The Spade - Butch Walker
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  • Summary: The singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer releases his debut album for Dangerbird Records.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Oct 7, 2011
    The Spade feels like Butch Walker has stopped his numerous genre exercises--as entertaining as they've been--and finally wrote an album that is entirely in his own voice. What's even more amazing about it is that it completely works.
  2. Aug 26, 2011
    The high points are among the most fun songs Walker's recorded.
  3. His latest release with the Black Widows, the pop-tinged, rock-and-roll based The Spade, is a collection of reasons why. It's tough to imagine why any band or artist would pass over a chance to work with Walker after hearing this release.
  4. Aug 30, 2011
    The lyrics still focus on Walker's own little world--the girls he's known, the drugs he's done, the trouble he got into as an '80s wild child--but Spade feels broader, fuller, more collective than those words suggest.
  5. Sep 12, 2011
    The Spade is a riotous album that recalls '80s-era Springsteen and Mellencamp, and Walker is smart enough to know not to take any of it too seriously.
  6. 40
    It's mainly brusque and strident raunch-rock, with an unappealing cajoling tone that virtually dares you not to find the songs clever and the hooks contagious.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. Aug 31, 2011
    Butch puts his best retro-rock hat on for his second release with the Black Widows. Rooted deep in garage rock and heartland oldies, The Spade is a flawless mix of Tom Petty's raucous side and Elvis Costello's biting lyrical wit. Guitars and gang vocals turned up, hooks and melodies everywhere. A true testament to Walker's ability to write clever songs with huge stuck-in-your-head choruses. Expand
  2. May 16, 2012
    Butch's best release to date, constantly evolving and finding his own. The Spade has so much to offer; From the modernized rock songs reminiscent of the 80's such as "Summer of 89" and "Day Drunk" to the softer "Closest Thing" and "Sweethearts" this album will not leave you disappointed. Expand