Well worth a "Buck".
H3@+h | VT | 05/15/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I remember hearing the track "Pearls" back when it came out and liking it. That memory motivated me to get this disc 16 years later, for a reasonable 1 cent I might add. To describe the disc I can only really say it's your typical 1990 alt-rock. A few tracks sound like The Replacements, which I believe they mention in the notes, and I also know that Jack Irons played drums (of Chili Peppers/Pearl Jam fame). This is nothing really essential, but worth it for the going used price, and a decent sound of the times."
2nd as good as the 1st
Scott L. Mills | Blue Hill, ME. United States | 02/16/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While seeing the Buck Pets in a small bar in a seedy part of Miami, I was struck by their originality as well as their energy. They were just beginning to preview songs from the upcoming 2nd album, Mercurotones. They had that loose but tight feel we all know so well. I wouldn't call it alternative, grunge or metal .... more so like the precursor to Stone Temple Pilots with a Black Sabbath/Led Zeppelin derived sound. Hard Rock, or simply Rock and Roll will suffice. Now these are just passing memories of first impressions, but as I re-listen to this, and the first album, I really, really think they are/were something special. That one off band that surfaced for a brief moment in rock history, only to be overshadowed by the 'next' hype (grunge). Much like the Screaming Trees were also lost in the grunge hype. If only The Buck Pets had gotten even that much recognition!
Upon seeing them again in Boston (at the Rattskeller?), as their 3rd album was to be released, I noticed a fracture in the band ... something about the drummer, one of the band members said to me as he signed my albums, and sure enough, poof, they were no more.
To The Quick, their 3rd (and I believe final) album did not strike me as being as good, but after reading another review (here at Amazon), and seeing it for .39 cents, I'm giving it another try (after 15 years!) I'll review it in a week or so.
No matter what, try this band on for size. I truly believe you'll see the light."