Stuart Warwick, who first started creating music under the alias Jacob’s Stories back in 2003, returns in 2013 with ‘The Butcher’s Voice’.
The second album to be released under his married name, ‘The Butcher’s Voice’ is a collection of eleven lyrically provocative and spellbinding songs, perfectly showcasing the haunting purity of Warwick’s voice, hushed musical delivery, and his dark tongue-in-cheek humour. It’s a talent that has gained the attention and respect of Marc Almond and Bat for Lashes, amongst others.
Frequently compared to Rufus Wainwright and Thom Yorke (much to his chagrin), a more accurate comparison would be to Perfume Genius; indeed it could be stated that much of the tone and feeling heard on Mike Hadreas’ recent review busting album was lifted straight from Warwick’s solo debut ‘The Ordeal’- an album of fractured minimal piano and delicate ethereal singing, which Warwick self-released in 2010.
‘The Butcher’s Voice’ is perhaps the flip side to that coin; where ‘The Ordeal’ shied away from grandeur, ‘The Butcher’s Voice’ embraces it with both arms wide open. Here is an album both brash and ambitious; full of dry and sinister humour, an album that sonically relishes the full potential of every composition.
Lyrically, there is a reoccurring theme of gender identity punctuating almost every track on ‘The Butcher’s Voice’ - in this respect it could almost be described as a concept album. Fitting then that female-to-male transsexual porn star Buck Angel should feature on the albums cover; to the casual eye, the antithesis of a hyper masculine male - muscle-bound, shaved head, moustached, tattooed - but, as those aware of his work will know, Buck subverts such simplistic notions of gender identity.
Densely layered and rich, playful and dark, ‘The Butcher’s Voice’ is a collection of 11 elegant compositions; a heady mix of bittersweet lost-love songs and Warwick’s darkly comic, twisted and lewd lyrical wit.
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