Josh Todd & The Con­flict

Year Of The Tiger

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff -

Like a branch of The Sealed Knot So­ci­ety with tat­toos and leather pants, Buckcherry have done a fine job of keep­ing the Sun­set Strip spirit alive long af­ter the lights went out on that hal­lowed scene. But even mod­ern day cock rock stars feel need to bust out of their cage oc­ca­sion­ally.

Year Of The Tiger is BC front­man Josh Todd’s at­tempt to re­po­si­tion him­self as a 21st-cen­tury rock’n’roller.

It’s less in hock to the re­cent-ish past than his main band, though bel­lowed punk rock-style gang cho­ruses and the ve­neer of elec­tronic moder­nity aside there’s noth­ing here to scare the horses.

Todd him­self doesn’t have the most charis­matic voice around – there’s a rea­son he spent the late 80s and early 90s toil­ing in the glam metal foothills – but he un­de­ni­ably knows his way around a tune. Al­bum high­light Story Of My Life shows a sur­pris­ing ma­tu­rity, while the bril­liantly OTT Erotic City (‘Fuck so pretty you and me’) ploughs the same old crazy-bitches-on­co­caine fur­row. You can take the boy out of Hol­ly­wood, but you can’t take Hol­ly­wood out of the boy.

Buckcherry singer flexes his mod­ern rock mus­cles.

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