Buck deserves kudos for putting himself out there, and for continuing to experiment: "Gates Of Hell" features some effective scream therapy on the chorus; "Superhero In My Heart" has him attempting to sort of sing; and he plays around with odd time signatures on "That's the Way Love Dies" and "She Fades," the latter written in triads rather than couplets. The subject matter of Neverlove is heavy and the electronic production is often beautifully orchestrated but dark, so it can make for a depressing listen. But with a couple of dance tracks, lots of hooks and touching lyrics that are pretty easy to identify with, it's also one of Buck's most accessible albums.
Unfortunately, as with his other major label releases, he holds back on his rapping and relies too much on collaborators for his hooks. Fans of his older music will probably prefer his other new album, Laundromat Boogie, more. (Warner)