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|5.0 classic||Dave Donnelly STAFF | January 4th 09|
Blood On The Tracks. Jagged Little Pill. Sea Change. Iconic break-up records all, but they’re all just a little bit gloomy. Sycamore Meadows isn’t all about a break-up- in fact it’s not so clear there was a full-blown break-up at all- but it’s a record that hits on the full range of emotions that accompany a great loss. Highlight ‘Here Comes The...’ is Walker’s most moving and emotionally vulnerable composition to date, flawlessly evoking the fear and isolation of a relationship going wrong, while ‘Vessels’ takes a more whimsical approach, recalling the exciting “having sex on the hoods of cars” stage of a relationship. The glammy, horn-filled ‘Ponce De Leon Ave’ celebrates the letting loose period after the fact, ‘The Weight Of Her’ channels Elvis Costello in its righteous dismissal of petty post-relationship politics, while tracks like 'Going Back/Going Home' and closer 'ATL' explore the concept of “home” through the eyes of somebody who knows what it’s like to be unexpectedly homeless.
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|4.5 superb||Brandon E.L. Magnuson | January 3rd 09|
Who knew that the 38 year old man who co-created the "brilliant" Rock Star Supernova and who produced records for artists like The Academy Is..., Avril Lavigne, Lindsay Lohan, Simple Plan, Pink and many other "musicians" would create a Pop Rock masterpiece, but that's exactly what Butch Walker has created.
Whether it was loosing all his possessions, including the masters to every song he had ever recorded or almost two decades of sex, drugs and rock n roll Sycamore Meadows is inspired and sincere. It is surprisingly well written and personal without being at all pretentious, when it is catchy it is some of the catchiest material of the year and when it is moving it is well very moving.
In a year full of surprises and think this Pop Rock masterpiece is one of the most unexpected.
|4.5 superb||Ronen | October 11th 10|
|4.0 excellent||noisy | September 12th 10|
|4.5 superb||mppwns | June 10th 10|
|4.5 superb||DrReg | September 24th 09|
|3.5 great||Skyler | August 16th 09|
|4.5 superb||mvdu | June 5th 09|
|4.5 superb||camw | March 30th 09|
|4.0 excellent||Kodan | March 18th 09|
|4.0 excellent||yty | March 6th 09|
|4.5 superb||MBS | February 9th 09|
|4.5 superb||AFI084 | January 4th 09|
|4.0 excellent||Ghearufu | November 12th 08|
|5.0 classic||Kisxxoo | November 7th 08|
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