Buckethead
Electric Tears


4.5
superb

Review

by hogan900 USER (43 Reviews)
December 10th, 2013 | 34 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The mind behind the mask.

Buckethead is a musician shrouded in mist. It has never been proven what how his voice actually sounds, or what his face presently looks like. There has been some speculation if the man was born with a brain disability such as autism, which could be used to prove his inhumane abilities with the guitar. With hands that could palm a watermelon, Buckethead is able to play at speeds only some other virtuosos are capable of. However, there is a side of Buckethead that many people seem to overlook, and this doppelganger can be found on Electric Tears.

It’s a weird thought to actually try to prove with corresponding facts to each shady detail, but maybe Buckethead is truly two people. One is the man most people recognize, the incredibly fast and ferocious soloist. The other man is a lot stranger and harder to recognize. He excavates poetic beauty into his guitar, stringing together melodies made of gold. The second man does not have a single intent on providing a face melting guitar solo in the bridges, but instead focuses on syncopated guitar lines that combine with beautiful ambience.

This is an album where Buckethead exposes his emotions and intertwines them with the music. From All in the Waiting’s smooth and happy relapse, to Angel Monster’s frightening and troublesome harmony, Electric Tears is a spectrum of poignancy that Buckethead has painted himself. All of the songs contain at least some form of acoustic guitar, while some contain a few electric guitar samples as well. Padmasana has one of Buckethead’s most emotional guitar solos, which plays along cherubically among a peaceful acoustic guitar. Not once has this man sounded so down to earth in his music, yet the complexity of thoughts and emotion scattered throughout the oasis of music makes this album sound extremely heartfelt.

Buckethead proves to be a man of surprises, as this may be one of his most original albums he has ever created. Within a teardrop of electric goodness, Buckethead conveys emotions and thoughts in a way that sounds impossible on paper. Even when songs like The Way to Heaven show signs of faster guitars and melodies, Buckethead stays on a more monotone and calm approach to the music. Though there are some songs that stray a little bit on the boring side of things, there aren’t many flaws to behold. Electric Tears is a defining moment in Buckethead’s career, listen to this album with your eyes closed; and lose yourself amidst the hail of sentimental beauty.



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hogan900
December 10th 2013


2650 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

A short little write up, by far one of my favorite Buckethead albums. Best songs on here would probably be All in the Waiting, Padmasana, and The Way to Heaven.

menawati
December 10th 2013


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ah, one of the ones ive heard, yes i like this a lot good undemanding stuff for doing something else to, pos

hogan900
December 10th 2013


2650 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've heard this to be described as good background music, I did a lot of homework with this playing a while back so that could not be anymore correct.

demigod!
December 10th 2013


49293 Comments


nice review man. I'm actually gonna check this out. I've always dug Buckethead's style but never heard any of his stuff in full.

Digging: Orbital - In Sides

Pestiferous
December 10th 2013


1373 Comments


Not just good for background noise

good nighttime tunes too

hogan900
December 10th 2013


2650 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've always pictured some sort of snowey town for all in the waiting, everything is good for night too though

Pestiferous
December 10th 2013


1373 Comments


It has never been proven what how his voice actually sounds or what his face presently looks like

pikes #13

hogan900
December 10th 2013


2650 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Really? Shit.. Gotta check into that then..

Pestiferous
December 10th 2013


1373 Comments


the cover

hogan900
December 10th 2013


2650 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That him with the curly hair? I've seen black and white pictures of him from a while ago

Pestiferous
December 10th 2013


1373 Comments


yee, holding the guitar

hogan900
December 10th 2013


2650 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, I could tell. Haven't actually seen a color picture of him before though, whose the other guy?

Pestiferous
December 10th 2013


1373 Comments


his dad

the album was dedicated to him because of his illness (kinda like Colma)



MikeC26
December 10th 2013


3376 Comments


nice. love this album - love buckethead. pos

American15
December 10th 2013


2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Wow, never thought this went personally deep. Makes it even better

hogan900
December 10th 2013


2650 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, this is incredibly poignant

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
December 10th 2013


22811 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

mazing album

Digging: Ur Pale - Water Tombs & Crimson Horizons

hogan900
December 10th 2013


2650 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

One of bucketheads best

Rastapunk
December 11th 2013


1290 Comments


ONe of my fav, but I prefer Electric Sea.



hogan900
December 11th 2013


2650 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Electric sea didn't interest me much for some reason



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