Walker: Left of Self-Centered
By: Lauren Jonik (firstname.lastname@example.org)
been said that you can't pretend to be witty. If this is the case,
the latest cd by Butch Walker, Left of Self-Centered, proves
once again, that he is the real deal. Released in July 2002 on Arista
Records, the latest offering by the suburban Atlanta, GA native
combines larger than life sounds, authenticity, accessible wisdom
and a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor. The first single, My Way,
sets the tone for the entire album. Driving guitars, pounding drums
and lyrics infused with positivity, serve as a reminder of the simple-yet-often-overlooked
truth: your life is your own for a reason- enjoy being who you are
and have the courage to appreciate the life you've been given. It's
worth it- you're worth it.
It is a skill to so
effortlessly blend humor with depth, as evidenced on Trouble,
which touches on the emotions brought to life by teenage pregnancy.
Keenly perceptive, Suburbia is about the struggle to rise
above the mundane and mediocre in life. While the mellow Sober includes
the talents of Time Bomb Recording artist, Peter Searcy, Into
the Black features the skills of Motley
Crue bassist Nikki Six. The soulful voice of Chrystina
Lloree appears on background vocals in Get Down and Suburbia.
Song) is at once gentle, heartfelt and poignant.
In addition to crafting
his stellar debut solo cd, Butch Walker, the former lead singer
of the Marvelous 3, has been busy with other musical endeavors in
recent years. He produced the Island/Def Jam debut, Burn It Black
whose first single Faithless received national airplay in
early 2002. Butch
hit single Right Now and is producing their second cd. Texas
for Soup enlisted Butch's talents for their forth-coming album
on Mojo/Jive and co-wrote the single, The Girl All the Bad Guys
"Give me all your
fear, throw it all away, think about the good things, no matter
what they say, we'll take tomorrow baby, one day at a time,"
sings Butch Walker in Take Tomorrow (One Day At A Time).
On so many levels,
Left of Self-Centered is simply right on target.