Sycamore Meadows

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Sycamore Meadows
Studio album by Butch Walker
Released November 11, 2008
Recorded 2008
Genre Alternative rock, folk rock, pop rock
Length 60:00
Label Original Signal Recordings
Producer Butch Walker
Butch Walker chronology
Leavin' the Game on Luckie Street
(2008)Leavin' the Game on Luckie Street2008
Sycamore Meadows
I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart
(2010)I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
PopMatters 8/10 stars link

Sycamore Meadows is the fourth full-length album by Butch Walker. It was released in the United States on November 11, 2008. Walker wrote three tracks ("Ships in a Bottle", "Vessels", and "The 3 Kids In Brooklyn") prior to the Malibu house fires that took his home in November 2007. These tracks were made available on Walker's Myspace site in demo form in late 2007. Butch stated in an interview with InklingsTV that "[the fires] made [him] feel like [he] had something to prove, something that [he] needed to say". The physical packaging of the album is, according to Walker, very 'bare-bones', because he wanted it to be 'all about what's on the disc'. The album was acclaimed by music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100, Sycamore Meadows currently holds a rating of 81/100, indicating universal acclaim.

Butch released an online-only video for the first single "Ships in a Bottle" through his Myspace website on September 15, 2008. The music video for the second single "The Weight of Her" premiered on on November 24, 2008.

A special 180-gram vinyl-edition release of Sycamore Meadows was made available for the 2008 holiday season.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "The Weight of Her" 3:43
2. "Going Back/Going Home" 4:02
3. "Here Comes the..." (feat. Pink) 4:10
4. "Ponce De Leon Ave." 4:26
5. "Ships in a Bottle" 4:07
6. "Vessels" 4:13
7. "Passed Your Place, Saw Your Car, Thought of You" 5:40
8. "The 3 Kids In Brooklyn" 4:33
9. "Summer Scarves" 4:25
10. "A Song for the Metalheads" 2:57
11. "Closer to the Truth and Further from the Sky" 4:37
12. "ATL" 5:28
13. "Vocal and Piano" 7:44
UK/iTunes bonus track
No. Title Length
14. "That Side of You" 4:34