After some bad experiences with a few major labels and his own band, the Marvelous 3, Butch Walker decided to go solo with Left of Self-Centered, which he wrote and produced.

After some bad experiences with a few major labels and his own band, the Marvelous 3, Butch Walker decided to go solo with Left of Self-Centered, which he wrote and produced. Overall, the album is a cross-breed of metal and rock that pumps energy into the ears and melodic verses into the mind. The songs are an amalgam of Walker's life experiences, from falling in love with a sales clerk ("Alicia Amnesia") to living in conformist neighborhoods ("Suburbia") and losing a friend to disease ("If [Jeannie's Song]"). On "If," he sings, "And if I could be the chains/I'd fall from you/And let you fly like an angel/And if I could be the pain/I'd run away from you/So far away." Left of Self-Centered showcases an individual who isn't afraid to follow his own path. Some songs are sarcastic and witty, accented by fast-moving guitar and drum beats, while others provide softer vocal tonality and milder beats while maintaining quick tempos. Underneath all the humor and headbanging, Walker shows lyrical precision and sensitivity.—DP