Buckethead
Colma


4.0
excellent

Review

by Gortholomew Sombodom USER (11 Reviews)
January 2nd, 2007 | 24 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Buckethead's Colma is an acoustic change from previous efforts, dropping his metal curtain to let his light side shine, but it is still up to par with his skill as a guitarist and songwriter.

COLMA
A Buckethead Production

Buckethead, the guitar-wielding towering figure raised by chickens that dons a Meyers-ish mask, a KFC bucket with the word “FUNERAL” taped to the front, and a yellow jumpsuit, known for his incredible shredibility and the tendency to whip out nunchuks and do the robot during a performance, unleashed in 1998 his wrath of…. acoustic jazz? Yes, my friends. Colma is almost entirely acoustic. Oh I’m pretty sure he could melt our faces off unplugged, but this album is very mellow and relaxing.

One of the things that make Buckethead a truly unique guitarist is his outstanding versatility. He’s known, of course, for his metal fretboard-traveling as seen on some of his later albums (Cuckoo Clocks of Hell, Enter the Chicken), his almost Floyd-esque style (Population Override), and here we have some great, soothing acoustic work.

Enough with raving about the chicken man’s talent, now on to the album. This album was intended for relaxing music that Buckethead’s (Brian Carol I think) mother who was ill in the hospital while she recovered. With the exception of the title track, I would say this fits the bill. That’s not to say that the album doesn’t have its share of guitar mastery. In fact, Colma is about an hour of acoustic experimentation. The short track titled Big Sur Moon is two minutes of waves of delayed, fast-picked acoustic. The very eerie Colma is extremely delayed guitar that almost sounds like an organ… along with sounds like those of someone taking a knife and scraping it sideways across a sheet of aluminum. Not one of the prettier tracks...

Buckethead throws in a few interesting elements into his music here. For example, on the tracks Machete, Hills of Eternity, and Lone Sal Bug, Buckethead casts DJ Disc to throw in some trip-hop beats and turntables. The first of that list is a major highlight. It begins with some trip-hop beats and eerie, spacey guitar echoing overhead, and it eventually builds up into a nice electric guitar solo at the end.

Most of the songs sound the same, but they are all equally enjoyable (except maybe for Colma). It’s a great album to chill out to, and the music wouldn’t be out of place in a coffee shop. Despite retaining a consistent sound, the album is chock full of memorable, beautiful moments, such as the solo in For Mom, or the closing strums of Watching The Boats With My Dad. There are many interesting additions that keep the listener from becoming bored, like the atmospheric cello and viola on Wondering and Lone Sal Bug.

If anyone can master any style of virtuosic guitar playing, it is definitely Buckethead. Fans of his other efforts may dislike Colma, but for any fan of soothing acoustic or psychedelic rock, this is a must have. And for those of you who refuse to listen to this genius simply because of his stage antics, and I know many who do, I entreat you to take a listen. Who knows? Maybe you might actually be able to judge his music by the content rather than from his costume.

On Colma…

Buckethead – Guitar, Bass
Brain (of Primus) – Drums
DJ Disc – Turntables
Bill Laswell – Bass on Machete
Terry Untalan – Viola and Cello on Wondering and Lone Sal Bug

Recommended Tracks – For Mom, Big Sur Moon, Machete, Wishing Well, Watching The Boats With My Dad




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Comments:Add a Comment 
JumpTheF**kUp
January 2nd 2007


2716 Comments


This review is really good for it's length and it actually does describe a sound. I wouldn't know if it were correct however, I've never heard it.
Have a vote.

CoRpSeSlAyEr
January 2nd 2007


855 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I love Buckethead. Like you said, the reason why i respect him so much is because he is so versitile. I've never heard a band or guitar player more versitile than him.

Jom
Staff Reviewer
January 2nd 2007


2711 Comments


Nice review. This sounds pretty interesting, but I don't think I've heard a legitimate Buckethead song in my life except for a few seconds of the one on Guitar Hero 2.

Kage
January 3rd 2007


1172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm a recent Buckethead convert, and he is really amazing. He is one of the very few, if not the only, guitarist's guitarist that I really love. By that I mean he is a virtuoso and shreds a lot and basically plays riff fests. But I love him.

Anyway, fantastic job on the review, it got my vote. I think you described the album well and hit on enough specific songs so as to be effective and still kept it manageable length. This album is stellar, even though I prefer his crazy, frantic side like on Kaleidoscalp and Cuckoo Clocks and Day of the Robot. Regardless, this is great when I'm in the mood for it.This Message Edited On 01.03.07

Charlie Manson
January 3rd 2007


15 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This is the finest metal I've ever heard. 2.5 out of 5.

omgwtfboogie
January 3rd 2007


211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Buckethead is phenomenal at guitar.

Doppelganger
January 3rd 2007


3124 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks everyone

And I agree with Kage. Buckethead is really the only guitar virtuoso that I can stand. Joe Satriani, Steve Vai... blegh. Boring.

naboo
January 3rd 2007


39 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This albums is alright. There are a few gems (Whitewash, For Mom, Big Sur Moon, and Machete) but the rest gets kind of boring.

LifeInABox
July 7th 2008


3709 Comments


Yeah, you didn't talk about For Mom enough. I think that easily makes the album.

& GhostThis Message Edited On 07.07.08

TheHamburgerman
November 28th 2008


1302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

No Whitewash as recommended track? You Fool!

fireaboveicebelow
July 31st 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fantastic record, best when you set it down for a year and come back to it

TheyTookOurJobs
September 15th 2010


1318 Comments


For Mom is soooo good

stabbler
October 8th 2010


1415 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I don't really get it. This guy could write this stuff in his sleep.

Skweetis
June 17th 2011


548 Comments


Syncs pretty well with The Wizard of Oz if you start it when Dorothy opens the door of her house to Munchkin City (with the guitar of whitewash coming in when the colour does).

ffs
November 15th 2011


4884 Comments


relaxo

Cipieron
May 9th 2012


3508 Comments


is this similar to Electric Sea/Tears and Shadows Between the Sky? I only have those 3 from him, but I love them to death

Lick496
September 12th 2012


36 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

If you dont like this album, you are nothing

Ovrot
September 12th 2012


10554 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

amazing album

VlacDrac
July 20th 2013


841 Comments


"Based God is more prolific than I am"
-Buckethead

MikeC26
November 25th 2013


3203 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this transcends



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