Buckcherry the kings of the hard rock party have returned with Confessions. It has a loose theme of the 7 deadly sins plus a couple others the band discovered while on tour.
This album is full of what you expect from the band with a couple of surprises. It all kicks off with “Gluttony” arguably the best named song title ever. Especially on a track that is about drinking, eating, smoking, and fucking too much. What’s not to like about that? Title aside it is a very rocking track and the essence of what Buckcherry is.
Then we hit the problem that I have always found with Buckcherry. One awesome song and a bunch of “alright” tracks. “Wrath” is a decent song but the tough lyrics doesn’t seem to work. I don’t know if it is Joshua Todd’s delivery or what. Same with “Seven Ways To Die”, just seems very formulaic. Granted, they’re not all duds, “Air” has a nice surf-ish guitar sound and it’s nicely coupled with refreshingly restrained vocals. “Sloth” is a great slow rocker with an Aerosmith vibe. “Pride” and “Envy” and “Lust” are all nice tracks but they all seem like the same song.
Some of the most enjoyable songs on Confessions are the slower ones. “The Truth” is an updated power ballad but it works real well plus Todd sings slower and cleaner and it really stands out. The album closes out with “Dreamin’ of You” an real nice acoustic ballad that is able to dodge the cliche with Todd’s unique voice.
People that like Buckcherry are going to like Confessions. They may even love it. My big problem is that this is 2 or 3 songs too many and the song order is horrendous. If they would have switched a couple of the songs from the front of the album with ones on the back it would have been great. However, in this day and age of iTunes and MP3 that may be only a problem for those that listen all the way through.
Final rating, I’d be happy paying…
$14.99-Regularly Priced CD
$9.99-Download from iTunes or Amazon
$5.00-wait for Amazon to have it on sale
$1.00-finding at a flea market, car wash, or pawn shop
$0-Not worth the drive space
Normally I post a video from the album here. But for some reason the video for “Gluttony” is not available for USA.
Also, the lyric video for “ 7 deadly” has the embedding disabled.
That almost makes me want to change my review.