Rating: ★★½ (out of four)
Looks like Buckcherry has some stuff to get off their collective chest.
With songs named after the seven deadly sins and others titled after tears, death and dreams, there’s a lot of potentially bad stuff going down here.
Fans of Motley Crue, Aerosmith and other Sunset Strip bands will find more to enjoy on “Confessions,” which is mostly gutter-rock mixed with punk and grit about the deadly sins.
If you need a Buckcherry ballad, the slowed down “Nothing Left But Tears” might do the trick. “Dreamin’ of You” is a sort-of love song with an acoustic melody and lyrics such as “believe in yourself and stand up tall/it’s our time to shine, it’s our time.”
That’s about as kind as things get. There’s a lot of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll-style lyrics on this record.
Lead-off track “Gluttony” has the biggest hooks, including repeated choruses of “I need it,” “I want it” and “I love it.” It’s all about living in excess.
“The Truth” is a slow-cooking ballad that rises and rises to a chorus of “Every time I fall, you know the truth,” which is followed by a head-rocking, melodic guitar solo. It could be the biggest song they ever put to radio.
— Kevin Coffey