Buckcherry
Fifteen


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dave de Sylvia STAFF
August 2nd, 2006 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


If Josh Todd gets any more tattoos, he might begin to resemble an amphibian or an apple tree or something else with long green arms, but for now he's enjoying an unlikely return to the pop charts with hard rockers Buckcherry.

“That's the best thing about America, you can get a second chance… and I'm very grateful for it."

Josh is referring to Buckcherry's second lease of life, having split in 2002 under the strain of their label's implosion and the underperformance of sophomore release Time Bomb. After an unsuccessful attempt at a solo career, Todd and [guitarist] Keith Nelson reformed Buckcherry in early 2005 with an entirely new rhythm section, which included ex-Ju Ju Hound Jimmy Ashurst on bass, and recorded the album Fifteen soon thereafter.

“We went into the studio and vowed not to come out until we had a successful, ass-kicking, career-defining album," says Josh. But as recently as this time last year the group couldn't pay a US label to take on the album. In the end, it was demand for imports of the Japanese release that convinced Atlantic Records to re-sign the band. Since then, Fifteen had sold in excess of 300,000 copies, mainly on the strength of the hit single ‘Crazy Bitch'.

At the time of going to to press, ‘Crazy Bitch' has been climbing the charts for almost three months, this week peaking at an impressive #59 on the Billboard Top 100. The randy refrain of “you're a crazy bitch, but you fuck so good I'm on top of it" is paradoxically offensive, awkwardly written and perfect radio material, a feat the band achieved in 1999 with the cocaine-fuelled ‘Lit Up'. Luckily for Buckcherry, embarrassingly sleazy works as well as it did seven years ago- that is, quite well but oddly enough only for them.

Essentially, Fifteen contains all the same elements as Buckcherry and Time Bomb, however it's apparent from the outset that the “new" band plays with a swagger and self-confidence not always apparent on those records. Nelson and Todd were never short of meaty riffs or catchy power-pop melodies, but the bland, plodding backing often sucked the all-important energy from the tracks. Not so anymore: drummer Xavier Muriel is just as comfortable with latin rhythms as hard rock, and bassist Jimmy Ashurst's work with rhythm guitar god Izzy Stradlin speaks for itself.

Josh Todd , never lacking in confidence, is also on fine form here. Opening with the line [from ‘So Far'] “I'll tell you how the story's told…" and hanging with the repetitious chorus “I didn't do it for money/I did it all for free/I did it all to fill the fucking hole inside of me", he clearly has something more important than “I love the cocaine" to say, and with increased lyrical maturity comes a sweeter sense of melody, as heard on the touching “Slower" songs ‘Carousel' and ‘Sorry'.

Keith, too, places a greater emphasis on melody, de-cranking his amp for much of the album and embracing the blues-y Rich Robinson-inspired vibe only hinted at on earlier releases, especially on ‘Brooklyn'- a ‘Bad Boy Boogie'-goes-slide blues affair that abley demonstrates his newfound tasteful style. On the other hand, rockers ‘Crazy Bitch,' ‘So Far' and ‘Onset' feature some of the most impressive lead playing he's produced in recent years.

Key tracks are hard to pick out- for the first time Buckcherry have managed to produce a consistent album. Featuring only eleven tracks, the band took no chances with filler, and there's easily half a dozen potential singles on display. ‘Crazy Bitch' is worth a listen for the lyrical content alone, however the Slash-like noodling provides a perfect counterpoint to Todd's relatively straight vocal. ‘So Far' and second single ‘Next 2 You' show Josh at his raspy, Axl-y best, while ‘Carousel' is so sweet it's hard to imagine that it's the same guy who's spent the last ten minutes screaming “f[size=2]uck[./size] so loud it could resurrect Ronald Reagan.

Those hoping they'd seen the last of Buckcherry may cringe when they hear the shockingly shallow single, but those of us who saw in Buckcherry the potential to produce a great rock album in the Appetite For Destruction vein can take great heart in the latest effort from Buckcherry. Fifteen isn't a perfect album, but it's a welcome addition to the rock charts at a time when the genre is becoming ever more streamlined.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Volunteer
August 2nd 2006


102 Comments


Lately each time I go out to the bar there is ALWAYS some middle-aged-grungey-looking-nobody slamming a dollar into the electric juke box drunkily slurring out "this song remind me of this chick I used to do" and playing "Crazy Bitch" three times in a row. On the other hand, nice to see Buckcherry making another album. LOL.

barosjn
August 2nd 2006


501 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a good disc. The only low points on it I could find are the cheesy soft songs that are "Everything", "Carousel", and "Sorry". Out of those three though, I only really dislike the last one. "Crazy Bitch" was a strange choice for a first single because it was the album's least radio-friendly song, yet somehow it worked and has become a big strip club anthem. Other than that song, I find "So Far", "Next 2 You", "Brooklyn", and "Broken Glass" to be big highlights as well.

El_Goodo
August 2nd 2006


1013 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I saw this cd in the listening area at hmv, there was a sticker on it that said "Coming on like the Black Crowes through way of AC/DC" sounded promising so I had a listen. The first track I thought was pretty good, so was the next one, and once I heard Carousel I bought the album. Sure that songs a little cheesy, but it's catchy as hell.



Crazy Bitch is the only track I think is close to awful.

stinkypoptart
September 21st 2006


1169 Comments


i am reminded of chuck bnerry by this bands name.

pinelake26
October 24th 2006


123 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

not bad not bad, but how many "cherry"

bands are there again

mands
January 13th 2007


19 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Onset is the best song on the album.



tribestros
June 14th 2007


918 Comments


It's a good album.

raisethyfist
June 14th 2007


53 Comments


lame...Crazy Bitch is a fun listen but these guys really suck...

scarsremain
December 11th 2007


233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i requested crazy bitch at a church dance, and they didn't play it. I wonder why?This Message Edited On 12.11.07

scarsremain
December 11th 2007


233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hey stinkypoptart, the band name is a reference to a drag queen, named Buck Cherry

HorrorBusiness78
March 9th 2008


112 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This album sucks.

tapitforever
September 24th 2008


1243 Comments


This band sucks.

Pastor of Muppets
December 16th 2008


237 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Vomit-rock should be a genre.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
May 6th 2010


30889 Comments


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buckcherry just got cooler

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
May 6th 2010


30889 Comments


also cool review, wish i could pos

footballtrivia
September 22nd 2014


308 Comments


I like "Crazy Bitch" but nothing else really grabbed my attention.

Tunaboy45
March 18th 2017


16039 Comments


:-(

Tunaboy45
January 1st 2018


16039 Comments


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