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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 15, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metastation
  • ASIN: B00006JTH4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,959 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

Experience the haunting, beautiful and ethereal side of Buckethead, the fried chicken bucket and white mask-wearing guitar magician who has been described by the likes of Bootsy Collins, Bill Laswell and Carlos Santana as a phenomenal guitar player. Here, Buckethead puts aside his usual ax shredding and calculated mayhem to take the listener on an atmospheric acoustic/electric voyage into his mind. Currently, he is the lead guitarist for Guns 'n Roses, and he also plays lead for Praxis and Giant Robot.

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Buckethead has been in Guns N' Roses only for a short while and he's already breaking the rules. On his eighth solo album, the mysterious, gifted guitar shredder and horror-movie fanatic forgoes all loud noises on a spiritual path to find his inner Buckethead. Electric Tears is a New Age mix of slow, meditative soloing and soft acoustic guitars - including a stately, flamenco-styled ode to jazz great Miles Davis - that's light on effects but heavy on atmosphere. This must be what guitar gods listen to when they go to sleep at night. --Guitar World

Those looking for clues regarding the new G n' R sound will be in for a rude awakening: Electric Tears is a meditative mix of flamenco, New Age and gentle psychedelia. --Rolling Stone

A virtuoso... --Los Angeles Times

Customer Reviews

For awhile that was the only song I could listen to on the album.
D. Miller
Each one of these songs are some of the most creative and beautiful songs that i have ever heard. these are, by far, some of Buckethead's greatest songs.
William Callahan
Buckethead is one of those few musicians who knows how to accurately convey human emotion through the art of music.
D-Man

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Joel Israel on December 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Aaah, Buckethead. The man, the bucket, the mask, the myth. I was first introduced to Buckethead with the classic album "Monsters and Robots", which showcases his infamous and bizarrely schizophrenic style of instrumental guitar wizardry. "Electric Tears", however, shows a meditative, melodic and serene side of the man that was not only unexpected, but extremely enjoyable.

Like floating through a delerious state of near-sleep, this album will send your mind on a surreal inner journey. No percussion, no other instruments of any sort; just layer upon layer of acoustic and electric guitar that will overwhelm you in a wash of melody and texture. Neo-futuristic new age music unlike anything else I've heard. Recommended.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jose Pichardo on August 27, 2005
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One thing that surprises me about buckethead is his versatility, you can listen to his albums and never get the exact same idea, or sound. The Sketches of Spain song, is an arrangement of "Concierto de Aranjuez" a classical piece, so he didnt compose it.

The entire album is incredible, you can sit and listen to it over and over and you wont get bored. It seems that he recorded all the guitars by himself, there are pieces with 2 or 3 guitars, sometimes 4, but mainly 2 guitars, one with the rythm and one with the leads, there are no other instruments, but there are a lot of effects (very well used).

Buckethead is very "conceptual" when he composes, unlike most of the musicians out there, and thats not good or bad, is just something he does. You just read the tittle and you will know what is about. I would dare to say that this is his best work so far, he really comunicates what he wants with his sound, very powerfull cd.

I really like "Colma", and "Electric Tears", but personally dont like his other albums, like cuckoo cloks from hell, and monsters and robots, etc.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 2002
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I never thought that there could be a more soulful, relaxing guitar record than Buckethead's Colma... until I heard Electric Tears. While better known for his shredding ability, Buckethead shows us here that he is more than capable of adding some emotion to his solos. The only instrument on this album is Buckethead's guitar, so it really gives him the freedom to show the sensitive side from Colma even more, and he doesn't disappoint. This album is a must-have, no matter what genre of music you like.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Comstock on March 2, 2003
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There are few albums that I truly consider to be masterpieces. Led Zeppelin's IV, almost any Queen album, and without any doubt Buckethead's Electric Tears. As a drummer I usually stick to music with good drumming, considering that is where I get most of my insperation. But this album is by far one of the most inffluential albums I have heard to date. It is just one man playing his guitar, but yet he does so in a sense that he makes one realize that no vocals, drums, or bass is needed. It is the rawest of emotions conveyed in a beautiful way. It amazes me how a man and his Les Paul can compose such amazing music. I find it a shame that Buckethead is not as widely known as he should be, after all he is the modern day Jiimy Page in terms of his accomplishments. I highly suggest that if you are a fan of Buckethead's older stuff, you pick this up because it is truly his greatest work to date (dare I say best guitar album to date), and is an awesome CD for anyone to add to their collection. It accomplishes the ever difficult task of creating music that fans of heavy metal and progressive rock can enjoy, as well as fit in to the mainstream of pop music. Buckethead can truly be recognized as one of the most innovative and accomplished guitarists since Randy Rhodes. This album is a masterpiece.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Casey Wireman on December 10, 2004
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This cd ranks near the top of my all time favorite Buckethead recordings. While certainly not as heavy as much of his other work, Electric Tears has some of the most beautiful sounds you're likely to hear.

You don't even have to like Buckethead to enjoy this disc. Parents and grandparents alike (mine included!), who normally turn their noses up when you crank Buckethead through the house, have broken down the musical barriers and embraced this disc without knowing that it was the same guitarist who just on the last CD was shredding like there was no tomorrow.

It doesn't take a musical genious to know terrific sounding music when you hear it. I recommend this cd to anyone who enjoys good, soothing music.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Garcia on January 10, 2005
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New becomes old becomes new, up is down, then up again, white is black, parodox is the norm and you begin to get the idea behind Electric Tears. New age melancholy, electric guitar blues, endless riffs that lift your psyche into the new purple haze, drifting into a sightless world that noone sees except those that mask their identity from things around them...only to reveal themselves at last through the myriad delicate movements of meta-fingers gliding across wood and steel to pull you into their opposing views of those things that are us. Excellent cd is this one to be listened to.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By King OCD on November 13, 2003
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I didn't think it could get any better for Buckethead than "Colma," but it has indeed with this latest release, "Electric Tears."
The mellifluous music produced by Buckethead is astonishing, especially "Sketches of Spain (For Miles)." The entire disc consists of one man and the sonorous beauty generated by his guitar. Brilliant.
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