The Rise And Fall Of Butch Walker And The Let's-Go Review

artist: Butch Walker date: 09/05/2006 category: compact discs
Butch Walker: The Rise And Fall Of Butch Walker And The Let's-Go
Release Date: Jul 11, 2006
Label: Epic/One Haven/Red Ink
Genres: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Hard Rock
Number Of Tracks: 13
As a fan of music in general one cannot help but think "wow" while listening to the latest album from Butch Walker.
 Sound: 10
 Lyrics: 10
 Overall Impression: 10
 Overall rating:
 9.7 
 Reviewer rating:
 10 
 Users rating:
 9.4 
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overall: 10
The Rise And Fall Of Butch Walker And The Let's-Go Reviewed by: gogita21, on september 05, 2006
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Sound: From the first choral strains of "Ooooh... Aaaah..." to the echoing refrain of "When Canyons Ruled The City", this album just sings. Not only that, but it also screams and moans and wails. Butch Walker has brought another great mix of music with the help of a new backing band (dubbed "The Let's Go Out To Nites"). The energetic opening songs set the mood for this album. This is definitely a new Butch; recovered from the heartbreak Letters was about, he's back and upbeat like a fox. There are a few slower, downbeat songs to add to the album as well, of course, but they seem to fit in just fine. Also, as fans have come to expect, Butch slipped in a few different genres. There's the punk sounding "Paid To Get Excited", the Dylan-esque "Rich People Die Unhappy" (with a "Subterranean Homesick Blues"-themed accompanying video), and even a few that are a little hard to define (notably, "Ladies & Gentlemen"). There's definitely something for everyone on this disc. // 10

Lyrics: No longer lamenting lost love (a la Letters), the new album's lyrical content is much less depressing. This is a party album and that mood is set from the opening song (after the intro track). Butch is singing about "Hot Girls in Good Moods" rather than harsh breakups. The sadder songs ("We're All Going Down", "Dominoes") deliver as well, for those who still like the lonesome side of Walker. The lyrics on this album definitely reflect Butch's overall style; he's still full of inventive lyrics that you'd rarely hear from a mainstream artist. His vocal ability compliments the lyrics as usual, too. He hasn't lost one bit of his emotional sound or his upper range. The lyrics are also supported well by the accompaniment. The nostalgically saddening theme of "Dominoes" is well played on the piano and violins, not to mention of course Butch's fantastic vocals and lyrics. The lyrics certainly hold up to previous releases. // 10

Overall Impression: As a fan of music in general one cannot help but think "wow" while listening to the latest album from Butch Walker. The lyrics are inventive, the music is diverse, and it's just good all around. "The Rise And Fall..." is definitely a great addition to Butch's collection of solo releases. While the entire album stands tall, some of the highlights include "Rich People Die Unhappy" with it's catchy melody and lyrics and "When Canyons Ruled the City" for it's contagious "La-da-da-da" chorus. For those who have gotten used to Letters (like me) this album may take some time to grow on you, but once it does, you'll find it hard to dislike anything except the fact that it ends! // 10

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