Album Review: Butch Walker- Afraid of Ghosts (Score: 7/10)

LJX090_800Like an intimate therapy session, Afraid of Ghosts plumbs Walker’s most intense emotions on this exquisitely crafted confessional, exploring loss, acceptance and rose-tinted nostalgia. Much like a pricey coffee table book, it is glossy, heavy and edging upon pretentious. Nevertheless, it is a superbly realized work of art you’ll deeply appreciate before anxiously moving on. Guests Johnny Depp and Bob Mould imbue a modicum of novelty, making this an intriguing collector’s item for the discriminating tune hound who values the bitter as much as the sweet. – Andy Kaufmann