Buckethead
Electric Sea


4.5
superb

Review

by Rastapunk USER (28 Reviews)
February 25th, 2012 | 64 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It will take you somewhere far from your troubles, and relax you to the point of happiness even when everything else around you feels sad.

Buckethead is one of the weirdest guitarist I've seen, musically and on stage. This is a guy who will dress up with a KFC bucket on his head and wear a white mask giving him some sense of mystery in his work. I discovered him a couple of years ago when I was looking for experimental Rock, this is exactly what you get with this guy. You can't put him into any genre of music, because he plays a lot of different styles on his albums (mostly funk, metal, rock, experimental and ambient). 2012's Electric Sea is the sequel to 2002's Electric Tears. I recently got into Electric Tears and I directly fell in love with it, the style was exactly what I was looking for: classical rhythms and electric melodic solos.

Nothing has changed on the studio workers, but this album sounds different. I felt like there was something added that made this album better than the previous one. You still get the classical rhythms guitar and electric solo, but not only. Buckethead has managed to bring something new to the composition of his songs: diverse sounds. “Swomee Swan”, which I definitely recommend gets a very powerful electric riff while Bucketheads gives you an outstanding solo, one that takes you somewhere else far away from trouble and stress. “El Indio” gets a Western folk rhythm and an acoustic classical solo that turns into another melodic electric solo and ends in a forty seconds faster solo.
Buckethead also decided to record a full song with only a classical rhythm guitar, Beyond The Knowing that happens to be the instrumental re-release of “What Kind Of Nation” from the album Intelligence Failure, and three classical covers, one from Alfredo Catalini (“La Wally”) and two from Johann Sebastian Bach (“La Gavotte” and “Bachethead”).

On the down side, there is “Yokohama” and “Gateless Gate”.The first one sounds exactly like it was taken from Electric Tears and has nothing outstanding like the other songs while the second one is pretty useless to be honest. It consists of rhythm on classical guitar being played for about two minutes. It really feels out of place, it could stand as an intro but it actually has nothing to do with the following song, “The Homing Beacon”.

Talking about “Homing Beacon”, this is definitely a song to check out. It is a tribute to Michael Jackson (although it has nothing to do with any M.J. Songs). This one of the two songs that stands above the other (first one being “Swomee Swan”). This song actually evolves, rhythmic guitar changes and the solo guitar feels like Buckethead is saying something before ending on harmonics twenty seconds before the end of the song.

This album is definitely a good sequel to Electric Tears, ten years later. Buckethead made great improvements on the composition of his rhythmic and solo guitar and gave us another mind blowing Classical/Rock album. It will take you somewhere far from your troubles, and relax you to the point of happiness even when everything else around you feels sad.



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Rastapunk
February 25th 2012


738 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thought I try something else

Beachcoma
February 25th 2012


526 Comments


Cool, this looks promising. I love this guy's entire discography so I should like this.

Urinetrouble
February 25th 2012


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This isn't that great it sounds like a lot of his other, much better music

Devotedzak2
February 25th 2012


26 Comments


Your second paragraph seems a bit awkward. Other then that, nice review of a great guitar player!

Rastapunk
February 25th 2012


738 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

In what way was it awkward?

Devotedzak2
February 25th 2012


26 Comments


"Nothing has changed on the studio workers, but this album sounds different."

(???)

"You still get the classical rhythms guitar and electric solo, but not only."

(Strange sentence format.

“Swomee Swan”, which I definitely recommend gets a very powerful electric riff while Bucketheads gives you an outstanding solo, one that takes you somewhere else far away from trouble and stress. “El Indio” gets a Western folk rhythm and an acoustic classical solo that turns into another melodic electric solo and ends in a forty seconds faster solo.

(Solo, solo, solo, solo)

Like I said, nothing wrong with the review, but the second paragraph seems to be the weak point.... just some helpful tips, not bashing at all.


TheSpirit
February 26th 2012


17927 Comments


There are a few grammar issues but overall this review is pretty okay. Electric Tears is one of my favorite albums by Buckethead and one of my favorite albums of all time so naturally i can't wait to hear this

Digging: Wreodan Heahl - Laecig

Rastapunk
February 26th 2012


738 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"(???)"

I meant that the people working in the studio are still the same (producer...)

"(Strange sentence format."

Probably because english is not my mother tongue . I wanted to emphasize on the fact that he has something more on this album.

"(Solo, solo, solo, solo) "

Yeah I agree, but I really don't know how else I can write it .

Thanks for the input





Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
February 26th 2012


7026 Comments


you guys are super good at overrating this guy

Rastapunk
February 26th 2012


738 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

And you are super good at giving your point without any arguments... Have you actually heard the album?

Dimor
February 26th 2012


1778 Comments


I really hope this is as good as you say it is. Buckethead really is an all-time favorite of mine so im really stoked to hear this. Also i agree, its nice to see someone review buckethead.

Devotedzak2
February 26th 2012


26 Comments


I didn't realize that English wasn't your first language, that being said your writing is better than most you find on the net these days. I loved Electric Tears and Pepper's Ghost, I'll have to check this thing out next payday.

Rastapunk
February 26th 2012


738 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks Devotedzak2 .

It is on deezer if you can stand the annoying commercial every few songs...

fleshstorm94
February 27th 2012


109 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album suprised me the last few pikes albums werent my favorite but this album blew me away.

Funeralopolis
March 3rd 2012


11548 Comments


does this guy have more albums than any artist ever?

Digging: Quicksand - Slip

TheSpirit
March 3rd 2012


17927 Comments


So is this as good as Electric Tears or no

PuddlesPuddles
March 3rd 2012


4784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Don't make me choose

turnip90210
March 3rd 2012


318 Comments


It's a bit different. It has a visible influence of his recent mellow albums in the melodic patterns and overall harmony, and it covers more stylistic ground with the classical moments.

TheSpirit
March 3rd 2012


17927 Comments


DAMN PUDDLES

I know how much of a Buckethead fan you are so a 4.5 from you means i will be listening to this tonight...

...And thanks turnip - i'm definitely glad to know that his melody choices are more similar to his recent material. I'm kind of split on that; I really love some of his more recent material but some of it is also pretty inconsistent.

PuddlesPuddles
March 3rd 2012


4784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

But hold on, have you listened to the entire Pike series?

3 Foot Clearance
It's Alive
Empty Space
Underground Chamber
Look Up There


It's his musical tour through different parts of Bucketheadland. Yes.



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