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Try as he might, Richard Butler will always be remembered for his time in the Psychedelic Furs. While his time with a newer project (Love Spit Love) did provide one decent album, he’s probably never played one concert without someone yelling out for "Pretty in Pink.” These days he seems more at peace with that — the Furs are been playing live again and he has just released his first solo album. It is almost impossible to describe Richard Butler without mentioning the dreaded "m-word”: mature. It is unlikely that anyone would have expected an early-sounding Psychedelic Furs album at this point in his career, but this record will still come as a bit of a shock to most listeners. It’s quiet, sad and even Butler’s trademark rasp sounds a lot less harsh. Much of its contemplative tone comes from personal issues in both Butler’s and his collaborator Jon Carin’s lives. Butler’s marriage broke up and the album is dedicated to both of their fathers who died during the past few years, so there is a quieter, meditative feel to most songs. All the music is provided by Carin, who gives it a swirling, electronic sheen that might be the record’s most memorable feature. There’s nothing really wrong with Butler’s first solo record — it is a pleasant enough listen, but it just isn’t the most memorable record he’s ever been involved with. (Koch)