Rock band Buckcherry's new album, "Confessions," was released Feb. 19. Unfortunately, it is anything but special.
Buckcherry has been around since the late 1990s. They formed in California after lead singer Josh Todd met Keith Nelson through a mutual tattoo artist. After the duo recorded multiple demos they recruited the rest of the band. After a short time they started recording their first self-titled album which brought them into the spotlight. Since they originated in California, they have a traditional West Coast rock sound.
The band consists of Todd on lead vocals and piano, Nelson on lead and rhythm guitar, Stevie D. on rhythm and guitar, Jimmy "Two Fingers" Ashhurst on the bass guitar and Xavier Muriel on drums.
The band has a sound similar to bands such as Theory of a Dead Man, Puddle of Mud and Velvet Revolver. Buckcherry has released five previous albums that include hit singles such as "Ridin'," "Everything" and "Dead."
Their newest album is based around the seven deadly sins with tracks such as, "Gluttony," "Greed," "Sloth," "Envy" and "Pride," with many of the songs' lyrics reflecting their titles. This a very interesting way to do a album lineup because it can be difficult to pull off and keep the variety of lyrics necessary for each track.
Based on previous albums, their sound has been purely a hard rock sound and they have stuck true to this sound throughout their entire career. "Confessions" is no different, and that could be its problem.
As a band progresses it is expected in most cases that their sound will mature and progress as the band ages, allowing for more variety and depth to their music. However in this album it is the same style of music that it has been in the past few albums. There is a little more musicality, especially in the variety of tracks placed on the album, for example the track "Nothing Left But Tears" is a more melodic rock song which is a nice reprieve for the ears from the hard rock sound. But overall their sound is basically the same, just with better sound mixing, so it leaves the listener something to be desired.
The lyrics bring some other problems to light. Even though the lyrics match each track name when it comes to the seven deadly sins, the lyrics are very shallow, simple and overall very distasteful. The lyrics lacked a deeper meaning and instead catered superficially to the track name. It seems the band is only aspiring to to be a hard rock stereotype.
"Confessions" isn't an atypical rock album that's looking to break the mold of the typical rock band. While the band has stuck to its original sound for more than 10 years, perhaps it's time to stray away from what's comfortable and explore other ways to make their music stand out.