The Spade

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The Spade
Studio album by Butch Walker
Released August 30, 2011
Genre Alternative rock, pop rock
Length 34:14
Label Dangerbird Records (US), Lojinx (Europe)
Producer Butch Walker
Butch Walker chronology
I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart
The Spade
Afraid of Ghosts
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 78/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Alternative Press 4/5 stars [1]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[3]
PopMatters 9/10 stars[4]
They Will Rock You 5/5 stars [2]

The Spade is the sixth full-length studio album by Butch Walker, and the second released under the name Butch Walker and the Black Widows. It was released on August 30, 2011 on CD, vinyl, and digital formats. The lead single was "Summer of '89".

The album's newest single, "Synthesizers," was released on January 20, 2012. "Synthesizers" has a video featuring Matthew McConaughey reprising his popular Dazed and Confused role of David Wooderson.[5]



The album received a score of 78 on the Metacritic aggregate review site, indicating a generally favorable reception. Andrew Leahey of Allmusic noted that the album "explores the seedy side of Hollywood with equal parts power pop and heartland rock & roll", and that the lyrics of the songs in the album "focus on Walker’s own little world -- the girls he’s known, the drugs he’s done, the trouble he got into as an ‘80s wild child -- but Spade feels broader, fuller, more collective than those words suggest."[2]

Evan Sawdey of Pop Matters was very positive about the album; even though he thought the album "doesn’t do anything new or particularly innovative", he found that "it's just a damn good rock album through and through" and that Walker had "finally wrote an album that is entirely in his own voice."[4] On the other hand, Andy Gill of The Independent wrote that the album is "mainly brusque and strident raunch-rock, with an unappealing cajoling tone that virtually dares you not to find the songs clever and the hooks contagious. Which they aren't, particularly."[6]


The album hit number one on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart on its first week of release and peaked at number 105 on the Billboard 200,[7] selling 5,000 copies in its debut week. The album has sold 18,000 copies in the US as of February 2015.[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Bodegas and Blood" Butch Walker, Fran Capitanelli, Michael Trent 3:53
2. "Every Single Body Else" Chris Unck, Trent 3:00
3. "Summer of '89" Walker 4:15
4. "Sweethearts" Capitanelli, Trent 3:03
5. "Day Drunk" Walker, Trent 3:55
6. "Synthesizers" Jake Sinclair, Trent 3:25
7. "Dublin Crow" Walker 2:50
8. "Closest Thing To You I'm Gonna Find" Walker 3:56
9. "Bullet Belt" Walker, Trent 4:04
10. "Sucker Punch" Walker, Trent 3:54
Bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "Answering Machine Girl" (iTunes U.K. bonus track) Walker, Trent 3:34


  • Butch Walker - lead vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, piano, banjolin, mandolin, percussion
  • Fran Capitanelli - guitars, banjo, drums, backing vocals
  • Chris Unck - guitars, pedal steel, backing vocals
  • Jake Sinclair - bass guitar, piano, banjolin, backing vocals
  • Patrick Keeler - drums
  • Michael Trent - backing vocals
  • Cary Ann Hearst - backing vocals
  • Gavin Fitzjohn - baritone & tenor sax, trumpet
  • Dr. Steven Patt - accordion, dobro guitar
  • Adam Blake - album artwork & design


  1. ^ "The Spade by Butch Walker". Metacritic. 
  2. ^ a b The Spade at AllMusic
  3. ^ "Butch Walker and the Black Widows - The Spade". Slant Magazine. 
  4. ^ a b Evan Sawdey (6 October 2011). "Butch Walker & the Black Widows: The Spade". Pop Matters. 
  5. ^ Matthew McConaughey In Butch Walker's 'Synthesizers' Video As 'Dazed & Confused' Character The Huffington Post. Accessed January 22, 2012.
  6. ^ Andy Gill (16 December 2011). "Album: Butch Walker And The Black Widows, Butch Walker And The Black Widows (Lojinx)". The Independent. 
  7. ^ Billboard Artist Profile for Butch Walker Billboard. Accessed January 22, 2012.
  8. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on February 11, 2015. 

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