Buckethead
Crime Slunk Scene


4.0
excellent

Review

by Hogan CONTRIBUTOR (43 Reviews)
December 17th, 2013 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Wait until it hits you. Then you will realize all your fighting is for nothing.

I can’t really explain what it’s like to be in an intensive emotional struggle with life. Movies dramatize it to death and novels satirically spin jokes off of it. The subjective thoughts and unrealistic pensions a person goes through are still shrouded in a heavy mist to me, but I still can proclaim that it isn’t a cozy feeling. Being part of the average population in a world ran by big business tycoons and slapdash celebrities, all that’s good in the world seems to slowly slip into oblivion before my very eyes. Sure there is a loving family back at home, but the harsh realization that life is not as glamorous as it is on TV hits harder than you might think. Bloody streaks of misery and poverty are littered among the absent minded parties hosted by wealthy drones. The popular industry covers the real world with a blanket that blinds children into thinking that silver and gold are really the only two things that make people happy. Buckethead however shines a light on the dirty spectrum and shows what he sees through his guitar.

There is often a misconception that Buckethead plays with full emphasis on speed and rhythm instead of poignancy and thought. Though this thought process can be glued to some of his feeble works, what’s listed on Crime Slunk Scene is far from weak. The man exerts all of his mind and body onto his guitar and is able to string together seas of emotion and beauty. The essence of Buckethead’s quirky nature is still there, but is mostly hidden among the many breathtaking instrumentals to behold. Buckethead’s emotional consistency is often riddled with layers, either epic or dramatic. The Fairy and the Devil sounds like a battle between good or evil, while the closing riff of King James implants a rhythmic rebellion in the listener. The layers of subject material don’t stop there, as they spiral off of each other; making it a fun experience to guess what kind of thoughts may be tackled next. It is almost like the popular culture surrounding us. But instead of brainwashing people into believing in luxury and fame; it distracts the listener to indulge in Buckethead’s side of the story. He sprinkles a strong crux of his being into his music, showing that he is a human being with emotional skirmishes like the many of us.

A looming sense of defeat is evident on the album as well. The fairy loses its incredible battle with the devil and the revolution is suppressed by the higher officials. The rea l heavy hitter however is the ten minute long beast known as Soothsayer. It’s the most haunting depiction of Buckethead’s feelings ever put into his music. Through the schizophrenic mix of passionate movements, the listener is showered with happy and sad memories. Fluttering by like butterflies, the guitar riffs each syncopate to a different memory of his past life. It’s like a musical autobiography, only using an instrument instead of a voice. The song shows the beauty of what it was like in the past, followed by the disastrous effects the present and future can hold.

The clear aroma of poignant feelings swirls around Crime Slunk Scene like flies to lights. Buckethead weaves his tale of comparing the past and present with perplexing accuracy. Even though the prominent use of the whammy and kill switch hinder the album a little as guitar lines seem mirrored on some songs, the album does away with linear style and opts for a more experimental outing. For me, this is the album which drew me into Buckethead's whirlpool of interest. The catchy rhythms, emotionally driveled guitar playing, and great production make this an excellent addition to the guitar virtuoso’s massive discography.



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hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
December 17th 2013


2562 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Everyone is probably sick of this guy by now, but I couldnt stop thinking of how awsome Soothsayer is. Quick little type up, fans of buckethead should take a stab at this.

Necrotica
December 17th 2013


10583 Comments


Great album and review. This guy does make too much music in my opinion, but when his releases are good they're
usually really fucking good. Still a fan for sure

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
December 17th 2013


2562 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I haven't listened to any of the 20 albums he released this year, lol but I love some of his older stuff like this

Necrotica
December 17th 2013


10583 Comments


Have you ever heard Electric Tears or Pepper's Ghost? Those are two of my favorites

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
December 17th 2013


2562 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Both of those two are some of my favorites. I just wrote a review for electric tears a week ago. Fantastic work

Necrotica
December 17th 2013


10583 Comments


Oh, THAT review! Sweet... I always give that specific album to anybody who thinks Buckethead is just virtuoso wank

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
December 17th 2013


2562 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lol my thoughts for recommendations lie in The Elephant Mans Alarm Clock, this, and Electric tears.

MeatSalad
December 17th 2013


17155 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Really dont care for this other than soothsayer

Digging: Talk Talk - Laughing Stock

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
December 17th 2013


2562 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ah, fairy and the devil is interesting as well as King James. Soothsayer is a monster, and the ending 3 tracks are pretty good.

Pestiferouss
December 17th 2013


269 Comments


holy fuck yes my favorite buckethead

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2013


2562 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

By far one of his best

ericu03
December 18th 2013


186 Comments


Great review man, pos'd.

Artuma
December 18th 2013


29044 Comments


soothsayer is p epic

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2013


2562 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, soothsayer is honestly one of the best songs he wrote

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2013


2562 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I also feel King James's ending is something brilliant as well.

Hoppoman
December 18th 2013


719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've actually listened to this one, makes me feel special.

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2013


2562 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lol whats your favorite tracks from it?

Hoppoman
December 18th 2013


719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Couldn't tell you, haven't listened too it in years.

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2013


2562 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It was so weird that I listened to this yesterday. Cause its been like 5 years since I've fully listened to it and I just randomly decided to give it a spin.

Pestiferouss
December 18th 2013


269 Comments


the first 5 tracks on this one are my spring/summer anthems

and soothsayer is just the best thing ever soo



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