Buckethead
Colma


4.5
superb

Review

by Brandon Scott USER (101 Reviews)
January 10th, 2010 | 17 replies | 3,907 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Beautiful is a term that usually doesn't come to mind when you first think ace guitar player Buckethead. Perhaps more fitting terms would be mysterious, unique or maybe even just plain weird. For the majority of his career, Brian Carroll better known as Buckethead, has been known to create some of the most surreal and anomalistic music ever to grace this world. From his earnest beginnings using samples of old Japanese television programs to the all-star collaborations on his 2005 album Enter the Chicken, Buckethead has always remained one of the more eclectic guitarists of his time. However despite all the bizarre tendencies that define the bulk of his music, Buckethead also has one more factor that helps him stand out above the rest of today's guitar players: his unparalleled sense of melody. Throughout his early career, many subtle hints of this skill presented themselves in his playing sparingly, but it wasn't until 1998 album Colma that these qualities finally garnered the limelight they always deserved.

It is really with Colma that Buckethead unveiled his true potential, creating 13 tracks of the easiest listening you'll ever hear. Whats even more astounding is his ability to give each of the songs their own unique flavor, distinguishing themselves from one another with apparent ease. Some songs such as opener "Whitewash" or "Colma" display a melancholic edge to Buckethead's acoustic playing, with both songs containing very eerie and claustrophobic yet melodic twists throughout. Other songs however, like "For Mom" and "Hills of Eternity" are examples of more joyous, easy going melodies. "For Mom" in particular is a standout, with its layered harmonies and almost tropical sounding chords played during the climax of the song. Another song that deserves mention as one of the best songs on the album (and even Buckethead's entire catalog) is "Big Sur Moon". Combining alternate picked arpeggios with an echo effect, the song is just absolutely loaded with intriguing and highly addictive hooks.

Another element in the outright success of Colma is the subtle use of background keyboards and outside instruments. Sixth track "Machete" is the perfect example, with cold, futuristic swathes of keyboard perfectly unifying with the soft, clean electric guitar strums. Track "Lone Sal Bug" utilizes the Cello, cleverly using the instrument for bass and brilliantly letting it deviate to create its own majestic harmonies. It really adds another dynamic and the result is nothing short of breathtaking.

While this is mainly an acoustic album, and while its main purpose is to inspire relaxation, no Buckethead record would be complete without his signature eccentric quirks. "Sanctum" is a perfect example, with a hip-hop inspired effected drum beat, and a crawling bass line. Its not before long that the song explodes with the masked maestro's speed defying solos, combining elements of blues, neo-classical and even some avant-garde guitar into short little bursts. "Wishing Well" also features some of Buckethead's great soloing, bringing more of a Spanish guitar style into play.

Majority of the time, something beautiful can come of even the worst situations, and the Colma album couldn't be a better example. Created for the enjoyment of his mother whilst recovering from cancer, Colma is more than just a bunch of songs thrown together, it's a testament of his support and love to his mother. While to some, this might seem pathetic and cheesy, if it wasn't for the strong emotions felt by Buckethead back then, nobody would be able to enjoy such a strong, uplifting album such as Colma today.



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TheSpirit
January 10th 2010



17171 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fuck yes, Buckethead.

Digging: Rx Bandits - Gemini, Her Majesty

PuddlesPuddles
January 10th 2010



4765 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fuck yes

Love this like crazy

Dreamsoffew
January 10th 2010



1002 Comments


This is a really cool review dude, I have no experience with this guy at all though. My only gripe would be the first sentence of your last paragraph, it reads slightly awkwardly, might just be me though.


TheSpirit
January 10th 2010



17171 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks yeah, it does seem a little awkward now that you mentioned it, so i'll probably fix. But anyway, this album could literally be enjoyed by everyone, so i would definitely look into listening to it.

KebertXela
January 10th 2010



367 Comments


I like putting this album on and playing along to it. Great album.

Edwin
January 10th 2010



1399 Comments


Really love this album..
Of his, I probably only prefer Cuckoo Clocks of Hell over this.

Lambda
January 10th 2010



2411 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great album. For Mom, Big Sur Moon, Machete, and Watching The Boats With My Dad are my favourites

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TheSpirit
January 10th 2010



17171 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Troll negggeedddddd

ikarus
January 10th 2010



560 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

definitely one of his most solid albums to date, i enjoy this as much as elephant man's alarm clock

ChildOfHate
January 10th 2010



108 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i love Machete and For Mom. This album is amazing. Review is good too. Pos'd

TheSpirit
January 10th 2010



17171 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanksss

KebertXela
January 10th 2010



367 Comments


I love it when people say "buckethead just makes weird noises" or "buckethead does nothing but shred" and I just tell them about this album.

TRMshadow
January 10th 2010



4982 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just discovered this album yesterday (though not buckethead, I've liked him for about a year) and It is probably my soft album done by a guitar virtuoso. Great review too. Pos.

TheSpirit
January 10th 2010



17171 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you!

tiesthatbind
October 5th 2011



7371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This rules so much.

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MO
October 5th 2011



18250 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn right

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TheSpirit
October 6th 2011



17171 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yes this is fantastic



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