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Black Butterfly

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An album by Buckcherry

Forever a band without a niche, L.A.'s Buckcherry has never existed in the right place at the right time. When their acclaimed first album was released, Backstreet Boys and N'Sync were coming into their prime and rap rock was the dominant style. But … see full wiki

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If I Wanted Black Crowes, I Would Buy Them

  • Sep 18, 2008

A few good bits of Southern Rock and Roll.


Some real crap on this disc for sure.

The Bottom Line:

A real mixed bag with a couple good songs thrown in.  Could have been a whole lot better.

The boys that wish they were The Black Crowes are at it again. This time they play on the success of their last album 15 with another miss mash of, I wonder which band will show up tonight. Even thought there is some good tunes on this album, Black Butterfly really should have been left in it's cocoon.

The band does start you off with a pair of very good bits of rock and roll. "Rescue Me" and "Tired Of You"get things off to a rousing start. Both are great examples of what Buckcherry can do when they put the pedal to the metal. If not for the fact that they are once again swimming in the Crowes pool, these songs would be some of their best work. Originality was never their strong point but then again, there is many bands that fall into this category. This would have been a really strong album if they could have maintained this type of southern rock for the whole thing.

They do throw in some other hard rockers but none hold up as well as the first pair. "Talk To Me" tries hard but doesn't cover any new ground. "A Child Called "It" almost sounds like an attempt at punk rock. Then they crawl back into the Black Crowes pool once more with"Fallout" and "Imminent Bail Out". Both songs are very good rockers but the sound is one that once again could have come from that other band. Maybe that is how the title of the album came into being. Black Butterfly may just be their way of saying we are a smaller version of crowes.

Being Buckcherry, they had to add a song that was aimed right for the crotch of the juvenile crowd like the last album's Crazy B*tch. I think they will corner this market with their inane "Too Drunk...". This piece of drivel that lyrically will be another guaranteed frat boys Friday night anthem, would have been at least a decent song as an instrumental. It's a shame that they think they have to stoop this low, its doesn't even have the little touch of humor that Crazy has.

Where the band really shines the brightest on this album is when they try for the mainstream market with their version of a power ballad. You get a couple examples on this disc with the terrific "Please Don't Go Away" and a good twist from the band, the country tinged "Rose". The band has a very good feel for this type of song. I can see both of these getting ample airplay as both are catchy and have the hooks that make them good, not great songs.

The guys could not leave well enough alone though. They must have needed some filler for this very short album. "All Of Me"is a little acoustic ditty that is not Buckcherry at all. This reminds me of a song by Bruce Springsteen called Waiting On A Sunny Day from his album The Rising. It is a little bit of fluff and like I said, filler for an album that totals in at a little over 40 minutes to begin with.

The band sends you off with what is a very good song once you get past the annoying rat-a-tat guitar intro. "Cream" could be called the cream of the crop as far as this album is concerned. This will be the anthem rocker saved for the encore at their concert. I just wish that there was more of this on the album.

This one is like most work by Buckcherry. A few good songs mixed with some genuine fodder. While you might have some fun with a portion of this album, it has as much lacking as it has descent material. Thank god, it is a short disc if they were to continue along this path.

Track listing:

1. Rescue Me
2. Tired Of You
3. Too Drunk...
4. Dreams
5. Talk To Me
6. A Child Called "It"
7. Don't Go Away
8. Fallout
9. Rose
10. All Of Me
11. Imminent Bail Out
12. Cream

Keep you finger near the skip button and you will find some good songs lost among the garbage. One of these days, these guys will get it together and finally put out the album they are capable of doing. This one is not it.


Great Music to Play While: Sleeping

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Black Butterfly
Label: Atlantic (USA)
Artist: Buckcherry
Release Date: September 16, 2008

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