Richard Butler - Richard Butler
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  • Summary: This is the first solo release for the leader of The Psychedelic Furs (and, for those with a really good memory, Love Spit Love).
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  1. A lush, captivating, and dynamically vocalized album on the mellower end of Butler’s usual stylistic spectrum.
  2. This is probably the album that Coldplay will be making a few years down the line, when they finally give up on trying to shake arenas U2-style and work more toward their atmospheric strengths.
  3. 70
    Fine song craft and distinct vocals still shine. [Mar 2006, p.122]
  4. A likeable, though inconsistent, record.
  5. It's refreshingly under-eager. [Aug 2006, p.94]
  6. 40
    Fairly mundane. [Aug 2006, p.86]

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
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  1. RichardR
    Apr 26, 2006
    10
    I love the Furs, always heve, and I love Love Spit Love. I even saw the Furs here in Austin during this past year: it was like an Eighties Love-Fest Night! I was wondering if there was gonna be a turnout, but to my surprise the place was packed, everyone (almost) was was dressed in black, and Love was in the air as those guys played as well as I've ever seen them do. It was an ecstatic night for band and audience alike. So, needless to say, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this record. I honestly believe it's impossible for Richard Butler to sing anything but great songs with great lyrics and arrangements, so... Well, at first I was thinking Hmm, this is interesting, at least. Then as I listened more, and read the lyrics, I realized that this is a supremely beautiful bunch of songs, flawlessly sung, musically audacious, almost perfect! It's impossible for Richard not to have a kind of melancholy edge on his stuff, no matter how fast or slow the songs are (most of these are slow). While not apparent at first, a few listenings of this record will reel you in to just how gorgeous the lyrics and melodies and music are. I suppose Morrissey will sell more records, but for me, Richard Butler is the very soul of the Eighties, and I love this record. What's more, he's just as great now as he's been for the last 25 years, and probably better! Anyone who puts this record down hasn't really given it a proper listen. Expand
  2. JulieL
    May 13, 2006
    10
    Another profound and thoughtful piece of Richard Butler has been bestowed upon us ... thank you Richard for sharing your innermost self. Few performers show so much of what they have inside. Very different album for Richard, and so personal. Don't expect the normal sound; be open and listen a few times first. You'll fall in love. Expand
  3. Bob
    Jan 25, 2007
    9
    I heard the song Broken Airplanes playing in a local record store and could tell immediately that is was by Richard Butler. I was a big fan of the
  4. BrandonM
    Jul 12, 2006
    7
    This is a departure for Richard Butler musically, as it tends to very soft and slow. It works for about 70% of the album, but a few of the tracks are just boring and muddle along. Expand
  5. kevinp
    Sep 12, 2006
    1
    hands down, THE MOST BORING CD OF THE YEAR, talk about a snoozefest