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Buckcherry - 2015 Rock N Roll

ARTIST: Buckcherry
ALBUM: Rock N Roll
LABEL: F Bomb Records
SERIAL: 1790023489
YEAR: 2015


LINEUP: Josh Todd - vocals * Keith Nelson - guitars * Stevie D - guitars * Xavier Muriel - drums * Kelly Lemieux - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 Bring It On Back * 02 Tight Pants * 03 Wish To Carry On * 04 The Feeling Never Dies * 05 Cradle * 06 The Madness * 07 Wood * 08 Rain's Falling * 09 Sex Appeal * 10 Get With It



Well usually I would wait until the end of year sweep up to applaud the latest Buckcherry release (the name, influenced by Chuck Berry, rather than Halle Berry!), both their last two outings, 'Confessions' and 'All Night Long' appeared in my 2013 and 2010 choices. So why the early surprise? Because regrettably for once I am not totally convinced this will be making an appearance. Problem being and this is much for the band itself, rather than the listener, is when you release arguably the greatest album of your career, and in reality it gets no real recognition, then it will be a bit frustrating and sole destroying. Of course, this was with 'Confessions', part concept in nature, they reached new heights, and all you had from those tired old hacks, was 'well not as good as the debut', well while the song reserves are not overflowing, you have only yourself to blame, because this time, they have taken a step back, a more basic approach, less complicated for sure, and one might say a more natural feel, and the results are mixed.

The Songs
Yes, we still have the X-rated fun and games tunes, like 'Tight Pants' (which has a different kind of brass!) and 'Wood', and boy don't get the censored version like I mistakenly did, because it loses something in translation. Although 'Sex Appeal' surprisingly is more innocent than one would expect. Good and fun as these three are, it's the more melodic songs I have always had a fondness for and fear not they still can be found here, like the excellent 'Bring It On Back' and 'Wish To Carry On', which both are to me instant classics and carry the strain of Buckcherry that I have always found to be highly infectious, more powerful than the virus from The Walking Dead. Josh Todd just seems to be able to lyrically manipulate certain phrases and words, like 'problem', with a sneer more vicious than anything pulled by Billy Idol. Even the ballads are cruel, desperate, real and never fluffy, not going to appear at many weddings, but they always have a ring of excellence surrounding them, here we have 'The Feeling Never Dies', showing that you only need to include one or two. Tell that to Aerosmith and Bon Jovi, when was the last time they had a ballad that meant something, maybe back to the likes of 'Always', and 'This Ain't A Love Song'? As always, Buckcherry albums start to grow on me, and just from the early seeds of 'Bring It On Back', you start to appreciate 'Cradle' which rips along with bad feeling, again lots of 'problems' and you can't escape 'The Madness'. So the album is starting to bear more fruit, with five out of the first seven engraining themselves on my skin, although I wouldn't go as far as getting a tattoo, no guts you see, but take a look at Josh, that's what you call a tattoo. Slight change with 'Rain's Falling', like something you would find on a Joe Bonamassa album.

In Summary
Thinking about it, much like the Kiss scenario, if Aerosmith what to carry on the legacy after they retire, then Steven Tyler and Joe Perry could well be replaced by Josh Todd and Keith Nelson, the change would be seamless. With only 36 minutes long, it doesn't seem that much, but bear in mind, the ball is only in play on average 44 minutes of a 80 minute rugby match, is this relevant? Probably not, but least I am topical! So will it be making my final top ten? Well the gates haven't slammed shut just yet, I would give them an outside chance rather than their previous output which were all nailed on certainties. In some ways maybe a better assessment is that you could class this as a short story compared to an epic novel. Good in anyone else's eyes, but like the mini album 'F' released in 2014, it can be seen as going back to basics. Maybe by pressing the reset button, they can start again, rather than just turning it off and on again because the situation is not terminal (I'm sure George will verify that being an IT specialist, is much more than giving out that piece of advice to users!), just in need of a refresh. Yes I am a tad disappointed, but the more I play it, it starts to tick more boxes, just not all of them.

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