For a guy who takes his sartorial cues from teenage horror flicks (he plays onstage with a weird sort of hockey mask on his face), Buckethead sure does make pretty music. It was not always thus -- his work with Praxis, for example, has often been pretty challenging. But on this solo project, on which he plays both guitar and bass and is helped out on all tracks by drummer Brain, the material is surprisingly pleasant, bordering at times on the banal. Titles like "Hills of Eternity" and "Wishing Well" are something of a giveaway -- though Brain's beats are fairly funky (and DJ Disc throws in a bit of far-off turntable scratching on a few tracks), these compositions are mostly pretty contemplative, occupying a space just one step away from the new age section. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but there are a couple of problems: the first is that Buckethead is a lousy bass player. Like many guitarists, he seems to think that playing bass is simply a matter of hitting the root of the chord on the downbeat of the measure. A real bassist could have contributed enormously to the proceedings (as Bill Laswell does in his guest turn on "Machete"). Another problem is the unimaginative production, which is overly soft and sweet. That said, "Big Sur Moon" is a cool solo guitar piece, and "Machete" really does cook. The rest is merely very pleasant.
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- Higher Octave
Performance CreditsBuckethead Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar
Bill Laswell Bass
Brian "Brain" Mantia Drums
DJ Disk Turntables
Technical CreditsBill Laswell Producer
Matt Marshall Executive Producer
Robert Musso Engineer
Dan Selene Executive Producer
Mark Leroy Artwork
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Who is Rick Anderson? This is why you should not listen to stuffy music critics. Check out what Buckethead can do, don't be afraid. We should be thankful for buckethead, Rick Anderson, no.
This album is the most beautiful thing I've ever heard (CD wise anyway). Forget the "official" review or whatever by that Rick guy. BucketHead is the greatest guitaris to eve live and it's a shame that it took him so long to get the recognition he deserves. BucketHead usually does heavy and crazy music, but not here- it's all soft acoustic. Seriously, words and stars can not do this album justice. Just get it if you consider yourself a fan of BucketHead, or get it if you think you have good taste(s).
i can't stand buckethead. he is too weird and zany. he worse than steve vai, but steve vai is far more talented and knows how to play crazy songs and still make the songs make since. steve vai is one of my favorites of all-time, buckethead is annoying. but not this time. i was so glad to hear an album that was actually syncopated and sounded beautiful. these are the steps to being an awesome guitar player. buckethead is an awesome shredder, but he can't incoprporate his guitar playing correctly into his songs. but he did it this time. i think this is buckethead's best album. i really like big sur moon. its not super hard to play, but its soooo superb. this is how you get the job done right!!
I don't care what anyone says about Buckethead being weird or he's a freak or whatever! This man is my favorite guitarist of all time. In my opinion, this man is the greatest guitarist of all time. Not because of the shredding and sweeps and speed picking like a maniac, but because he puts soul into his music. If you are a true musician (like myself), and listen to this CD without even thinking of crying, there is just something missing in you! Buy this CD, download it, or whatever it is you do. You will be amazed.