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I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart

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Trash Day
Pretty Melody
Don't You Think Someone Should Take You Home
Stripped Down Version
Canadian Ten
Temporary Title
She Likes Hair Bands
House of Cards
They Don't Know What We Know
Be Good Until Then
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Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 40:11

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Amelia Raitt


Amelia Raitt is a former writer for the television program Mr. Belvedere and has been writing about pop music of all colors and stripes for eMusic since 2005. S...more »

Butch Walker, I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart
2010 | Label: One Haven Music / The Orchard

Butch Walker knows his way around a melody, and his endless collaboration with Top 40 chart-toppers is further proof of his knack for a hook. His solo stuff is significantly less-varnished than his work with, say, Katy Perry, and would probably appeal to fans of Army/Navy and Sloan. See his latest record, I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart, for jams like "Trash Day" — power pop at its finest.

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Got Space???


Dump this on your mp3 player and enjoy the ride. Butch Walker is an incredible songwriter and a great talent to boot. This is a "can't miss" title.

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Classic Pop Record


I will admit the 70's is my favorite era of music! I have many friends who make the tired old comment, "no one makes good records anymore". my response. i play this for them, and prove them wrong. Brilliant "pop" record! I am so glad we have Butch Walker makin' great records. Thanks Butch!

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His Royal Butchness...


Though this will probably raise the ire of those who want Butch to Rawk, this is a great CD. Great production, quality songwriting full of great buttery Butchness. He's come quite a long way from hair band to new style Elvis Costello and I'm happy to take the ride with him.

eMusic Features


This is Your Life: Butch Walker

By Laura Studarus, Contributor

Butch Walker is a covert rock star. Though his name is unlikely to raise more than a quizzical look in the average household, run through a brief list of artists he's either produced or written with and watch the lights go on: Katy Perry. Fall Out Boy. Taylor Swift. Avril Lavigne. As an artist, Walker's CV winds through an even more diverse set of sounds. Although his first outfit to generate public attention was the… more »

They Say All Music Guide

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. – Andrew Leahey

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