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Buckcherry

Live and Loud 2009

Review by Gary Hill

With a Buckcherry album you get some serious hard edged rock and roll. The music isn’t the most original thing around, but this type of sound always works, no matter who is delivering it, and frankly, Buckcherry is one of the better bands doing this kind of stuff. This live recording shows that the band is a bit rawer in the live setting, but no less compelling. It should be noted that the parental advisory warning is well deserved here. So, if you’ve got kids, I’d say you should preview this before playing it around them.

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Track by Track Review
Tired of You
Starting with drums and feedback, there is a parental advisory right at the start of this thing. It's a fierce and raw rocker that works well. It's a smoking hot opener.
Next 2 You
The percussion starts us off here, too. They give us a more percussively dominated rocker here. This has an almost Cheap Trick feeling to it at times. It’s not as raw as the previous one, but still reflects a lot of the same sound. It is catchier than the opener.
Broken Glass
This one’s closer to the opener. It’s more of a raw rock approach and not as accessible as the one that preceded it. It feels very angry.
Check Your Head
A mellower track, this classic rock textured number really does feel a lot like something from the Black Crowes. They turn this harder rocking as they carry on.
Lit Up
One of the band’s best known hits, this is more raw live. Although the single of this got a lot of airplay, this version would have an explicit lyrics sticker. It’s a killer rocker that seems to combine the bluesy roots rock sound of The Black Crowes with the raw energy of Guns N Roses.
Talk to Me
A little more accessible and classic rock in texture, this really reminds me a lot of some old school Aerosmith. It’s another killer rocker.
Rescue Me
This is almost metal in its approach. Still, it’s also one of the most accessible tunes on show here and is a real killer. The guitar soloing is melodic and extremely tasty.
Rose
A straight-ahead rocker with some definite southern rock trappings, this is another that reminds me a lot of a harder rocking Black Crowes.
For the Movies
This one’s a different kind of track. It’s got a lot of the same influences and elements, but it’s really sort of an anthemic ballad type of number. I like this a lot and it presents a good piece of variety. 
Ridin'
Back into the scream zone, this is another that makes me think of The Black Crowes and also of Aerosmith a bit.
Lawless and Lulu
A little more accessible, this is another hard rocker with a lot of the same influences as the rest of the disc. There’s a bit of a punk rock air to this, though and we get a smoking guitar solo segment.
Everything
A more balladic type of cut, this is another that’s quite accessible. It’s one of the less raw numbers here and has some killer guitar work.
Sorry
Another balladic piece, this one is one of my favorites on the set. Personally I wish they had put this track and the last one in different places in the set list, though. It would have brought some added variety to the show. This is another of the band’s better known pieces of music. 
Crazy B***h
Back into the raw rocking zone, this is a good tune, but not all that exceptional. It’s got a singalong section and some funk to change things up, though. The lyrics on this deserve a whole host of warning labels all their own. 
Cream
Combining a ballad-like section with a dramatic harder rocking sound, I’d put this one as my favorite piece of the whole set. For that reason it makes a great choice for closing things off.
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