The first time I heard Buckethead play was on Praxis’ first release. He rocked out. He rocks out on this solo release as well, just not in the same way. Here Mr. Buckethead invites you to kick your shoes off, he throws some Colt 45’s in the fridge for us, and lets us into the inner realms of his sensitivity — and insanity. The album is beautiful and soft, vicious and heavy, flowing and grooving, solid and static. It displays all the styles and moods of this virtuostic guitar player, with emphasis on the smoother side as a whole. Some tracks feature some subtle looped electro beats, while others use a small combo. All of the expeditions on the album are lead by Buckethead’s heavily effected and cool distorted guitar. To back up the man in the bucket is the man with the Midas touch, Mr. Bill Laswell, producer extraordinaire! No wonder this is a smash with two great talents rockin’ it out. The quite reverb and slow moving chords on some of the cuts will suck you in and lose you and then you’ll find yourself thinking about your spoiled past, but don’t get upset cause Buckethead’s gonna make it alright. Give this a try, it is grade A shit. Cyber Octave Music, 23852 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 2C, Malibu, CA 90265; http://www.cyberoctave.com

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