All Night Long

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All Night Long Review

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Buckcherry couldn’t send a stronger signal with the opening pair of “All Night Long” and “It’s a Party” on their fifth album, All Night Long: the band has bounced back from the murky hangover of Black Butterfly with yet another soundtrack for an endless party. It’s more of the same -- a bunch of L.A. sleaze in the tradition of Aerosmith, the Crüe, and GNR, with just a little AC/DC for flavoring -- but the tone is decidedly lighter than the long hard slog of Black Butterfly, and not just because the ballads are a little sweeter. The swagger has a bit of a snap, the rhythms a little more swing, the guitars snarl a little bit harder -- subtleties that are notable when the music is so by the book, as Buckcherry’s is. If they can’t quite deliver the songs or hooks -- and they can’t -- they need to have the attitude, which they do here.

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