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The songs are largely acoustic based, with only the occasional electric guitar (most notably on the dynamic solos that close "Machete"). The music is prominently soothing, sometimes beautiful, and sometimes establishing an ineffable emotional clarity despite the fact that no words are ever spoken. This is a testimony of how expressive Buckethead's guitar playing is. Most of the melody lines are great with a few that are merely good. It's nice that the album included a few string instruments on some of the songs...the interplay between guitar and strings is always nice. Personally, I would have liked to see a piano worked into a song or two -- I really think it would have fit some of the tracks. This is just a wish however, and the lack of a piano doesn't detract from the music.
The music is great, although diversity is a problem. Because every song follows a very formulaic structure the same tempo is used for nearly every song, the CD can feel like a sludge of almost interchangeable tracks. The songs ARE excellent, though, and if you give it enough attention you will see that the music does explore many subtle variations of the main musical idea. Also undermining some of the album's excellent music is the lifeless nature of the looping drums.Read more ›
Ever since I stumbled onto his video Satch Boogie on MTV's Headbanger's Ball in the 80's, Satriani has been my favorite guitarist/musician, supplanting even Alex Lifeson as my own personal sentimental fave. Since then, I have watched with immense satisfaction as Satriani has reaped the well-deserved accolades and commercial success commensurate with a musician of his skill, dedication, mastery and utter love of the guitar.
The list of guitarists whose work I love and admire is too long to name - the worst part is, despite how "deep" I like to think my list is, the terrible truth is that I have barely scratched the surface, even after more than 30 years as a guitar lover.
One of my greatest musical joys is the discovery of some heretofore unexplored talent - shaking my head in awe, amazement or simply humble appreciation at hearing someone create beautiful and often amazing music from the instrument I so dearly love.
Which brings me now to Buckethead.
I have long been aware of Buckethead - he has been hovering at the edge of my musical radar for years. In fact, I recall seeing him guest star with Steve Vai during one of the G3 tours years ago. But sadly I never made the leap and gave his work any attention at all.Read more ›
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Well as a huge fan of Buckethead this cd when it first came out really showed me how universally talented Mr. Brian "BUCKETHEAD" Carroll is. When my ears first heard this cd my mind was shocked that it was Buckethead. "Colma" did not sound like Buckethead's musical style, on my first spins, and had to literally think and ask myself is the same guy? For instance if you take his follow up album "Monsters & Robots" and listen to this "COLMA" cd you will think it is not the same guy.
Some people may have to give this cd a few spins before they get it, but when they get it(if they get it), look out for it will get a lot of ware. This cd is in my opinion the best post modern acoustic/semi-acoustic instrumental album out there. Just a beautifully romantic and yet somehow very bizarre album. This cd is an instrumental brilliance that only bucket could of made. Buckethead really pushed his music to new boundaries on this one.
From the following 13 songs only maybe 3 of them, in my opinion, are mediocre while the rest are really good solid songs and some are some of his best work ever:
1. Whitewash 9/10
2. For Mom 11/10 LOVE THIS SONG!
3. Ghost 8/10
4. Hills of Eternity 8/10
5. Big Sur Moon 12/10 a masterpiece esp live version!!
6. Machete 12/10 awesome pushing the boundries song!
7. Wishing Well 8/10
8. Lone Sal Bug 7/10
9. Sanctum 7.5/10
10. Wondering 7.5/10
11. Watching the Boats With My Dad 7/10
12. Ghost (Pt. 2) 7/10
13. Colma 8/10 I hate this song but it is still good and scary!
Out of the 13 songs these 3 songs are must listens:
2. For Mom
5. Big Sur Moon
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Somewhat mellow, but excellent guitar work. He also has some more aggressive CDs if that is more to your taste.Published 1 month ago by oogaloog
I very rarely give five stars in a review for anything. In the case of Colma however, I can't imagine how this record could be improved. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Allen Whitaker
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