buckethead's best work is when he feels free to be himself and not obliged to consider sounding like someone else, and on this CD he is totally at his best; perhaps having claypool around does not hurt either. i have listened carefully to most of his work and this i believe is head and shoulders above the rest. one has to determine what it is they seek from an artist and in buckethead's case it is his raw fingernumbing bunkerbeat and great turnpike sound. i appreciate his ability to be very tasteful and even classical, but someone who calls himself buckethead has to consider his own invention above all else and that's what he's done on this his finest work, in my book, to date! This CD will not leave you twitching for full throttle because it's all there.
Most people I know who own or have heard this album thought they were buying a straight up guitar player album. THIS IS A WARNING FOR ANY WHO THINKS THIS! The songs are divided into two categories. 1. (robots) These songs sound similar to (but not exactly like) Satriani's "Engine's of Creation". A mix of techno, rap, and guitar music. 2. (monsters) Songs like Primus with more guitar up front (these are my personal favorites). If this sound interesting to you, hurry up and buy it! If not, go buy Satriani or Johnson.
While Colma may have shown the best of Bucket's softer side, Monsters and Robots takes the cake for Buckethead's electric work. And what an album it is. Allow me to take a song-by-song review:
1.) Jump Man- Great song, an effervescent opener that reall gets the blood flowing. Bootsy cracks me up on this track, and all of Buckethead's trademark shredding is in place. 5/5
2.) Stick Pit- Awesome follow-up to Jump Man, Stick Pit continues the shredfest with its high-pitched sampling and non-stop guitar. 5/5
3.) The Ballad Of Buckethead- The "single" from the album, this is really more of a Les Claypool song. Whereas Les sits off to the side on most tracks such as Stick Pit, Revenge of the Double Man, and Nun Chuka Kata, his bass is clearly the centerpoint of this tune. The lyrics are excellent, the bass and drums booming, and Bucket's chilling guitar adds greatly to the song, although minimally- that is, until the solo kicks in. 5/5
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