ALL NIGHT LONG
Released August 3, 2010 (Eleven Seven Music)
CD Track List:
01. All Night Long
02. It’s A Party
03. These Things
04. Oh My Lord
06. Never Say Never
07. I Want You
09. Our World
Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks:
12. These Things (acoustic)
13. Fire Off Your Guns (acoustic)
14. Black Butterfly (acoustic)
15. King Of Kings (acoustic)
16. My Friend (acoustic)
17. Grace (acoustic)
18. Sorry (acoustic)
Josh Todd – lead vocals
Keith Nelson – lead guitar and backing vocals
Stevie D. – rhythm guitar and backing vocals
Jimmy ‘Two Fingers’ Ashhurst – bass
Xavier Muriel – drums
Produced by Marti Frederiksen and Keith Nelson.
Buckcherry are back with their follow-up to 2008’s disappointing Black Butterfly. The new album is entitled All Night Long and it is a return to the fun lovin’, hard rockin’, explosive music that we’ve come to expect from Buckcherry. All Night Long is the album that should have followed 15 — Black Butterfly was too contemporary sounding, too somber, and might have alienated some of their core fans. Granted, that album enabled them to secure slots on tours like KISS‘ ‘Sonic Boom Tour’, but it wouldn’t be an embellishment to say that the only listenable tracks were “Too Drunk…” and “Rescue Me.” Oddly enough, “Too Drunk…” was subsequently replaced on the second pressing by a brilliant cover of Deep Purple‘s “Highway Star.”
Moving on to the new album All Night Long, while there are very few explosive moments like we heard on the band’s first two efforts, this CD is good. It’s melodic, heavy at times, aggressive, groove and riff driven no frills rock ‘n’ roll. There’s a sense of urgency and excitement which we didn’t hear on the predecessor — this is a big plus in my opinion.
There are many excellent moments on All Night Long — the title track is a great fun song with a catchy chorus and great riff, and is sure to find its rightful place in the Buckcherry live arsenal for years to come. “Recovery” and “Dead” are a throwback to the classic Buckcherry sound we heard on the debut and Time Bomb albums. “Liberty” is the hidden jewel on the album — it is to All Night Long what “Brooklyn” was to 15, it’s just fantastic.
I found “I Want You” to be a sub-par ballad that simply disrupted the momentum that had been established by the preceding six tracks while “Our World” is so far removed from what this band is about that it’s ridiculous. In a press release Josh Todd said; “As musicians who have the benefit of the spotlight from time to time, we feel it is our duty to aid in raising awareness and financial support to help remedy the awful situation in the Gulf Of Mexico. It is so important that each and every one of us do what we can to help those out whose lives have been harshly impacted by the oil spill.” I understand the concern, but play a benefit show or two — Buckcherry is no more U2 than Motley Crue or Guns N’ Roses are. Meanwhile “Bliss” is a track that seems to have just forced its way into the final sequencing of the album in an effort to have a pretty, yet very forgettable, song to get on radio.
In short, All Night Long is a much better album that I was anticipating from Buckcherry. I was sure that the misstep called Black Butterfly would have derailed this great rock ‘n’ roll band — thankfully it didn’t.
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Reviewed by Ruben Mosqueda for Sleaze Roxx, July 2010