Excess. That's what Buckcherry is all about. At least that's the song the band's been singing since its 1999 debut (remember "I love the cocaine / I love the cocaine"?). In a post-grunge world the band sunk its sonic hooks into enough ears that they've kept at it for six albums now, and on the musical side they assert themselves fairly well: there's a lot of generic hard rock throughout Confessions, but there are also some inspired solos and other bits scattered throughout. Vocally, though, the group sounds hamstrung by singer Josh Todd's limited range—intentional or not—when it comes to melodies, and his continuing efforts to out-sleaze the words of 2006's "Crazy Bitch." On Confessions he wraps it all up in an uncomfortable blanket of rock-opera pomp, meaning that Buckcherry doesn't even tap into the illusion of a good time on this record, instead wallowing in the waste of excess.
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