Butch Walker – American Love Story

Do you ever find yourself wanting to tell a favorite artist how proud you are of them? You know they have fans all over the world and they’re highly successful, but you just want to tell them ”Hey! Great job!”?

I feel that feeling with this record. Butch and I are from the same area in Northwest Georgia and I hope he knows that he is making us proud.

American Love Story is a rock opera; it is meant to be listened to as a full work of art. It tells a story and should be consumed as a whole. The short version is laid out in the liner notes and the music on the album is a perfect accompaniment to the tale laid out on the insert.

Musically, this album is very much pop-rock with a heavy 80s influence. There are plenty of head-bobbing synth beats, overdubbed vocals, and phased out drums. The sound on this record would absolutely fit in on any playlist from 1988.

Lyrically, this album is intense. There are a lot of not-so-fun lyrics that are integral to the story.

The sing-a-long-abilty of the songs helps to reinforce the weight of the communiqué being put out into the world on American Love Story by making it so easy to digest. This rock opera is an inescapable political message that needs to be heard. It is Like Rage Against The Machine meets Hall & Oates.

My favorite track: Fuck It (I Don’t Like Love)

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