Sporting a sound that is in large portions both Marc Bolan and David Bowie, fueled by the elegantly-wasted vagabond sound of '70s LA, yet managing to not sound completely dated is the latest by Butch Walker. This is the same Butch Walker of some of the most entertaining blogs on MySpace; reportedly (I have not yet had the pleasure) master of the most entertaining concerts of recent memory; and lead production-pirate on that swashbuckling affair known as Rock Star: Supernova.
This record is like of one of those sleazy remnants at the end of a party that refuses to leave your apartment, switching subjects the way an amphetamine-depleted 4-in-the-morning truck driver veers across lanes while looking for the nearest motel, or a door-to-door Jesus-is-the-answer salesman. I mean that in the best way. Try as I might, "Ladies and Gentlemen…The Let's-Go-Tonites" will not exit my stereo. I've pleaded. I've hid it. I've tried bribes. But this sassy, persuasive harlot of a song will not let me play much else before giving way its charms once again. And the rest of the record is just as seductive.
After an eye-lifting intro, the choral magic of a renovated T-Rextasy provides the footing for the opener "Hot Girls in Good Moods", a chugging rocker that inspires images of the drunken shy guy finally giving way to his dance-floor dreams. "Betheamphetamine (Pretty Pretty) takes a stroll through Cars-land. "Too Famous to Get Fully Dressed" (a song that could be christened the Nick Nolte anthem) is completely resplendent in all its bouncing glory with an irresistible la-la chorus (there's that Bolan thang again).
Shifting gears expertly, Walker delivers the sultry "We're All Going Down" which sounds like it could be from U2's Pop record (which I absolutely slobbered over). This is a MONSTER track. Staying in the somber mood is the excellent "Dominoes" which sounds like it could have been penned by Paul (The Phantom of the Paradise) Williams.
The other tracks are all well-mannered, exquisitely-dressed little tykes that deserve full marks for their performance in this year's class. Walker is a major talent and I just get the feeling that he is able to tear off a record like with very little effort. Now if he can just give me a hand to get this CD off my stereo so I can concentrate on other duties…..