Buckcherry – The Best of Buckcherry
2013, Eleven Seven Music
1. Lit Up
2. For the Movies
5. Next 2 You
7. Crazy Bitch
8. Rescue Me
10. All Night Long
12. Nothing Left But Tears
Shortly after announcing the departure of bassist Jimmy Ashhurst, Buckcherry gets their first compilation album. After 15 years and a few hit albums and songs, it was definitely time for one.
I don’t have many complaints about the tracks chosen. “Rose” is kind of headscratcher. Good song, but its inclusion seems random because it’s the only track here that was never released as a single. I guess the band just really likes that song. I probably would have included “It’s a Party” from the All Night Long album in its place. I would consider the rest of the album to be pretty spot on for the casual Buckcherry fan. Every album seems to be represented well.
I have more than a few personal favorites I could’ve chosen if someone tasked me with creating a “best of” album for the band, but as someone who already owns all of their albums, I’m not upset over this tracklisting. I know it’s not meant for me. I am surprised and slightly disappointed there’s nothing rare here though. No live tracks, no new studio track, no unreleased songs, not even a song from their Reckless Sons EP (which truly does feature some of the best of Buckcherry). Including some rare or new gem is usually a good way to throw the hardcore fans a bone to get them to buy a compilation, but they didn’t even bother here.
This isn’t truly a “best of” release being that it’s mostly centered around the band’s highest charting and most recent singles. Still, it’s a good compilation for someone that doesn’t have the interest in picking up all of the band’s albums. This is a good overview of the band and it’s got the band’s biggest radio hits and that should be enough for some people.