Buckcherry – All Night Long
My favorite Sanford and Son shtick: Lamont: “You’re a dirty old man. You know that?” Fred: “And I’m gonna be one ’till I’m a dead old man.” It’s hilarious because we all have the dirty old man inside of us. Buckcherry know this and that’s the demographic they pursue. Their music is scientifically engineered to build an army of dirty old men to buy albums and tickets. It’s a calculation producing results for fifteen years and five albums.
All Night Long is their fifth album. Thank god this album has moved back to the sound that made them my secret sleazy pleasure, a sound more like Buckcherry and 15 and away from the yawn that was Black Butterfly. As soon as Buckcherry take themselves too seriously, it’s time to move away from the crime scene. Fortunately, All Night Night is full of sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, and more cowbell. That’s all I need from these guys.
The first song, “All Night Long”, sets the tone for the rest of the album, which is a return to 15-style tunes. It’s a great groove for them and they do it better than anyone else. There’s no reason for them to change the formula. I’m pleased the whole record is full of songs you cannot play loud enough. “It’s a Party” will become a trailer park block party mainstay. “These Things” slows down a little bit, but the great guitar work from Keith Nelson makes it one of the coolest tracks.
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of having a vocalist that can actually sing. And not just sing, but sing a variety of song styles. This is Josh Todd. He really is the sound of Buckcherry, with respect due to the other members. Todd’s distinct voice goes easily from sliding guitar-backed retro-funk like “Liberty” to straight-up preachy rock “Our World” to the fraternity kitchen philosophical sappiness of “Bliss”.
Now there is a bonus disc for All Night Long, consisting of six ballads. I think the bonus disc will be released through Best Buy, and I can verify the songs are all solid, but they are not my favorite side of Buckcherry. They do ballads well, as do a lot of bands. Buckcherry, to me, are meant for obnoxious parties your neighbors hate. But they like playing the ballads and there is a radio audience for that. Personally, I’ll stick with the first disc of All Night Long.
We all know you like Buckcherry, even if you won’t admit it. I’ve seen it time and time again. People say how offended they are by “Crazy Bitch” while tapping their feet to its addictive beat. All Night Long is crammed full of funky, fun, ass-kickery meant to be be played loud and proud. Try this at home: play All Night Long too loud, invite over people you barely know, drink beer from cans, and talk to girls with lower back tats. Come back here and tell me how much your dirty old man hated that.