Buckethead
Albino Slug


2.0
poor

Review

by Jake C. Taylor USER (92 Reviews)
October 10th, 2008 | 33 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Yes, it’s another Buckethead album. Worth your time? Mostly no.

It seems that with every new release, Buckethead shows both another side of his playing style, and another area to get bored by. It’s hard to fault him since everything he releases is more or less under his own jurisdiction; he records, writes, often programs, his material to be released. If you love Buckethead, this year alone you have three new records to choose from, all of which have been under limited release through TDRS records. On the other hand, this is an album that won’t get the attention of many, which is of no surprise in itself.

Firstly, and yes answering the common question, “any vocals?” No, none, zilch, but why would by this time you even come to expect vocals on a Buckethead album? For those who do manage to obtain this obscurity, expect to receive what you’ve loved for nearly 20 years (shred soloing, random interludes and quirky electric experimentations, and tinny programmed drums), but also expect it to cloud over what you may already own. Despite having an apparent magnitude of greatness within opening tracks “The Redeem Team” and “Siege Engine” the rest of the album can be found of previous releases without even looking twice. Not to say he’s just re-released the same record twice, but as we know, he can certainly come close.

Undoubtedly this is no commercial recording, the production tells for it, but in turn it seems rushed, with little room for matchless hooks and licks that he’s been renowned for. For instance he nearly approaches covering Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” in "Symmetrical Slug" - a twisted concoction of shredding and buzzing riffage. Similarly in “Electric Bell Blanket”, he makes a lacklustre attempt at blues twang, without elaborating towards anything at all in its short 50 seconds, something he revisits in many other tracks.

It’s hard to say whether this is one of Buckethead’s more serious releases. But if it is, it seems to suffer from having a similar appearance as some of his more jocular outings, which are usually more enjoyable anyway. The argument of “he’s running out of ideas” has no meaning here, since the have been previous albums which have had a similar effect as this one. The problem is that the song writing is as memorable as the album cover is: not much at all. With a weighted beginning and an airy body and later half, Albino Slug is as tedious as watching one travel.



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poweroftheweez
October 10th 2008


1290 Comments


"But if it is, it seems to suffer from having a similar the appearance of some of his more jocular outings which are usually more enjoyable anyway."

Quite a few things like this going on. Make sure you look over your writing a little bit to revise some of the minor errors. Good content, but be careful about sentence structure and all that jazz.

taylormemer
October 10th 2008


4953 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Noted.

Kage
October 10th 2008


1172 Comments


solid review. i haven't heard this one yet, but the other albums he's put out this year have been less than thrilling.

i love how prolific he is and Pepper's Ghost is one of my favorites, but perhaps he should slow down a bit.

im seeing him live next month m/

ikarus
October 10th 2008


570 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This seems pretty rare, and for good reason it appears.

I would recommend "Inbred Mountain" for a less than common release. It's really great.

Seeing him live next weekend *woot*

taylormemer
October 10th 2008


4953 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i love how prolific he is and Pepper's Ghost is one of my favorites, but perhaps he should slow down a bit.

Yeah, Pepper's Ghost is a really wicked album.

CoRpSeSlAyEr
October 10th 2008


855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If you want to hear an album with him slowed down, get Electric Tears, or Population Overdrive.

marksellsuswallets
October 10th 2008


4848 Comments


Or umm...oh yeah...COLMA!!!!This Message Edited On 10.10.08

taylormemer
October 10th 2008


4953 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'd have to agree. I do plan on reviewing Population Override sometime, but I have a feeling Kage was referring to output, so much as musical "fastness/tempo".

AP07373
October 22nd 2008


493 Comments


I like certain things about this album a lot, but there are some tracks that feel more like unfinished ideas than a cohesive piece of songwriting.. But there are some fantastic buckethead moments on some of these tracks, so for that reason alone I enjoy it.This Message Edited On 10.22.08

Xxplosive
October 22nd 2008


126 Comments


I CAN PLAY JORDAN ON EXPERT!! :p

kumbayasid
October 26th 2008


11 Comments


It's incredibly strange how one of the most talented guitarists in history could have such a less-than-astounding discography.

taylormemer
October 26th 2008


4953 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

It's amazing how incredibly true that statement is.

yas666eer
November 11th 2008


271 Comments


out of all his album i found electric tears decent as an album and a few other songs of his are good, I think I wont get this as the review makes it sounds pretty shit :D.

@"It's incredibly strange how one of the most talented guitarists in history could have such a less-than-astounding discography"

how is bucket head really talented?

CoRpSeSlAyEr
November 11th 2008


855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

How is he talented? Are you fucking kidding me?

yas666eer
November 12th 2008


271 Comments


lol should have asked in what sense is he talented.
do you consider him good in overall composition? is it his style? shredding skills? cause i have not heard much of his stuff

Kage
November 12th 2008


1172 Comments


He's at his best when jamming with others. His composition can be amazing, but is often slightly non-existent. He's a virtuoso in terms of skill and technique, but his real talent lies in his idiosyncrasies.

yas666eer
November 12th 2008


271 Comments


idiosyncrasies = you mean his ninja chicken dance :D

taylormemer
November 12th 2008


4953 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Have you seen him on nun-chucks? Fuck!

yas666eer
November 13th 2008


271 Comments


yeah saw that.. he is a born entertainer

AP07373
December 16th 2008


493 Comments


"how is bucket head really talented? "

I'd say he's arguably the most versatile guitarist in music today. Metal, Jazz, funk, rock, spanish, acoustic...you name it...he's better than most at it.

Is there anyone else that you guys can think of that even comes close in terms of versatility?

Another comment about his discography...while it seems "lackluster" to your typical music listener, Buckethead really just makes albums for himself and his fans...not for any commercial success...hell the majority of them aren't even sold in stores.



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