Sycamore Meadows - Butch Walker
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  • Summary: The producer/singer/songwriter releases his lastest solo album.
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  1. Sycamore Meadows is an album that was born from heartache, and it’s on its saddest and most visceral numbers that the album truly shines, and perhaps gives some validity to that old lie about art.
  2. Sycamore Meadows is ultimately pretty uplifting, exuding a laid-back, Tom Pettyish tunefulness.
  3. His latest album cannibalizes and spews out influences as diverse as gospel, glitter, metal, and folk, as well as elements of the aforementioned Petty, Springsteen, and Bowie in new and exciting ways.
  4. For much of the album, Mr. Walker sings about breakups and aftermaths, and songs like 'Here Comes the ...' and 'Vessels' show he can still write pop choruses. Now and then, his instinct for drama makes him sound mawkish. But he’ll probably never be so unguarded again.
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    He's walking away on style, delivering a collection of distinctive songs. [Nov 2009, p.97]
  6. Beneath the radio polish lies a wickedly caustic songwriting wit.
  7. It’s an ideal time to simultaneously start over and glance back, which Walker does on Sycamore Meadows, trading the glammy style of his prior solo work for competent, traditional radio rock....Then again, you’ll need a high threshold for boorishness to enjoy his frequent autobiographical nostalgia for substance abuse, pubescent defloration and venereal disease.

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