Release Date: Sep 16, 2008
Record label: Atlantic
Genre(s): Rock, Alternative
Trends come and go, decades fly past, but the hardy power ballad will never die — at least not as long as Buckcherry have anything to say about it. The L.A. quintet, fresh off the radio ubiquity of ”Sorry” last year, prove themselves masters of the form yet again with such generically sentimental anthems as ”Dreams” and ”Don’t Go Away” on Black Butterfly.
Has any party band been less rock & roll fun than Buckcherry? Self-appointed saviors of sleaze, the L.A. scuzz rockers are disciples of the Sunset Strip circa 1987, singing songs of crazy bitches and cocaine, scored to secondhand Aerosmith ripoffs stripped of boogie so they're turned into lead-footed stomps. Rock & roll doesn't need to be complicated -- it's often better if it isn't -- but if it's going to be the soundtrack for a night of binge drinking at strip clubs, it damn well better make wallowing in filth sound irresistible, not drudging.