Review: Policy by Will Butler

Policy by Will ButlerMost of Will Butler’s career has been spent with Arcade Fire – yep, he’s Win’s brother, and he’s the guy who usually goes wild during their performances. And that manic quality presents itself in Policy, his solo debut. Despite the short length – it’s just over 27 minutes long – there’s a lot of depth in the songs, and an irresistible energy ties the disparate styles together. “Take My Side” begins the album with a bluesy, scowly ditty; it’s followed by the David Byrne-esque “Anna”, and then, by the sweeping ballad “Finish What I Started”. And it goes all over stylistically throughout the rest of the record, but there’s no whiplash. I get the feeling that Policy is a bit of a musical CV from Butler. Whatever the purpose is, it’s an interesting offshoot from one of the members of perhaps one of the most grandiose bands performing today. [NB] | 4/5


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