The Black Crowes started off as a bluesy Rolling Stones inspired rock band and over the years they have perfected that classic rock vibe. And like the Stiones, they have always firmly embraced the blues. These days, they are more of a blues band then a rock band, so much so that they even headlined the recent Doheny Blues Festival at Doheny State Beach.
For this, their ninth album, the Crowes decided to celebrate their twentieth anniversary with an acoustic take on some of their classic songs. The songs typically sound better, more alive, even though they are stripped down. The band seems to being having fun while playing these songs and it makes the record a good listen.
Brandon Boyd – The Wild Trapeze
Incubus has been one of the more innovative bands of the last decade, starting out as just another nu-metal band, they have transformed themselves with each release. With influences ranging from metal to folk to hip-hop, they always brought something creative to the table, yet over the past few releases they have declines a bit, so its probably a good time for lead singer Brandon Boyd to make a solo record. With a distinctive voice, he has always stood out in the crowded field of rock singers and with “The Wild Trapeze”, he makes uses that voice as the focal point.
Backed primarily with acoustic guitar and drums, his voice is a driving force that pulls the listener through the album. However, with that focus, the listener also focuses on the lyrics, which have never been his strongpoint. While not bad, they just are not that impressive. And that pretty much sums up this album as a whole. Its good, its pleasant to listen to, but unfortunately, its just not remarkable.
Buckcherry – All Night Long
Buckcherry have been making good beer drinking, pool playing, bar music for a few years now. And “All Night Long” is no exception. Following in the footsteps of their influences, Aerosmith and Guns N Roses, with some AC DC thrown in for good measure, Buckcherry make good, old fashion bar rock and they do it pretty well.
If you’re looking for something new, something groundbreaking, move on, this is not what you’re looking for. But if you want a soundtrack for a night of bar hopping and debauchery, this is the album for you. Most of the songs revolve around partying, with some the occasional ballad. Full of attitude and swagger, “All Night Long” will keep you rocking all night long.