Now four decades old and a father, Butch Walker is back with his follow up to 2008’s “Sycamore Meadows” (reviewed here). On his latest, “I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart”, Walker struts through more than four decades of musical genres and styles to produce another eclectic collection of unique tunes.
Despite the twisting and twirling of genres, the one thing that Walker strives to remain devoted to is having a good time with a good melody. To that end, “I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart” is modestly successful, but what stands out as a stronger plus is the marvelous production – from the weepy strings on “Don’t You Think Someone Should Take You Home” to the gleeful harmonies on “House of Cards” – the record should be textbook for sonic quality. But the common criticism long time fans have of Walker – that his songs are not as strong as they used to be – is not remedied on this release…and no matter how hard you try to decorate a mediocre song, it’s still a mediocre song.
Butch Walker, who has seen success as a solo artist and front man while also producing and writing GRAMMY-nominated hit songs for some of the world’s biggest artists including Pink, Katy Perry and Dashboard Confessional, marks the success of his critically acclaimed fourth studio album Sycamore Meadows with the latest video for the single, “Here Comes The…” featuring P!NK.
In addition to his work on the latest Pink album, Funhouse, Butch’s new Katy Perry single “Thinking Of You” just entered Billboard’s Top 20 chart and his Top 5 Secondhand Serenade smash “Fall For You” is nearing towards double platinum sales. He recently completed work with Dashboard Confessional on their next album and had the unique experience of working with the all-star cast of Cee-Lo, Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy, Janelle Monet, Travis McCoy from Gym Class Heroes and Brendon Urie from Panic at the Disco on the new global theme for Coca Cola, “Open Happiness.” After playing a string of sold-out dates around the release of his album in October and November of 2008, Walker headed on a national headlining tour to over 20 cities.
Walker’s latest album Sycamore Meadows has received rave reviews from the press. Billboard referred to the album as a “new high point for the already accomplished Walker”, Filter stated, “as a songwriter his storytelling ability alone wins the day” and USA Today says “best thing I’ve heard from him.”
Sycamore Meadows, the street where acclaimed musician Butch Walker lived and worked in Malibu, CA has drastically changed as a result of the massive wildfires that destroyed much of the area last November. And like many other Southern California residents, Walker lost his entire house and all his personal possessions in those fires, including his studio and every master recording he’s ever made. But inspiration sometimes comes from tragedy and so it became that this event incited Butch Walker to create music unlike anything he had ever done before. The result is his fourth studio album, Sycamore Meadows (Power Ballad/Stay Platinum/Original Signal). The album, which was written and produced entirely by Walker, features a classic and introspective sound highlighting his poignant lyrics and unforgettable melodies, further proving the staying power of Walker as a solo artist.