Buckethead
Bucketheadland 2


5.0
classic

Review

by Rumpelnostran USER (7 Reviews)
January 4th, 2008 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A must-have for everybody who enjoys fiendishly original music. Let the roaring baritone guitars, demented ballads about taxidermy and an assortment of additional information about the park combined take you on an unforgettable journey...

To start this review off, let me state that this is probably my favorite Buckethead album ‘till now (early October 2007)... Bucketheadland II is the only ride in the park that seems to live its own independent life, as if disobeying its creator’s orders at times. Often, when listening, I feel as if the album will give Big B the finger any second and start doing its own weird thing, even if I do know that it’s just a record that’s bound to play the same way as ever from start to finish. Whether I’m experiencing some chugging, gritty riffage, Albert’s deranged acoustic songs or the announcements in between, I feel this beast of an album’s raspy breath echoing beneath the sonic output.

The album is simultaneously very varied and rather limited, and surprisingly both extremes shake hands, cancel each others weaknesses out and help build the monster. The narrow-minded part of the deal is the music – this ain’t no Elephant Man’s Alarm Clock. Buckethead’s guitar work isn’t too diverse here, but it’s all for the best. Even if the riffs seem rather similar, they do add a touch of consistency to the album and manage to keep the record from falling apart into a hundred thousand subsections. On the other hand, the rhythm guitar parts here are definitely some of the catchiest and heaviest he’s ever written, outshining the vast majority of Cuckoo Clocks of Hell and the rest of his heavy offerings. Another plus is the guitar tone – these riffs have been treated with some truly great distortion, and this sound is way more guttural and roaring than any other Buckethead’s baritone guitar setting we’ve been privileged to hear recorded. The diversity of the album comes from the way the different pieces interact with each other – nothing compares to the way the announcements/Albert bits/guitar work/everything else blend into each other, creating one huge patchwork of sheer sonic delight...

The solos on this albums are rather shredful, utilizing Buckethead’s trademark too-clean-to-be-human n-tuplet runs as well as his other characteristic traits - the augmented chord robotic tap/sweep mayhem and obscene chromatic multi-finger tapping insanity, as well as scarce (generally in the background) usage of the whammy and killswitch. All of the aforementioned techniques are present in “The Battery Cage Brawls”, just to crack an example off the top of my head... There is exactly one really heartfelt solo on this record – the outro of “Frozen Brains Tell No Tales”, which ranks very high in my all time favorite guitar solos list. This is one of the seldom few leads Big B hasn’t managed to play better live...

The second crucial component of Bucketheadland II is the set of Albert’s demented ballads. Even though they sound lame and gruesome at times, I get the feeling that Buckethead put a lot of thought into them. A good example would be “Rooster Landing/Lime Time” – it manages to really evoke some sadness in the beginning, then effortlessly spin the donkey around by the tail and do its best to invoke vomiting with overly informative descriptions of Albert’s freaky free time antics – a combination not seen too often, probably due to its overall quirkiness. These tidbits are a vital element of the album, they add another dimension to the excess and make this ride way scarier and realistic.

The final piece in this molten jigsaw puzzle are the announcements/vocal bits. Whilst their musical contribution can be rather risk-freely rounded down to a zero, they do a lot to the development of the journey. Listening to the characters talking, one really finds a lot out about the theme park itself, plus they do help create the impression of a true visit to the park – there are people around, chatting about dangerous rides and headcheese, as well as the ‘regular’ park announcements giving out information about the attractions and numerous (rather odd) statistic results. Some claim that this info would be more at home in the liner notes, but in my opinion they fit perfectly.

Summing up, this is one sick wedge, which has definitely been worked on a lot, and the final effect is breathtaking. Buckethead had a vision of what he wanted to put inside the place/record, and he managed to do it superbly. The gloomy, heavy-as-hell music underlines the park and its themes/attractions perfectly, and retains some true catchiness at the same time. The patchwork of music oozes through one’s ears, leaving behind a wacky impression of a true journey across Bucketheadland (doesn’t “Carpal Tunnel Tomb Torker” about a minute in sound like the terror tram? And how about “Machete Mirage”, 1:54? Run, dammit, RUN!!), and threatening to carelessly wander away from what we remember we heard last time around, even though it’s burned on a CD. Without further ado, I’d recommend this album to everybody who’s open-minded and doesn’t mind baritone electric guitars and gruesome bits... A true one-of a kinder.



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Lambda (4.5)
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Comments:Add a Comment 
foreverendeared
January 4th 2008


14678 Comments


you are on a Buckethead rampage! did you already have these written and just now submitting them or what? they all seem rushed to me

Killed4less
January 4th 2008


328 Comments


I haven't read any of your reviews but they all seem well written. The only thing is most people on the site feel that one review a day is the unofficial maximum. It's primarily because you end up bumping all the other user reviews off the front page. So don't take offense, I'll actually read this review and tell you what I think and it's great you're reviewing but four reviews in one day is a bit excessive.

Yeah it is well written so good review. As I said I'd just space them out submitting one a day.This Message Edited On 01.04.08

Doppelganger
January 4th 2008


3124 Comments


GOGOGO COMRADE JUST A FEW MORE BUCKETHEAD REVIEWS AND WE WILL HAVE TAKEN BACK REEEDDDD SQUAAAAAARE. I mean sputnik. Sputnikmusic.

DWittisarockstar
January 4th 2008


1501 Comments


You should try reviewing an album by Buckethead.

Monticello
January 4th 2008


805 Comments


Seriously, submit over a week or two, then more people will be bothered to read.

Poet
January 4th 2008


5935 Comments


LOL 5 reviews in a day.

Willie
Moderator
January 4th 2008


16049 Comments


I haven't read any of your reviews... The only thing is most people on the site feel that one review a day is the unofficial maximum. It's primarily because you end up bumping all the other user reviews off the front page. So don't take offense... it's great you're reviewing but four reviews in one day is a bit excessive.
This Message Edited On 01.04.08

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AtavanHalen
January 4th 2008


17927 Comments


Jesus Christ....so much Buckethead...I think I need some KFC...

Aficionado
January 4th 2008


1027 Comments


I hate it when people do this.

Rumpelnostran
January 5th 2008


22 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

sorry, folks, I'm new here, I didn't know... I had these written over the course of a few weeks while I waited for an account (third try, the first two validation emails didn't come...), and I just kinda... well, you know... sent them in... sorry, won't do this again

Kage
January 5th 2008


1172 Comments


Great reviews, though.

Essence
January 5th 2008


3586 Comments


This page has some of the most amusing comments of late. Good reviews. Most people who start up just make a fanboy review of their favorite band. (Oh, and those reviews usually suck)

fan-boy+review=...faview?
...I got nothin.




StonewallJackson
January 5th 2008


40 Comments


LMAO, these comments.....Lot of reviews, but its well written. I want to check this guy out.

Killed4less
January 5th 2008


328 Comments


Yeah man don't worry they are good reviews and they make me feel bad about never really trying to listen to Buckethead. Just now you know to space them out in the future but it's fine now because you didn't know at the time.

Aficionado
January 5th 2008


1027 Comments


Ya man, aslong as you know not to do it again, it's cool.

Rumpelnostran
January 5th 2008


22 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

ahh, you guys are cool :] thousand thanks, won't do this again... but I'll send more reviews in, spaced time-wise. I don't write five reviews a day ;]

AtavanHalen
January 6th 2008


17927 Comments


Do less Buckethead.

rasputin
January 6th 2008


14550 Comments


Do less Buckethead.

haha

Wizard
January 6th 2008


19519 Comments


Not a bad review, just a little fanboyish it seemed and Buckethead is really overrated IMO (but I think we already had this argument about Buckethead anyways hahahaha). Props to you for being so fucking gung-ho on this guy! At least your a real fan and know his good albums (seeing as you have almost reviewed all of his albums in a day). I will probably check this out since you really seem to take after this album.

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Lambda
January 19th 2008


2451 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

how is Buckethead overrated?! almost nobody knows about him!



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