Buckcherry - 1999 - Buckcherry
Kicking off with "Lit Up", this is a first album that's hard to be matched.
1. Lit Up
3. Dead Again
4. Check Your Head
5. Dirty Mind
6. For The Movies
7. Lawless And Lulu
10 .Get Back
12. Drink The Water
I got to know Buckcherry without expecting an 80s clone band, seen as they only got started almost two decades later, and that's just what I got:
originality, modern sounds, more evolved music and oh so many different influences mixed into a sort of hybrid bluesy glam rock n' roll.
It's safe to say I was hooked from second one. The entire cd is packed with mid-tempo rockers that stick to you like glue.
Buckcherry doesn't rush things, but doesn't leave you a single second to breathe either.
Rather than building a wall of sound with their two-guitar-driven sound, they explore interaction rather than double axe power.
Next up on the list of adoration points, is Josh Todd's vocals and lyrics.
He possesses a vocal style that I rarely heard before. Constantly on the verge of forcing his voice, he maintains a perfect balance between clean singing and gritty screams, giving the band a unique character.
Lyrically, I can only quote the late great Hanoi Rocks: pure street poetry.
Often sounding child-like in wording, the deeper message is reaching the surface so sneakily that it's like magic.
"Check Your Head" is a perfect example of that, sounding like a description of a typical fucked-up youth situation in America at first.
In between, though, he's placing his own feelings about it and his thoughts on how to move on, and it works like a charm, cheesy as it may sound.
The entire disc keeps you listening to what's coming next, and just leaves you with the feeling you get while watching old Americana movies.
If you're into more than the cliché glam/sleaze, check this debut album out. It takes some getting used to, but in my opinion it's well worth your time.