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CD Reviews: Butch Walker
Butch Walker: Left of Self-Centered
August 2002
By: Lauren Jonik (
album cover of Butch Walker's Left of Self-Centered

It has 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. If (Jeannie's 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 by Injected, whose first single Faithless received national airplay in early 2002. Butch co-wrote SR-71's hit single Right Now and is producing their second cd. Texas band Bowling 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 Want.

"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.