A Real Diamond In The Rough



by Kronzo USER (45 Reviews)
May 18th, 2009 | 12 replies

Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A solid effort from the Big B. Some great recordings meshed with some filler material.

Buckethead – A Real Diamond In The Rough
• Buckethead - Invisible Scalp
• Dan Monti - Drum programming and bass
• Bryan "Brain" Mantia - Drums on tracks 2, 4, & 7

Buckethead is one of the most prolific artists in music today. His discography covers a variety of genres. There are elements of Metal, Techno, Soft Rock, Blues, Country, Avant-Garde, Ambience, Jazz Fusion, and many other types of music in his catalog. A Real Diamond In The Rough offers a few new things, but is mainly just developing on his more mainstream path he’s taken over the last few years. I would say this record is a mixture of Electric Tears and Albino Slug.

However, this isn’t a bad thing by any means. Buckethead, as usual, doesn’t fail to please listeners with another album of great material. He presents many great guitar lines that range from soothing and melodic to powerful and epic. On A Real Diamond In The Rough he decides to overdub his guitar playing a lot so there are a lot of intertwining licks. A good example of this would be “Dawn Appears”. The intro has interesting guitar interplay and then there is a laid back solo with some good chord backing.

A song that really managed to get my attention in this record is “Separate Sky”. It has a great intro where the guitar and drums really work well together. I also love the sound of the snare drum. This is the heaviest song on the record (which isn’t saying much). There are a lot of switches from normal speed to half time and back again which keeps the pace of the song interesting. This song is really riff based as there is only a solo near the end of the track.

Another personal favorite on the record is the opening track. “Broken Mirror” drags a bit at first, it gets really nice though when Buckethead’s brooding guitar line arrives on the track and you can feel the mood that the song is trying to portray. It really kicks in when Buckethead commences his bluesy solo. It has a great tone that has a lot of bite.

However, all this being said, this album is not perfect at all. There is a decent amount of filler on here that bores me. “Formless Present” sounds like an ambient outro of “Soothsayer” (from Crime Slunk Scene) and it is a pretty tedious 3.5 minutes. Also, the track after it, “Squid Ink Part 2” is a pointless filler track that doesn’t really offer anything new except more samey guitar riffs. Finally, “Allowed to Play” seems like a really lackluster effort and seems like Buckethead just improvised some guitar lines on that song. I enjoy some of the guitar lines in this song though.

A song I have mixed feelings about on this record is “Squid Ink”. The intro has a catchy guitar riff and a well written drum line that works well with it. There is a brief silence after the intro and then it starts to sound like a reprise of “Broken Mirror”. The chorus saves this song as it kind of has a post-rock sound and the guest drumming from Brain is really well done throughout the whole song with well-handled drum beats.

In conclusion, this record will probably not win over any new Buckethead fans. However, the man is still going strong and even though there are a few missteps on this album where he makes filler tracks in an attempt to rehash Electric Tears, he has still recorded a lot of great tracks. I’m surprised he hasn’t run out of ideas yet.


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May 18th 2009


Album Rating: 4.0

great record for once

May 19th 2009


Album Rating: 3.0

yeah, how often does buckethead release a new album?

May 19th 2009


About 3 per annumn.
Was planning on reviewing this but probably wont get round to finishing it.

June 17th 2009


Album Rating: 4.0

i love this album, but im a big fan of colma too, its more like that album, if you expect lots of fast rockin' shred this isnt it, this is more mellow and melodic which is perfectly fine.... love this cd

June 24th 2009


Maybe you should listen to it rather than just rush through the album.

Allowed to play is so beautiful while remaining isolated. It feels as if he was rejected and the feeling of being accepted. It's such a deep song.

A Formless Present is so beautiful, I can't even explain. The progression that repeats... I wish it went on forever. So simple yet, so amazingly perfect. Every song on here is good. Thank you Buckethead, Thank you.

July 17th 2009


Album Rating: 3.5

I enjoy this album. I didn't rush through it, sometimes i feel buckethead rushed through the making of this album though.

September 28th 2009


Album Rating: 4.0

He rocked so hard Saturday. Such a great show

Not only did he swing his nunchuks, but I caught a a toy from his bag of gifts

Contributing Reviewer
April 27th 2010


Album Rating: 3.5

listening to this right now...so good

October 17th 2010


Album Rating: 4.5

I only picked this one up a few months ago, and man I have fallen in love with it.

Contributing Reviewer
July 1st 2011


Album Rating: 3.5

enjoying this hard right now

Contributing Reviewer
September 25th 2012


Album Rating: 3.5

first few tracks are amazing. it kinda drags in the second half tho

December 17th 2012


Album Rating: 4.0

First try of Buckethead for me and this is really cool, pretty chill stuff

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