Buckcherry - 2010 - All Night Long
1. All Night Long
2. It's A Party
3. These Things
4. Oh My Lord
6. Never Say Never
7. I Want You
9. Our World
Bonus: Reckless Sons Accoustic EP:
12. These Things
13. Fire Off Your Guns
14. Black Butterfly
15. King Of Kings
16. My Friend
Long overdue, but I finally got around to digging in Buckcherry's latest spawn, All Night Long.
As usual, Buckcherry follows down the line they drew with their first album, and there's no big surprises to be found on this full length.
The title track, as well as "It's A Part" are full-on festival songs, to be viewed under a blistering sun, beer in hand. They get you shaking no matter what, carrying on the groove they trademarked with "Crazy Bitch" on the 15 record.
Also as usual, they slow down on "These Things" and put some melody over their regular groove, with a bigger focus on lead guitars and vocal melodies. Nothing new once more, but if the formula fits, why change it, right?
My first reaction when hearing "Oh My Lord", and especially the chorus, was: holy crap, this sounds a lot like "All Night Long". Luckily, after a few more turns, this one actually proves to be a great rocker. Floating mainly on the rhythm grooves and a repetitive guitar riff, this is possibly the most 'mature' track on the album. The more I hear it, the better it gets.
"Recovery" proves that there has been a chance in Buckcherry. They have sort of grown into a bigger band, and this song sounds like a headliner song to me. Given the right amount of luck and another good release, they might get a little bigger over here, which is just what we need. No matter how great they are in the afternoon, they would be even better later at night...
The general positive marks on All Night Long are, much like the previous releases, the lyrics and vocals of Josh Todd (still an awesome frontman and storyteller), the grooves that are omnipresent and the combination of both that is currently untopped by any other band.
From the Aerosmith-like intro of "Liberty" and the chilling lyrics on "Bliss" across the solid rockers in the beginning of the album, there's no "Crazy Bitch" or "Sorry" on this album, which is perhaps why they refuse to get better known to the general music lover, but this is a release that is far above the grey mass of mediocre bands. A few more hits of the quality of aforementioned songs, and they'll make it in my opinion.
As an added value to the album, there's six more accoustic tracks included on the Reckless Sons EP. Three accoustic versions of existing songs and three unpublished ones make up for a great extra. They wouldn't work on stage, but are pretty cool as listening songs.
My advice to you, as a long-time Buckcherry fan, is to give this album more than one go, and give it time to sink in. It might just convince you of their greatness and to go see them live, even if it's just in a support slot of 30-some minutes. To me, they're worth much more than that...
Last Updated (Monday, 27 December 2010 20:05)