The buzz around Buckcherry's new album, All Night Long (Eleven Seven Music), has thus far come from the sleaze-rockers's decision to take on BP and its response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the song "Our World."
That will probably soon change. "Our World" is, in fact, kind of a buzz kill.
The video for the song features underwater footage of crude spewing into the Gulf of Mexico and shots of oil-covered birds captioned with damning statistics and generic indignation. Proceeds from the iTunes exclusive track will be donated to the Natural Resources Defense Council's Gulf Coast Recovery Fund "to aid victims of the oil spill--both human and animal."
It's a noble gesture, to be sure, but, if forced to choose, diehard Buckcherry fans are more likely to place their 99 cents on foot-stomper "It's a Party," or on songs like "Recovery" and the final track (and perfect way to end the record) "Dead," which hearken back to the ballsier sound of the band's earlier work. Or on the fantastically catchy (more cowbell!) title track. When it comes to having the kind of fun you want to have with Buckcherry, "rollin' with the guitar strum" and "bangin' your head to the drums" all night long are going to win out over a few minutes of contemplating U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East every time.
Produced by Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Def Leppard), All Night Long is a riff-heavy, groove-driven and overall better record than what many might have expected from Buckcherry after "Black Butterfly." For that--and their political awakening--they're to be commended.