I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart

I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart

by Butch Walker & the Black Widows


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I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart

The day that Butch Walker runs out of melodies will be a dark day indeed, but he shows little sign of decline on his fifth solo effort. Like Sycamore Meadows, this album finds the 40-year-old Walker in a contemplative, autobiographical mood, referencing everything from his hair metal past to his Los Angeles home. It's ostensibly a breakup record, too, with a rather despondent title and another sad, Southern-styled ballad, "Don't You Think Someone Should Take You Home," that sounds like the companion piece to 2008's "Here Comes The." If Walker is heartbroken, though, he doesn't show it during some of the album's best songs, from the roots rocker "Trash Day" to the shuffling "Temporary Title." Bad feelings also don't prevent him from ornamenting the album with some of his best production to date. A sweeping, Phil Spector-styled string section opens "Pretty Melody," swells of vocal harmony pop up throughout "Stripped Down Version," and violins dart around the melody in "House of Cards." Michael Trent receives co-writing credits for roughly half of these tracks, but I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart is a Butch Walker album through and through. It's also one of his best, proof that Walker still can't take a step without bumping into a usable hook.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/23/2010
Label: One Haven Music
UPC: 0855105002011
catalogNumber: 500201
Rank: 74811

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Butch Walker & the Black Widows   Primary Artist
Rob Mathes   Conductor
Butch Walker   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Darren Dodd   Drums,Background Vocals
Fran Capitanelli   Guitar,Background Vocals
Perry Montague-Mason   Concert Master
Thomas Bowes   Concert Master
Chris Unck   Guitar,Background Vocals
Michael Trent   Background Vocals
Jake Sinclair   Bass,Percussion,Background Vocals
Wes Flowers   Keyboards,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Isobel Griffiths   String Conductor
Rob Mathes   Orchestral Arrangements
Butch Walker   Composer,Lyricist,Producer
Jonathan Allen   Engineer
Michael Trent   Composer,Lyricist
Jake Sinclair   Producer,Engineer
Strawberryluna   Artwork,Layout

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I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Butch Walker never disappoints!!