JAM Magazine CD Review

March , 2013
Review by Vinny Cecolini

Buckcherry

"Confessions"

Label: Century Media

During their nearly 15-year career, Buckcherry have scored both hit singles and hit albums, but time remains their enemy. Not that the band are in a race against the clock, but had they released Confessions during the mid-to-late '80s, they would have been HUGE. The band would have become sensations that rivalled Guns 'N' Roses, Def Leppard and Poison for music magazine covers, music television appearances, radio airplay and chart domination.

Yes, Confessions is that good. Not only is it a major improvement over 2010's lacklustre All Night Long, it's also Buckcherry's most consistent and thoroughly satisfying effort. A mix of straightforward hard rock, groovy sleaze rock and power ballads, even though the disc contain enough salty language to warrant its "explicit content" sticker, it might disappoint those hoping for a dozen retreads of the band's 2006 improbable hit "Crazy Bitch."

With songs titles such as "Wrath," "Greed," "Pride," "Lust," "Gluttony" and "Envy," it is easy to assume Confessions is a "seven deadly sins" concept record. As the title suggests, however, it's a collection of honest, revealing, unapologetically raw songs that create one of the moving hard rock disks in some time. "Pride," which sounds tailor made for P.i.L.'s John Lydon's foray into Sunset Strip rock, reeks of self-determination; the catchy "Envy" is about coveting another man's girlfriend; and the power ballad "Sloth," about a son bearing his emotional scars to his deceased father, just might become the darkest hit since Terry Jack's "Seasons in the Sun."

This recording by Buckcherry reminds all of us what has always been appealing about this band. They do not subscribe to trends, bend to corporate pressure, or abandon the music they enjoy creating just to make a quick buck. Confessions is a record that demands to be heard and enjoyed.