Sometimes records give glimpses into something really
special, something so awe-inspiring that it’s
impossible to remove the music from steady rotation
in your car’s CD player.
Sometimes you hear a record and it just makes your
ears say to your brain, “Damn, this sh** is
incredible. I’ve found the next best thing
to, um, whatever it is the best thing in the world
Sometimes listening to a new record is like that.
Sadly, listening to Australia native Butterfly Boucher’s
debut A&M release, Flutterby, isn’t one
of those etherial, mind-blowing experiences. Don’t
misread this, though—Flutterby isn’t
so awful as to beg comparisons to Avril Lavigne,
but the album falters where it very easily could
See, Boucher is actually a very talented musician.
Since she was a teenager, she’s played music
in several bands in her native country, most of the
time with her siblings at her side. She arranges,
records and plays almost every note on the album.
Boucher isn’t big on studio musicians—she’s
a do-it-herself type of songwriter.
In a pop musical world so content with hit-producing,
big-shot executives manipulating every aspect of
a song in order to make it appealing to the masses
(and thus make a few more bucks), it’s always
refreshing to see songwriters taking a stand against
the status -quo.
That being said, Boucher’s musical skills don’t
show as clearly as they could have on Flutterby.
The album’s lyrical content is reasonably mature.
Boucher sets herself apart from the MTV female singer-songwriter
brigade by writing songs about surrendering fears,
packing up and leaving, loss and isolation. Much
of the content seems to be directly influenced by
Boucher’s almost gypsy-like adolescence, traversing
the expanses of Australia with her various musical
Boucher’s music is guitar- and piano-driven—like
on the underdeveloped “Never Leave your Heart
Alone”—with the expected riffs and breakdowns.
Nothing too new, nothing too innovative. The sounds
on the album feel like they ought to be on the soundtrack
to any number of teenage sitcoms (read: “The
OC”) so more pop fans could get their hands
The album’s best tracks are the single “Another
White Dash”— which recently got attention
on MTV’s (tongue in cheek) “Advance Warning” program
and is receiving some rotation on MTV2—the
eloquent “A Beautiful Book” and the airy
album finale “Drift On.”