fails to blow up on 'Time Bomb'
By Shiley Carter
Daily Cougar Staff
Buckcherry has been at it again. The band's
six week U.S. tour ended in late February, about a month before its new
album, Time Bomb, was released.
The band gained attention with its No.
1 rock hit, "Lit Up," and marketed itself by touring with Sugar Ray, Monster
Magnet, Fuel, Lenny Kravitz and Kiss. It's no wonder Buckcherry was ecstatic
to headline its second tour, which included a New Year's Eve performance
with Aerosmith in Osaka, Japan.
Unfortunately, Time Bomb -- compiled
from 35 tracks already written by the band -- isn't all that impressive
musically. The lyrics follow the same themes of sex, drugs and rock as
"Lit Up" did.
Some of the lyrics are suggestive; others
are more explicit. But some tracks find Buckcherry delivering a more down-to-earth
perspective with messages about life.
"Porno Star," for example, is written from
a porn star's point of view, and it actually gives insight into the advantages
and disadvantages of that lifestyle. The chorus echoes a feeling of detachment
and desperation: "Never had a chance to love you, never want to see you
It is also obvious that many of the lyrics
have a personal message. "Whiskey in the Morning" is a portrayal of lead
singer Josh Todd's long battle with alcoholism. He said he had that morning
drink every day for a long time, and the song gives an honest account of
that dependency -- with, of course, the wildness that has always defined
As for the music, it's typical rock-band-with-an-attitude
fare. The vocals are reminiscent of Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, who Buckcherry
may have drawn a little too heavily on. The music is original, but its
creativity is sapped by the inevitable comparisons with Aerosmith and David
If you were a fan of Buckcherry's after
the release of the band's first album, you may want to check Time Bomb
out. It's a little more appealing in some respects, and at the very least
it holds the line on the sounds the band has made its own.
** (of five)