CD REVIEW: Lee Butcher - "All in Good Time"
By: Cyrus Rhodes
"brilliant snapshot of music"
"Tool meets Pearl Jam"
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Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Alternative Rock, Progressive Rock
Sounds Like: Live, Tool, Pearl Jam
Technical Grade: 9/10
Overbearing vocal presence
I've heard acting, screenwriting & songwriting make for a deadly combination. Los Angeles singer/songwriter Lee Butcher releases his debut CD ‘All in Good Time” in 2010. You may remember Lee as one of the members of OBLIQUE. After the band split, Lee went into the studio and began recording his debut album “All in Good Time.” Influences range from Tool, Alice in Chains, to Robert Plant & Allison Krauss, & Muddy Waters.
Logging in at just over 46 minutes the CD kicks things off with “Hey” a vibrant intro piece serving up driving rock rhythm, against psychedelic keyboard accents & passionate vocals from Butcher. Track 2 “All n Good Time” shifts gears a bit with melancholy guitar/piano intro eventually lending itself into an impressive rock ballad with well placed harmonica accents, & hooky vocals from Butcher. Track 3 “The Acrobat” delivers a compelling acoustic ballad that fills the space peacefully & unobtrusively eventually building itself into a classic vocal finale. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear influences ranging from Live, Pearl Jam, Tool, Perfect Circle, & even Alice in Chains. Despite all these influences it’s impressive how much of a signature sound Butchers music has. The music itself is an impressive blend of tripped out, dark progressive rock, with perhaps a dash of melancholy acoustic rock flair. Right from the start you will notice rich musical textures overflowing everywhere, full of passion, variety, & strong melodic structure. The songs themselves are addictive, & packed to the hilt with mysterious lyrical content & subject matter that will keep you guessing. Butcher’s voice goes down smooth, & has a rebellious jagged edge to it, & at times reminds me of Layne Staley (Alice in Chains), Maynard Keenan (Tool), Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) & Adam Kowalcxyk (Live) I might add Butcher takes some impressive vocal risks throughout the CD. No doubt Butcher can hold his own vocally, as I did notice a few well placed falsettos. Enter Butcher’s musicianship (Guitar, Bass, Harmonica, & Percussion) makes him even more impressive. If he just so happened to write all these songs – well he could be bigger than any of us realize. What I like most about the music is its sheer unpredictability, amazing originality, & unique signature sound note for note. Song for song you can never really predict what’s waiting for you around the next corner. From dark & foreboding “Boogieman’s Courtship” to hard hitting “The Kid” & “True Nature” to mesmerizing “Brook Lang” & “Precious Moments” to the Celtic epic “Hope” this CD has something for just about everyone.
It’s had to find any noticeable weaknesses with this CD. But if could say anything to Butcher right now - it would be step back from the mic a bit on some of the slower parts, find that emotional pocket & ride down the intensity a bit. I really like the voice, the passion & the raw intensity from Butcher, but he comes on way to strong across the board. Even when the music doesn’t call for it, Like a bold font in your face. Its’ fair to say Butcher is guilty of “over singing” some parts very much like an actor “overacts”. In most cases "under singing" is actually way better than "over singing" Kind of like comparing Jim Carrey to Meryl Streep. All songs over 4 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line.
All in good time” by Lee Butcher is an impressive musical production from start to finish. It’s strong suit – the amazing creative genius that is Lee Butcher. He is a musical triple threat & possesses more than enough musical talent & songwriting prowess to be extremely dangerous. The music is dirty, but goes down smooth, & like the aforementioned has a very unique signature sound. The messages are dark, passionate, honest, & very melancholy – all from the artist’s perspective. The true meaning of some of these songs is buried deep within the lyrical content, & is not so easily pinned down the first listen. Overall it’s a brilliant shapshot of music. I really admire artists out there who are themselves & just let the chips fall where they may. Praise goes out to the artist that can show us something real & genuine beneath their veil of vanity. Lee Butcher is one of those artists. Make no bones about it this is a dark record - so be advised you may not want to listen to this CD on the day you get fired, or the night your wife leaves you, but if your looking for dark, tripped out musical experience that offers up an alternative rock aftertaste then I highly recommend you jump into “All in good Time” by Lee Butcher head first. Acting, screenwriting & songwriting - a deadly combination indeed!
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