Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
People Move on
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock, Metal
It hasn't been easy for UK guitar guru Bernard Butler. In the mid-90s, he walked out on the supergroup the London Suede. Then his two proceeding projects splintered --a one-album soul-pop duo called McAlmont & Butler and a... more »
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It hasn't been easy for UK guitar guru Bernard Butler. In the mid-90s, he walked out on the supergroup the London Suede. Then his two proceeding projects splintered --a one-album soul-pop duo called McAlmont & Butler and a weeklong stint in the Verve. At his wife's urging, however, Butler grabbed the microphone and flew solo. The textures on his debut vary from seductively soft ("You Light the Fire") to Phil Spector-clanging ("Not Alone," "You Just Know"), but each cut gleams with heartfelt emotion and, of course, Butler's trademark flowery flourishes. This represents a comeback that few expected.--Tom Lanham
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Great Guitar Work w/ a Voice to Back It Up
Brian Murphy | Tampa, FL. | 10/05/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I actually give this album 4-1/2 stars. It's hard to determine what actually drives this album; the voice or the guitar work. The mix of loud, catchy guitar riffs on some of the songs mixed with simple accoustical songs filled with great vocal harmony make this album a good listen to at any mood or place. "Not Alone" has that rockin' Suede feel but with, in my opinion, a more mature vocal sound than Bret Anderson's voice. Sorry Bret. Even some string-work is mixed into this album. As one reviewer pointed out, you might not like this album at first listen but believe me it'll grow on you in a very good way. As for me. I immediately was taken by the album. Thanks Bernard!"
He'll have more success producing for The Libertines.
Greg Brady | 12/05/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)
"When I heard this album, I had high hopes since he was so brilliant with Suede and I believe that he was as vital to the band as Brett Anderson. So obviously I expected some of the same brilliance on his first solo album. There are some moments where he shines, "Not Alone", "Stay" and "You Just Know" but the rest don't seem inspired. There's something lacking when I hear this album, that same chill I got when hearing the songs from the Butler-era Suede was missing on People Move On. His solo career as NME put it "was dead upon arrival". It's very sad that he left Suede because of the possibilities that were ahead for him and the band but he chose this. In retrospect it's a bad move. I don't understand why these people who establish themselves in a band and then at the height of their powers they leave and think that they can do just as well alone? It's very rare for singers to pull it off but guitarists have never had success, et al; Jimmy Page, Johnny Marr, John Squire, etc... If you want to hear Butler at his best, look elsewhere. (Suede)"
A Really Good Solo Debut from this Guitar Genius
Sakos | United States | 12/16/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Let me say first of all, I am a huge Suede fan and in particular, Bernard Butler's guitar playing and songwriting. His influence on my own guitar playing, in particular, runs deep. That being said, how is his first solo album? Part of the magic of Suede was his collaboration with Brett Anderson (their new band, The Tears, I cannot WAIT to listen to!). This album is really, really good. It's nowhere near as good as Suede, but that'd be an unfair comparison. There are some spectacular songs on this disc, including Not Alone, You Just Know, A Change of Heart, Autograph, and Stay. There is also some slower, almost boring stuff. And Bernard's voice can get slightly annoying at times, although not too bad. That being said, this is a really good album and worth a listen, especially if you are into Suede."