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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.

Rob Laing

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