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Butch Walker Stay Gold

August 25 2016, 6:14 PM EDT Evan Lucy

Remarkably nuanced and precise storytelling details shine on Butch Walker’s ‘Stay Gold’

Butch Walker Stay Gold

Remarkably nuanced and precise storytelling details shine on Butch Walker’s ‘Stay Gold’

Released: August 26, 2016 Dangerbird Records

FILE UNDER: FREEWHEELING AMERICAN ROCK

ROCKS LIKE: Bruce Springsteen, Ryan Adams, the Gaslight Anthem

WHAT'S DIFFERENT: Walker’s eighth full-length comes on the heels of 2015’s Afraid Of Ghosts, a heartbreaking album centered on the death of his father. The ebullient songs on Stay Gold lean more toward the bratty fun of 2011’s The Spade: Walker’s imbued each with remarkably nuanced and precise storytelling details, from the cheeky double entendre “Mexican Coke” and the Asbury Park anthem “Ludlow Expectations” to the uproarious Celtic-specked rocker “Irish Exist” and gorgeous country-laced ballads (“Descending,” “Record Store”). You get the sense some of the names and stories have been changed to protect the guilty—maybe even Walker himself—but what’s rock ‘n’ roll without a little rule-breaking?

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: The chameleonic singer/songwriter has tried his hand at power pop, arena rock, glam rock and alt-country over the years, but the sound on Stay Gold is what suits him best: heart-on-sleeve Americana that’s equal parts earnest and exuberant. 

OUR PICK: "Ludlow Expectations"

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