CD Review: Buckcherry / All Night Long
Reviewed by: Justin Bartz
Buckcherry is BACK! Well, they haven’t gone anywhere since they tour incessantly like madmen (Crue Fest, the US/Canadian leg of the KISS tour, Kerrang’s Week Of Rock Tour, etc.), but they’re back with their newest album All Night Long, set to be released on August 3rd.
Buckcherry is an interesting band to me. They were formed 15 years ago and had some level of success before disbanding in 2002, but they had their biggest success in 2006 when “Crazy Bitch” came out. I’ve always been a Buckcherry fan (even of Josh Todd’s solo CD), but I hate that they’re now the “Crazy Bitch band.” Hey, as long as people show up to the shows and they make money doing what they love to do, more power to them, but they’re much, much better than just that one song.
Their last album Black Butterfly didn’t sell as much as their previous 15 did, so I had high hopes that All Night Long would exceed those expectations; so far after the first few spins, I’ve felt somewhat let down. It’s a very consistent album from start to finish and they’re not deviating from the formula of what they do best, but nothing really stands out for me so far. Maybe that’s paradoxical thinking since the album that produced songs like “Crazy Bitch” is the reason I’m disappointed that they’re known for it instead of their extensive discography, but they’re in the business of selling records, no matter what it takes, and they will. This isn’t a bad album by any means, but I don’t see many people listening to it in another five years, which is how I differentiate OK albums from awesome albums. Then again, Josh Todd and Keith Nelson’s idols (AC/DC) have sold millions upon millions of albums doing the same thing, so I could be wrong.
I was underwhelmed by the album opener and first single, the title track “All Night Long”. Still a fun track in the lyrical vein of “Rock and Roll All Nite”, but you like to be blown away by the opening track, and so far I’m still here instead of being thrown into the next room from the audible ferocity of the first track.
“It’s A Party” is an improvement, starting out with a drum intro like “We Will Rock You”. The mid-tempo track then kicks in with a guitar riff reminding me of a modern version of “Welcome To The Jungle”, definitely not a bad thing, but still fairly obvious. Track 4, “Oh My Lord”, is the most AC/DC-sounding track on the album, something like “Rock ‘N Roll Train” off of Black Ice. This leads into what’s probably my favorite track after the first few spins, “Recovery” – a harder-rocking, fast-paced song written about the haters and doubters of the band, THIS is what I like Buckcherry to sound like.
The other track I really dig is the album’s closer “Dead”, which would have been a great opener for the album. The best part of a concert is the encore, so if this album was a show, it ended pretty good. Still, it’s an average rock album for me. It’s very solid, but with all the other rock releases out now, it doesn’t stand out very much for me. I’m sure seeing them live will change that, so I’ll hold my final verdict until then.
All Night Long is the party version of crashing by 11 PM instead of staying out all night, so I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars – for now.