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Colma CD

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Fourth studio album by the alternative rock guitarist who recorded the album for his mother, sick with colon cancer at the time, so she could enjoy listening to it while recovering.

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On his third solo album, Colma, Buckethead has refined his fluid, impressively articulate guitar style, exacting a precise and occasionally jazzy tone from his instrument. Encompassing a tremendous range in both tempo and expression, Buckethead is an ideal guitar hero for the year 2000. Melodic, psychotic, and with loads of flash, he has all the burning technique of folks like Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, but remains steadfastly oblivious to any real commercial considerations. Accompanied by bassist Bill Laswell, drummer Brain (Primus), DJ Disc, and cellist Terry Untalan, Buckethead embraces a plaintive, near-ambient sound structure while occasionally unleashing torrid spasms and blinding guitar runs. Alternating between gentle, haunting lyricism and meta-metal explorations, Buckethead engages in instrumental guitar warfare like no other. --Mitch Myers
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 24, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: March 24, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: CyberOctave
  • ASIN: B0000067WV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,943 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If you're a Buckethead fan, you're invariably drawn to his inventive technique, his furious yet tasteful blend of speed, heaviness, and melody, not to mention his quirky sense of humor. As such, Colma will be a surprise for many people. Here, Buckethead sheds all his pseudo-metal bombast in favor of a slow and mellow album of incredible beauty. Many fans might be turned off (or even put to sleep) by the change in sound, but if you don't mind lighter, less intense aural experiences, Colma proves to be rewarding album.
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.
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As a decades-long hack guitar player, my musical tastes are fairly predictable in general. To me, hearing the guitar played well, regardless of silly genre cliches, classifications or context is always a great joy and never fails to lift my mood, engross my mind or, best of all, simply makes me smile. And while my musical tastes are all over the place, nothing will ever supplant the love I have for great guitar work.

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.
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I personally love this album because Buckethead changes his playing style from diminished robot-esque solos (not that those aren't sick) to simple chords and melodies with the occasional slow solo. His fast solos are amazing too, this guy is one of the few people I know who can pick and fingerpick at the same time. My favorite song on the album has to be Big Sur Moon, he plays this song each time he gets a solo spot, even did it when he was in GNR and played it at Rock N Rio. To me, this is like his "Eruption."
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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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