Butch Walker – Afraid of Ghosts

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  1. Afraid of Ghosts: πŸ‘πŸ»
  2. I Love You: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  3. Chrissy Hynde: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  4. Still Drunk: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  5. How Are Things, Love?: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  6. Bed on Fire: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  7. 21+: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  8. Autumn Leaves: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  9. Father’s Day: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  10. The Dark: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»

Until 6 days ago I had never heard of Butch Walker. I was reading the wikipedia page for Gravel & Wine while I was listening to it, and saw that not only was Butch Walker the other half of the duet on Sweet Hell, but his band did most of the music on the entire album. So I used the Suggest an Album form to send myself a reminder to come back to him.

Holy damn was I disappointed – and right from Jump Street. I’ve been taking notes as I listen to each album, and the very first thing I wrote down for Afraid of Ghosts (the name of the album and the name of the first track) was “Not. At. All. what I was expecting.” But that song was ok. It went downhill pretty quickly after that. The performances seemed fine, but every song seemed to remind me of a better song by a different band. Once or twice that’s fine, but an entire album? Pass. I also noticed the mixing wasn’t very good; I could hear the mics peaking, even on quiet mellow songs. Finally, I found the lyrics to be extremely boring, and even vapid in some places.

This is the first album I listened to for this project that I hadn’t heard all (or at least most) of before sitting down to listen to it here. A big part of the reason for doing this is to try to broaden my horizons. Not a great start, but I won’t let that stop me from trying again. In fact, I think I might even try some more Butch Walker. I sort of got the feeling while listening to this that this album wasn’t quite like his other work. Or maybe I’m just hoping that, because I still want him to sound like he did on Sweet Hell.

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