of the 12 tracks.
It's hard to pick stand out tracks from an album dripping in such quality but the awesome `Here Comes the...' just about steals the show. It's the perfect break up song, written (one assumes) from the perspective of a guy knowing another heart break is on the cards and readying himself for the inevitable fall out - "Here comes the heartache, the move out date, excuses for my friends". This song alone deserves to catapult Butch Walker to super stardom. `Going Back / Going Home' features a wonderful and hilarious rap summing up Butch's childhood, first forays into the music business and current state of mind and `Passed Your Place, Saw Your Car, Thought Of You' is a rom com of a tune that would melt the hardest of hearts.
For such a personal album, paying homage to places, loves and losses `Sycamore Meadows' is remarkably accessible and enjoyable. Anyone who enjoys the likes of Jason Mraz, Gavin DeGraw and John Mayer will enjoy this album immensely.