Every musician, good or bad, has at least one classic song to offer the world. Even if you think some artists are beyond repair, there are always those subtle glimpses of quality that might give you hope for what they might do later. It happens to all of us…even those who have let us down time and time again.
For all the bland or lifeless music these bands have between them, these are some of the finest moments they’ve ever created as musicians. Being much more experienced as players, these are the albums where they’ve honed their sound and created something much more listenable than what they’ve done in the past. From taking new approaches to music to aligning the stars the right way, these musicians have managed to produce incredible material without having to sacrifice their artistic credibility to do so.
Has it paid off for them in the long run? No. Do these albums redeem them from the most gruesome entries in their catalog? Absolutely not. If anything, it’s the albums that make the most famous stuff sting even more. If you have the potential to do something like this, why are you just taking the easy way out?
Buckcherry’s entire existence in the early 2000s felt like they were debuting about 15 years too late. We barely had a tolerance for the seedy sounds of LA rock in the early 90s, so why would we need the same kind of Motley Crue sounds a decade later? Long before they really began their reign of terror, there was actually a lot of promise behind that debut record.
First and foremost, Keith Nelson is by far the band’s greatest asset, being an exceptional guitarist and pulling a lot of weight on some of these songs. It’s not like the band hides their influences or anything, especially on songs like Lit Up, where Josh Todd sounds like someone like Bret Michaels if he grew up listening to a lot more Motorhead instead of David Bowie.
That being said, all the trappings of what Buckcherry would become are still there as well, with song topics that talk a bit too much about drugs and excess and things that don’t really connect between the songs. Seriously, going from songs like Check Your Head to For the Movies is enough to give anyone a tonal boost if they’re not careful. Then again, both of those songs are actually really great songs at the end of the day, and Buckcherry didn’t really have to go beyond that. Hell, in an era dominated by stuff like nu metal at the time, it didn’t hurt to have a few albums to tune out to.