For years now, Buckcherry has had to live with the label of â€śthe heavy Black Crowesâ€ť. For the most part, they earn that reputation, I guess. Like the Crowes, they play a style of rock that doesnâ€™t easily fit into the trends of the era. Without question, vocalist Josh Todd has a very distinct similarity to Chris Robinson vocally. Unlike The Black Crowes though, thereâ€™s a dirty underbelly to everything that Todd and Buckcherry do. Where the Robinson brothers write songs about relationships, Todd and company are much more focused onâ€¦wellâ€¦to be blunt, they are focused on f*cking. Much like their last album Timebomb, Buckcherry are back with more stories of debauchery. Also like Timebomb, this album rocks!
By now, youâ€™ve probably heard the lead â€śsingleâ€ť â€śCrazy Bitchâ€ť. Thatâ€™s a really good indication of what you have here on 15. The songs are instantly memorable, definitely dirty, and fun in the most primal of ways. As a vocalist, Josh Todd is a bar singer who spits out big league hooks. Heâ€™s very memorable throughout, and continues to stay within the vocal formula that has provided this band success over the last 10 years. Where Timebomb was a bit unfocused at times, 15 is much more locked in on a singular groove. This is definitely because of Todd. He finds his vocal best moment ever on â€śOut Of Lineâ€ť, a song that is instantly reminiscent of â€śLit Upâ€ť and sticks in your head long after you move on with the album. Overall, this may be Josh Toddâ€™s best recorded work to date.
As for the rest of the band, itâ€™s basically a new band from the previous two albums. Guitarists Keith Nelson and newbie Stevie D. have recaptured the classic sound this band has long had â€“ loud, big, raw and not full of effects. On tracks like â€śOnsetâ€ť, the duo really shine brightly. Adding to the mix are the rhythm section comprised of bassist Jimmy Ashhurst and Xavier Muriel. These two are great rock performers, and itâ€™s evident on 15. Each and every song is bottom heavy, which is a great (and missing today) feature for a power rock band. Overall, this band sounds terrific throughout.