Buckethead
It's Alive


4.0
excellent

Review

by Austin USER (41 Reviews)
February 3rd, 2012 | 13 replies | 5,558 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Buckethead delivers one of his hardest-rocking albums yet.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Throughout over two decades as an artist, Buckethead has covered nearly the entire spectrum musically. Just about everything from gentle acoustics to metal to funk to just plain experimental music can be found somewhere in his catalog. Although some of his efforts might be more hit and miss than others, the fact remains that he has an incredible ability to constantly switch genres while still retaining a signature sound.

It’s Alive is no exception to this. This time around, Buckethead focuses more on the metal side of his playing. Opener Lebrontron is one of the most energetic tracks he’s ever released, driven by Buckethead’s unique style of thrash metal riffing and containing many transitions without ever losing its epic quality. While not every track is as action-packed as the opener, It’s Alive is one of the heaviest, most riff-driven albums Buckethead has ever put out. It’s also a surprisingly diverse album. There’s straight out thrash on Tonka, funky bass work on Backyard Banties, experimental tinkering in Picking the Feathers, and all of those things combined on The Hatch. Then there are those epic tracks in Crack the Sky, Brooding Peeps, and the aforementioned Lebrontron that could make even the most mediocre albums worthwhile. Buckethead once again demonstrates his talents by showing such versatility in an album while still keeping a coherent, metal-focused sound.

While the album is mainly riff-driven, one of the most impressive features of the album is the soloing. Over the past couple of decades Buckethead has had plenty of practice with both robotic shredding and gentle acoustic work, and on It’s Alive he delivers solos that blend the technical and melodic elements of his playing perfectly. He may not have any lengthy showcases a la Nottingham Lace on this album, but the soaring, well-placed solos on Crack the Sky and Brooding Peeps are some of the finest he’s put out, showing that Buckethead is still very inspired even after releasing the vast quantity of albums that he has.

On It’s Alive, Buckethead has cut the filler and delivered a consistently enjoyable instrumental metal album that is both memorable and concise, clocking in at 31 minutes without feeling incomplete. It’s one of his most accessible works, and also one of his best. Buckethead is clearly not out of ideas just yet, and with It’s Alive he demonstrates why he is still one of the best guitarists of this generation.



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tiesthatbind
February 3rd 2012



7371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Been digging this so much lately.

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

BigBlob
February 3rd 2012



1617 Comments


He's technically amazing, but I dunno... There's just something missing....

Ovrot
February 3rd 2012



10468 Comments


m/

Digging: Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
February 3rd 2012



15341 Comments


A ties review?

I must be dreaming....

Hey buddy review more we need a hard rock staff member so I don't have to review Shinedown in March

Digging: Astronauts - Hollow Ponds

FictionalFlames
February 3rd 2012



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The songs i listened to off this album slay!

Tyrael
February 3rd 2012



20740 Comments


CAUSTIC ARE THE

TIES THAT BIND

Beachcoma
February 3rd 2012



526 Comments


Great review, I love me some Buckethead.

tiesthatbind
February 3rd 2012



7371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, dude.

Sowing, I'll definitely review that, regardless of how much it's (probably) going to suck.

Jethro42
February 3rd 2012



12377 Comments


Good review dude. Lebronton sounds good, will check the rest.

ianjulian
March 22nd 2012



623 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

one of the best guitarists of this generation. is OK

thumbcrusher
June 29th 2012



3582 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the solo in the middle of lebrontron is sweeeeeetttt

Jeffrulesyou
May 6th 2013



209 Comments


Lebronton rules

tiesthatbind
May 6th 2013



7371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I jam that track on a regular basis. It's one of my favorite Buckethead songs.



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