With the particularly personal themes running through many of the songs here, it would be easy to assume this would be intimate and perhaps downbeat. But Butler has turned his struggles with anxiety into a celebration of his strengths on his finest album since Sunrise Over Sea. He’s a master of crafting not just the right part, but the rootsy guitar tones to elevate his compositions; the Zeppelin-meets-hip hop backbeat of Wade In The Water encompasses an unexpected Indian slide solo; Coffee, Methadone & Cigarettes finds going deep into his family history via melancholic country. This is an artist grappling with himself and wringing out universal truths through superlative musicianship.
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