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CD Buckcherry Confessions review 2013








There was a time just before the start of the 2000’s that Buckcherry seemed to be the great white hope that would lead a return to the sleazy excess of the late eighties. Their debut album was the closest we’d had to capturing the excitement of Gunner’s ‘Appetite for Destruction’ for years and we had the huge single ‘Lit Up’ – but somehow it never came to pass. Follow up ‘Timebomb’ really was just solid, and the fire seemed to have gone out. Then came the departures from the band, and by 2002 it looked all over. After a break till 2005 to pursue various other projects the band returned in 2006 and immediately got the dream re-start most never do: a bona-fide second chance with the huge crossover hit ‘Crazy Bitch’, it looked like Buckcherry had a shot at fame again. And from there it never stopped: big tours and two Top 10 US albums in ‘Black Butterfly’ and ‘All Night Long’, though somehow it wasn’t quite like it was in 1999.


14 years after their debut comes Confessions and you not only wonder where the time has gone, but also if a band like Buckcherry can take that step up into the big leagues. With the album taking as its main subject matter the seven deadly, lyrically I’m not quite sure you could call it a concept album with the other songs tagged on, but it seems to give the songs added spice, and Josh Todd’s narrative is convincing.


First single from ‘Confessions’ – ‘Gluttony’ is a great song, but it doesn’t quite have the immediacy either of their big two hits. ‘Wrath’, which follows s probably an even better song:  brooding, ticking over with barely contained malevolence, it’s built on a great riff and sees Todd shine on vocals. ‘Nothing Left But Tears’ is another that seems to have an underlying power, a great rock song that takes you back to the sort of songs that were on the debut. It’s with these first three under the belt that you begin to think that this could be ‘the’ album.


The slow number is usually the proof and ‘The Truth’ kind of harkens back to the big slow number from the debut ‘For the Movies’. Elsewhere on an album packed with fine tunes there are a few that really stand out, but the real deal here is that this album is all class!


‘Greed’ has a swagger and swing driven by bass and is as close to the sound of bands like ‘Wolfmother’; but it is the energy of songs like ‘Water’ that really stick in your head, it’s a great supercharged rocker that you can imagine belting out of the speakers in a dirty little club. Then it’s time to open the flood-fates: ‘Seven Ways To Die’ ups the funk which goes well with the raw sex of ‘Lust’ which takes that vibe and adds the sex: both rate very highly at The Rockpit.   


Elsewhere ‘Air’ is classic hard-rocking Buckcherry; ‘Sloth’ brings the blues and a piano as well as the best squeezed out of Todd’s voice, while slowing the tempo while keeping the blues flame alight. Then there’s ‘Pride’ which adds some nice slide guitar and a semi-spoken vocal.


Two of the best close the album: ‘Envy’ is the sound that makes Buckcherry what they are: dirty, sleazy and so much fun, while the slow closer ‘Dreamin’ of you’ is a beautifully arranged number featuring acoustics and laid over with strings.


Make no mistake this is the best Buckcherry in years and certainly their most complete album since that debut. I’m sure the guys would be happy to confess any sins undertaken in the making of this record. I’ll be a happy man if I hear better than this in 2013.



Mark Diggins