Review Summary: Butch Walker, Thank You.
You might not know this, but you’ve heard a Butch Walker song before! Actually you’ve probably heard a number of his tracks. Ever wondered how artists like Avril Lavigne, or Katy Perry could have a couple of surprisingly good song amidst the sea of pain inducing tracks? Well Butch Walker is why, he is a highly respected songwriter, and an accomplished singer too, in the music industry and when ever an artist needs a good catchy number they usually call Mr.Walker. Saying that his best work is still found on his solo albums, and earlier with Marvelous 3.
Letters might be the greatest mainstream rock album of all time. The lyrics are near perfect, the singing can not be faulted and the production is smooth as hell. An album that can make the listener laugh (‘Lights Out’), sing out loud (‘Maybe It’s Just Me’) and at times cry (‘Thank You Note’).
‘Maybe It’s Just Me’ is a pop rock song, the lyrics are pretty simple but powerful. It a love song, but about someone that is willing to stay out of their lovers life since he beliefs his one that’s hurting them. It’s an easy song to listen to, with a bit of an industrial intro before the acoustic guitar, which will play a big part throughout the album, comes in. ‘Mixtape’ is Marvelous 3 territory, with a bit comedic lyrics, another sing-a-long chorus makes this a winner.
‘So At Last’ is a long acoustic rock song, about nothing really getting someone. ‘Joan’ is heartbreaking, devastating actually. ‘Joan’ is powerful piano ballad, with a soaring chorus and a somber beat. The haunting lyrics deal with a women, named Joan, who’s left to Colorado to try to get out of an abuse relationship. The chorus is one of Walker’s greatest.
‘Lights Out’ is a slap in the face of the Hollywood scene, it’s an upbeat rock track with a hilarious, and catchy chorus. ‘The Best Thing You Never Had’ is quite easy to understand. It’s one of the fast songs on the album, with a good hard rock beat and a fun solo. ‘Promise’ is a very quiet acoustic ballad, with Walker practically whispering the lyrics.
‘Thank You Note’…it’s hard to explain the beauty of this number. How can I put the words so somebody can understand just how haunting the melancholic piano beat is? Or how devastating Walker’s lyrics and vocals are? The song is about giving up, and accepting that there is no white light at the end of this road. Just listen to it.