Buckcherry - 2008 - Black Butterfly
2008 marked the release year of the long-awaited "Black Butterfly".
1. Rescue Me
2. Tired Of You
3. Too Drunk To Fuck
5. Talk To Me
6. A Child Called "It"
7. Don't Go Away
10. All Of Me
11. Imminent Bail Out
Much in the style of all recent trends, one track was leaked in album-like quality before the release date was known to the general audience.
"Too Drunk To Fuck" marked another typical Buckcherry title on their list, and this is what freaked me out at first. Would it be one album too much? Would they need to reinvent themselves to keep things interesting?
I'm not going to lie here, but it took me a hell of a lot of listening to start appreciating Black Butterfly by the standards it deserves.
As expected, opening track "Rescue Me" follows all previous Song 1 clichés: catchiest riff on the disc, most versatile vocals on the disc, but at the same time just a gateway to the bigger work.
Something new at last, or so I thought: "Tired Of You" sounds like a direct complaint toward an addicted friend, which is far away from what "Lit Up" stood for. However, the lyrical style just keeps on following Josh's Hollywood-storytelling style.
Shame on me for babbling on about lyrics and vocals throughout all their work, but this is just what keeps me listening extremely focussed to Buckcherry, this is no different on "Black Butterfly" either. Josh Todd knows his way around a vocal chord, and that's just a damn shame for his peers and, in a way, the rest of the band...
They keep on providing a solid background to his singing, with some great solos and riffing, but never outclass him. This is probably why many of the half-listening fans think Buckcherry is just missing something musically. To me it's just the perfect music vs. singer combo.
There's just one song on this disc that keeps bringing questions in my mind, being "A Child Called It". Dealing with motherly abuse (in Josh's past, in someone else's, who knows), but the song itself is just so up-beat and up-tempo that it keeps you wondering. I never quite got it, let me know if you do...
I have to be honest here again, but all the previous only really took shape in my head once I saw them open up Graspop Metal Meeting (2009). Half of the crowd leaving mid-show due to the hot weather or just misunderstanding what Buckcherry represents, a small pack was left to enjoy one of the best shows on the festival.
I was lucky enough to be one of those remaining, as it looks like Buckcherry doesn't keep Belgium high up in their To Do list, and enjoyed every single minute of it.
Catching myself red-handedly liking all the "Black Butterfly" songs I didn't really feel like checking out in the first place, this was just the step needed to get it up there with the rest of their stuff. Go check them live is what I advise you, you won't regret it...