Buckcherry "Confessions" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars
Fri, 15 Feb 2013 12:51:04
The church of 21st century rock 'n' roll gets its new Bible with Buckcherry's utterly divine Confessions.
Out February 19, the album stands out as the Los Angeles quintet's brightest and best effort to date. Instead of simply treading the same old ground, the rockers provide their very own take on the "Seven Deadly Sins". However, it's told through the dirty, gutter grit of the Sunset Strip replete with all the sex, grime, and excess of any compelling rock narrative—and not Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman chasing Kevin Spacey. Confessions may very well be remembered as L.A.'s own Tommy.
In addition to exploring deeper, darker territory, the collection boasts some of their biggest hooks yet. That says a lot coming from the band who brought us "Lit Up" and "Crazy Bitch". "Gluttony" rages with insatiable energy and an irresistible refrain from vocalist Josh Todd. Meanwhile, "Wrath" busts teeth with bombastic, epic riffage from Keith Nelson and Stevie D. The big rhythmic shake from bassist Jimmy "Two Fingers" Ashhurst and drummer Xavier Muriel adds considerable heft to the transfixing ballad "The Truth".
Todd's lyrics and delivery on "Sloth" prove undeniably heartbreaking as he ruminates on suicide with a vivid, cinematic picture. At the same time, "Seven Ways to Die", is one of their most rambunctious rockers ever, and it's got enough swing to make asses shake and ignite pits. Two more standouts "Lust" and "Pride" illuminate new dynamics for the group and reflective musings on the titular sins.
Everything climaxes on the uplifting "Dreamin' of You", an a propos and intensely beautiful closer to this journey. Ultimately, Buckcherry have reached another level with Confessions. It's a landmark for them and one of the year's best rock albums.
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