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Artist: Butch Walker

Title: Left of Self-Centered

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Butch Walker Left of Self-Centered Album Cover


Category: Modern Hard Rock

Year: 2002

Label: Arista Records

Catalog Number: 07822-14743-2


Butch Walker vocals, guitar, bass
Kenny Cresswell drums
Jim Ebert additional keyboards


1.  Rock Vocal Power  1:57
2.  My Way  4:00
3.  Suburbia  4:08
4.  Trouble  3:58
5.  Alicia Amnesia  3:42
6.  Sober  3:21
7.  Into the Black  3:39
8.  Get Down  4:04
9.  Far Away from Close  3:52
10.  Diary of a San Fernando Sexx Star  3:40
11.  If (Jeannies Song)  4:53
12.  Take Tomorrow (One Day at a Time)  4:30
Total Running Time:  45:44

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Reno Date: September 7, 2002 at 23:44
Picks up right where ReadySexGo left off. I'm still undecided which was better. I loved them both. Butch is a master in the studio when it comes to wall of sound and in your face attitude. Lately he's been working with bands like Sum 41 and SR-71 from what I've heard. The first track is a funny kick off, but once you've heard it, you'll skip it from then on. My Way is an instant rock anthem, Suburbia is a humorous look at todays society. Every track is good on this cd. Check it out!

From: Steve T Date: September 8, 2002 at 5:31
3 out of 10 after 9 rating???? Gimme a break. This is a good album but it also takes a play or 3 to really get into. Not as immediate as Hey.. or Ready...but once it has you you're hooked. Butch is the only guy out there right now doing this kind of thing and more power to him. He is a truly great songwriter and plays the majority of the ionstruments on the album which he also produced himself. I think the man is a genius and this album is worthy of 8/10 easily.

From: freddy de keyze Date: September 23, 2002 at 8:01
The score is not high, but rightly so, because this kind of stuff don't belong here, bcause it's stupid nu-breed and it has nothing to do with AOR or hardrock ! And now the critics from P.Katt and dear Mr. Holmes or others, who think they are better than other people, or I'm I wrong ? (hope so !!!). We should stay on the same side and fight the same fight because or dear AOR genre deserves that !!! Peace (not piece) to everyone, but this is a bad record. Sorry !!

From: purrfect-kat Date: September 23, 2002 at 15:37
gee thanks for the insult, may we have another? . . lol. . . . . . How did I get involved with this cd? . . . I don't even know who Butch is?. . . . . . . . dear freddy are you trying to rock the boat? . . . I have You know that Dan patrols this section of the site with a big dick . . umm I mean big stick . . . (blushes) . . . . . . If you are going to sneak anything by him then wait until late at night when he is sleeping like I do . . lol

From: T-BONE Date: September 23, 2002 at 16:30
Go with the mjority people. Ignore Freddy The Krazy. This cd is no more shocking or 'out there' than when Poison or Pretty Boy Floyd popped onto the music scene with Mary Kay's entire catalog on their faces. Butch is glam, punk, rock, and AOR all rolled into one. He used to be with the awesome band Southgang.

From: freddy de keyze Date: November 19, 2002 at 4:56
Thanks for the compliment, T-Bone !! Butch AOR, who's the Krazy one here ? If one person should be ignored, it's you mr. T-Bone. All the best !!

From: koogles Date: November 19, 2002 at 11:07
I'm with Freddy 110%. The minute this nu-Breed shit starts seeping in, that's precisely the moment you open the whole pandora's box of modern rock. As far as I'm concerned, you let Marvelous 3 in & then you have to include Blink 182. Then what? Puddle of Crudd? Nickelcrap? Indeed, a line MUST be drawn. Butch Walker's Southgang was brilliant ('Tainted Angel' rules!), then he hopped on the next train to Trendsville & let his power-pop dink hang out in the 'neo-Cheap Trick' (not so) Marvelous 3.

From: nobby Date: December 15, 2002 at 19:59
i disagree this is an excellent hard melodic rock album, butch is doing a good job in flyin the hard rock flag. My way, Suburbia, etc all our hard rock anthems!!! he deserves to be on this site and as for 'tainted angel' it sucked!!! its hard to believe this guy was involved with the likes of southcrap!

From: freddy de keyze Date: February 20, 2003 at 13:30
Koogles has it right,guys. This 'crap'(I'm polite) has no place in Heavy Harmonies !!! Most of you don't understand the line between melodic rock and punk/alternative rock. This is alternative rock. If we let this in, we can also include System Of A Down, Sum 41, Chevelle, Good Charlotte and all other kid-bands. Are you adult people guys, or little kids, not knowing the difference between real music and plastic crap stuff, like this ! ?

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From: Dan Date: February 21, 2003 at 2:56
As a general rule, I am keeping the nu-breed stuff off this site (some may slip through since I'm not familiar with every single band that gets submitted here... I try, but there's simply too many bands to keep up on). One thing not to forget though, is that Butch Walker was a member of Southgang, one of the better 'unknown' hard rock bands out there...

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From: Blue Charvel Date: June 23, 2003 at 18:56
I wholeheartedly agree with Steve T's comments. It did take me a few listens to really get into it. But it's worth it. I think I dig the M3 stuff a bit more but this is definitely good too. Does it have any nu-breed influence? Absolutely! But it aint nu-breed, the songs are more mature, the harmonies are better, and you can hear Butch's obvious playing ability even though he's not doing the 80's rock solos anymore. Open them minds up and give it a shot.

From: METAL FAN 1 Date: August 26, 2003 at 21:34
Hi! I am one of those dudes who's stuck in the eighties. Not much of this 'NEW MUSIC' shit impresses me. Butch Walker definatly has that 'NEW' sound now-a-days. But make no mistake, he has an enormous talent that should make anyone in music (whatever the era) VERY jealous. As for 'Left Of Self Centered'; it's good, DAMN GOOD! I just picked it up the other day (as I am a huge Butch Walker fan, and enjoy all of his Southgang stuff). Give Butch and his new direction a chance. I think you'll dig it!

From: John Date: August 27, 2003 at 15:25
The man is a brilliant artist and obviously smart enough to realize Southgang was dead because people just don't care about that kind of music (I DO!) anymore. Sad, but time to move on. Regardless of how you feel about the 'style' (unfair because his music is so diverse, anyone who argues otherwise hasn't heard his stuff, they're just bashing for bashing's sake), there's no denying his songwriting ability and ear for a melody is the bomb-diggly.

From: METAL FAN 1 Date: August 29, 2003 at 18:17
Hey John, it's not that Southgang was dead (or that style of music for that matter); just that, for the sake of the almighty dollar, stuff like Nirvana became trendy. I mean, look how quickly Firehouse became un-cool, and Stone Temple Pilots became 'gods'. Sad really, how it all happend, you know. Otherwise I agree with you. Thankfully, Butch Walker is still out there Rockin'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From: JacenSolo Date: August 31, 2003 at 8:59
Well, Let's see....I hear harmonies, some are fairly heavy.....so I guess idiots like Freddy just don't have a clue, do they? Butch is one of the best in the business right now..... btw: Freddy - your reviews on melodicrock.com are absolutley hysterical, thankfully no one takes them seriously.

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From: Blue Charvel Date: September 2, 2003 at 8:03
Is that where the mighty Fred is hanging his hat these days? In some sort of masochistic way, I miss his Obsessive/Compulsive little diatribes on what is and what is not 'an AOR masterpiece!'...

From: AOR Freaky Date: December 1, 2003 at 12:10
Boy, this is good, great ! Perfect AOR indeed and a pleasure to listen to ! No, Butch is a too great artist to be ignored ! Great stuff !

From: love metal Date: December 10, 2003 at 14:43
i really enjoyed this and am looking forward to finding other stuff by butch. 'my way' and 'sober' are some of the best hard rock i heard in a long time.

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From: Blue Charvel Date: December 10, 2003 at 14:50
Have you tried Marvelous 3, Butch's previous band? If you like the solo stuff you'll probably dig M3.

From: Reno Date: December 11, 2003 at 7:52
Butch also had a band in the mid 90's called The Floyds and had an album called Creamy. I think Jayce and Slug were in the band with him. It wasn't very hard rock, but still kind of funny.

From: Rycheage Date: April 21, 2004 at 22:43
'Left of Self-Centered' is a true solo album in every sense and is natural progression from Marvelous 3's finest moment,'Readysexgo'. Even though Butch Walker may not take himself too seriously, on the evidence of this album,itís about time the rest of the music industry did. What distinguishes the songs on 'Left Of Self-Centered' from the majority of punk-pop bands currently out there is Walkerís cerebral,dare I say intelligent lyrics. Bob Dylan he isnít,but better than most stuff out there.

From: Gar Date: May 28, 2004 at 13:56
Great, catchy power pop. Butch is probably one of the better songwriters of today. Clever stuff.

From: Geoff Date: August 16, 2004 at 22:37
Oh Butch, you beautiful beautiful man. This CD is excellent and when I see people saying it does not belong on this site, I again look to the top left of my screen. Heavy Harmonies is what it say and heavy harmonies is what this album is filled to the brim with. Awesome and fun lyrics, songs catchy as f*ck, great solid musicianship... but just great songs. I don't care if you call it 'nu-breed' or what. To me it is A-class modern melodic hard rock. 9.4/10

From: AOR freaky Date: August 17, 2004 at 6:42
We totally DISAGREE on this one, Geoff ! This is the ULTIMATE CRAP RECORD ! 0/10 ! One of the worst discs EVER released. The real Walker with talent is Brett, not Butch !

From: Geoff Date: August 17, 2004 at 20:48
AOR Freaky, mate why do you make such idiotic statements?! Because you don't personally like this disc it is one of the worst ever released? What a f*cked way of thinking! Moronic. So you don't like, well there are thousands of others that do enjoy big catchy choruses, awesome lyrics, cool riffs and one of the most listenable albums I have ever heard. So this is worse than all dance/rap/country/pop etc. releases ever?! Stop making me think you're a complete vegetable, AOR Freaky! It hurts.

From: AOR freaky Date: August 18, 2004 at 5:44
The truth always hurts, Geoff ! You have to live with that ! And yes, this kind of drivel should have been never released -10/10 !

From: T-Bone Date: August 18, 2004 at 6:24
Isn't that the same thing the doctor said when you were born? :P

From: Geoff Date: August 18, 2004 at 7:46
I love it T-Bone! Very true mate. As for you, AOR Freaky, you are the single most frustrating person(for lack of a more appropriate word I wish not to use in the quarters)I have ever dealt with in any aspect of my life.The worst thing is I think you're in your 40's.How can someone of that much supposed maturity make such banal, mindless and brainless statements?You amaze me, and in not one single pleasant way.What truth hurt me? That you have no sense or worth as a musical critic? Didn't hurt me

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From: Blue Charvel Date: August 18, 2004 at 8:56
We totally AGREE on this one, Geoff ! This is the ULTIMATE RECORD ! 10/10 ! One of the best discs EVER released. The real Walker with talent is Butch, not Brett !

From: AOR freaky Date: August 18, 2004 at 14:24
T-Bone, Geoff and Blue Charvel ! You are such frustrated guys it's even funny ! And childish you are ! Unbelievable ! If you like kids punk, listen to Sum 41 and Blink 182 ! I don't hear the difference with this RUBBISH here ! Yes, I'm probably deaf ! Yes, Blue Charvel : I agree ! This is the ULTIMATE RECORD ! Indeed 10/10 to prove what CRAP in music means ! The ideal record to show and to let hear that to the rest of the world ! FANTASTIC RECORD : indeed, for all people under the age of 15.

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From: Blue Charvel Date: August 18, 2004 at 15:08
AOR freaky ! You are such frustrated guy it's even funny ! And childish you are ! Unbelievable ! If you like great music, listen to Mr. Walker ! Yes, AOR freaky : I agree ! This is the ULTIMATE RECORD ! Indeed 10/10 to prove what EXCELLENCE in music means ! The ideal record to show and to let hear that to the rest of the world ! FANTASTIC RECORD : indeed, for all people under the age of 55, sorry you didn't make the cut.

From: AOR freaky Date: August 18, 2004 at 15:27
Blue Charvel : I knew, I knew it ! You're so predictable ! I knew you would react again ! In fact we're the same type of person : I'm also predictable ! It's funny how we play the game ! Even funnier that others play that game too ! HA ! HA ! BUT . . . : this is still CRAP ! In taste we're the opposite ! In character : much the same (don't know if you're gonna like that !) ! It's a fact ! It's all so FUNNY ! CHEERS MATE !!!

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From: Blue Charvel Date: August 18, 2004 at 15:34
Well okay, perhaps some of that is true. I've always liked getting the last word... Besides as they say, one man's trash is another man's treasure... Apparently that works both ways... Word of warning Freddy, you may want to stay away from his new one, 'Letters' I think you'll hate that equally...

From: AOR freaky Date: August 18, 2004 at 15:56
Thanks, Blue Charvel ! Very true what you have to say ! And no, I don't think I will like his new one (don't think that's a surprise, but you never know if he has changed his style drastically from alternative/punk to AOR/POMP/MELODIC HARDROCK !). CHEERS and enjoy the new one. I listen to other stuff ! Then we're both happy !

From: hsf Date: August 18, 2004 at 16:45
The cool thing about this album is, while it may not be 'AOR', it is the litmus test by which all other reviews can be judged. Butch has enough change in his music to be labeled as 'nu-breed', but he retains enough of his rock roots to still have his music be phenomenally enjoyable. If you can't enjoy and appreciate his music, no matter if you like every other album on this site, your opinion is null and void to me because Butch Walker is where it begins and ends.

From: T-Bone Date: September 13, 2004 at 21:28
After listening to the new Butch Walker cd, I'll have to say I prefer this one much more. The first half of Letters is decent, but the rest loses steam quickly. In fact, I'd like to see him do an album thats a cross of M3's ReadySexGo and Left Of Self-Centered. Keep the rockin sound going and have less of the slow drawl tunes. It would also be cool to see him re-record a few of the old Southgang tunes with himself on vocals and get Jayce and Slug back as well

From: hsf Date: December 18, 2004 at 10:09
T-Bone, very interesting idea indeed! That would be an awesome idea for hidden tracks on his next release. (I can't forsee an album like that ever, but just to pacify/satisfy his older fans, hidden or B-sides would rule!)

From: Blaster Date: February 9, 2005 at 4:43
Butch's most consistent work yet! Songs like Alicia Amnesia and Sober are just magical. This album sounds like a Marvelous 3 album but thats a good thing, he also shows artistic growth with some introspective songs like Sober and Trouble. Suburbia is a great anthem that distills how crazy suburbia is. This album is great, every track is wonderful, I was depressed at how much Letters disappointed me after this.

From: steve72 Date: January 15, 2012 at 23:36
With a fresh sound & new haircut Butch really flexes his talent on this release. A great follow on from 'Ready, Sex, Go'. The songs and production are unencumbered by the M3 sound and perameters... and as stated above more consistent than his M3 work. Whilst definitely not metal, it does rock & as per any great rock record has a couple of "ballads". I wouldn't brand this nu metal, although it does encorporate some modern production values. Lyrically & musically it's whip smart & Tight with no filler in sight. The kid is genius!

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