Buckethead
Shadows Between The Sky


4.5
superb

Review

by B R A N D O N S C O T T USER (103 Reviews)
February 8th, 2010 | 125 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of the masked crusaders strongest albums in years.

It is not very often in the music world that an artist as consistent as Buckethead comes around. Throughout his long and illustrious career, the guitar virtuso has created some of the best guitar orientated albums ever to exist, whether it be the shredtacular sound of albums like The Elephant Man's Alarm Clock or the more calming ambiance of albums such as Electric Tears. With Buckethead's first album of 2010 (because he will probably end up releasing 3 or 4 more) Shadows Between The Sky occupying the more serene side of his music, the man of countless talents shows once more why he is one of most acclaimed guitarists in the instruments history.

While Buckethead is mostly known around the globe for his out of the box riffs and his quick-fingered solos, Shadows Between The Sky showcases the masked madman's softer, more calming style of playing. While one could easily draw comparisons from this to Buckethead's 2002 album Electric Tears and complain this is simply a rehash of the same worn out ideas, Shadows Between The Sky throughout its length proves to be one of the most unique and dynamic albums that Buckethead has ever released. A great example of this is the opening song, "Shadows Between The Sky", which amidst a supremely melodic clean picked guitar rhythm displays an awe inspiring Spanish guitar influenced acoustic solo. The album is also full of some great contrasting moods and tones. "City of Woe" is a brooding number, utilizing dark, and sinister melodies, while "Rim of the World" with it's almost country like twang in some sections is completely uplifting.

Of course, no Buckethead would be complete without some of his jaw dropping solos. "Sled Ride" in particular stands out, with Buckethead performing a simple, yet hypnotic acoustic solo with epic swathes of atmospheric keyboard as a backdrop. The song in it's entirety will take your breath away, with excellence ringing out in every note struck. "Wax Paper" is also another standout, with a uniquely structured jazz-influenced solo. Far from being a one-trick pony, Buckethead also unleashes some magnificent rhythm guitar work on the album as well. "Chaos Of The Unconscious" layers clean guitar over acoustic guitar while playing the same chords, making for some nice dynamics, while "Centrum" features some powerful bluesy chord progressions. The drummer and bassist (who are still unknown at the time) also do a fine job of upholding the quality of the album. The percussion is usually remains on the simpler side, yet always compliments the guitar playing, whether it be a steady beat (as seen on "Cookies For Santa") or nothing more then a solitary bass drum beat ("Sea Wall").

Even though Buckethead releases albums in short intervals, Shadows Between The Sky makes it abundantly clear that the man still has quite a ways to go before his musical well is dried up. With this album Buckethead once again shows that he is much more than a bucket wearing, chicken adoring maniac. Filled with hooks, emotional song-writing and top-notch playing, Shadows Between The Sky just may be prove to become one the best albums of the year 2010 and perhaps, the best Buckethead album ever.



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TheSpirit
February 9th 2010


17930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I was TOTALLY blown away by how great this is. I know it's early, but so far this tops anything else i've heard in 2010. I'm going to maybe add some more to the review later, but i'm pretty satisfied with where it's at right now.

Foxhound
February 9th 2010


4570 Comments


Krankin out reviews aren't ya? I wish I had it in me..

Good review sounds way cool.

TheSpirit
February 9th 2010


17930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah, this is pretty amazing. Usually i would've waited until tomorrow to post this, but this album has got me so excited, it is AMAZING. I might bump it to a 5 i dont know yet.

coneren
February 9th 2010


11111 Comments


I WILL get this, can't wait to hear it!

EverythingEvil2113
February 9th 2010


1279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So are there any drums in this like Colma or is it more like Electric Tears?

I'm really glad to hear this is good, I'll be checking it out when I get the chance.

TheSpirit
February 9th 2010


17930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Its like a more dynamic Electric Tears with drums.

EverythingEvil2113
February 9th 2010


1279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That sounds awesome. I'm real excited now to hear this.

bungy
February 9th 2010


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Definitely getting this.

TheSpirit
February 9th 2010


17930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Added a tidbit on drums and bumped my rating. This is just so incredible.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2010


17222 Comments


i can't stand this shit. good review

TheSpirit
February 9th 2010


17930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Haha thanks.

jingledeath
February 9th 2010


7104 Comments


dunno if i'll be checking this out but good review dude

Piglet
February 9th 2010


4659 Comments


wasn't this 5 just a moment ago?

Meatplow
February 9th 2010


5524 Comments


I might just check this out.

Great review.

Lambda
February 9th 2010


2451 Comments


"Of course, no Buckethead would be complete without some of his draw dropping solos."

Should that be "jaw-dropping?" :P

But great review, this sounds cool. I added this album to the database too.. lol.

Wizard
February 9th 2010


19519 Comments


Good review dude. I own a few Buckethead albums and I've yet to be impressed. Would you say this is his best?

Digging: Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire

elephantREVOLUTION
February 9th 2010


2766 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i will check this out. buckethead albums are usually pretty good, but he comes out with so many that i usually don't listen to a lot of them.

TheSpirit
February 9th 2010


17930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Would you say this is his best?



Its hard to compare Buckethead albums, because there all so different, but i would say that yes, this is up there. Oh and thanks everyone : )!

bloc
February 9th 2010


34925 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Wow, did not know this was out already. Will definitely check out.

KebertXela
February 9th 2010


367 Comments


awesome thanks for this review, I am going to order it from tdrs now.



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