Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Day of the Robot
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, R&B, Rock, Metal
Lord Chimp | Monkey World | 01/23/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Although this album is about 45 minutes long, The Day of the Robot feels like it's over in about 25 minutes. I'm not sure whether this is good or bad. I don't like long songs to _feel_ long (and the song lengths here range from 8 minutes to 13 minutes or so). On the other hand, sometimes Day of the Robot is so unassuming that if you don't pay attention it seems to go by without much impact.It was only after a few listens that I even _noticed_ the good riffs and the nifty programming. The Day of the Robot is, for the most part, a lot less "in your face" than Buckethead's more audacious records like Giant Robot or Monsters & Robots. This album's songs are long, dark, and ambient, relying on liquidy techno rhythms as much as Buckethead's crashing riffs and breakneck solos. There are sections on the first song where the droning guitar riffs sound like little more than white noise. For these reasons, it is more along the lines of "techno-metal" than the actual rock/metal/funk/stuff of the other albums I mentioned. Fortunately, the songs cover lots of ground -- sliding between smashing metal riffs, slap bass solos, long passages of electronic bleeps & blips, and even whirling piano solos - and are still enjoyable. Lots of fun music, as to be expected from Buckethead, but some of is uncharacteristically inconspicuous. I don't want to sound like I'm being too hard on this strange Buckethead album. It's pretty enjoyable, but its positive aspects are difficult to put into words. I guess it's just inexpressible fun."
Psychotic Improv Guitar meets Dizzy Jungle Beats
Lord Chimp | 04/21/1997
(5 out of 5 stars)
"An audio CD by enigmatic guitarist Buckethead. A bold attempt at fusing screaming metallic guitar playing with "drum and bass" programming by a British DJ known as DJ Ninj. Massive grooves, distinctive playing with washes of cascading ambient drones. It makes for an interesting listening. END"
Can electric charge be destroyed???
burningmonk | 07/21/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Day of the Robot is quite a digression from Buckethead's other work, to be sure. However, as an owner of both Day of the Robot and Monsters and Robots, I personally find it a welcome change. Buckethead's talents lie more in his guitar playing than in his musical creativity. I found Monsters and Robots to be a mediocre album at best; the songs ranged from monotonous to just plain stupid, with a couple of decent songs thrown into the mix. Day of the Robot takes Buckethead's skill as a guitarist and combines it with the skill of two talented musicians, Bill Laswell and dj Ninj. Ninj's beats are amazing; his complex drum loops are meticulously planned and complement Buckethead's erratic playing style beautifully. If you want a CD that showcases Buckethead's guitar playing than one of his other CDs would probably suit you better. If, however, you are more a fan of techno/d&b you should check out this album. Oh by the way, does anybody else hear 1) the theme to Super Mario Bros. during the intro synth solo to Quantum Crash and/or 2) the Star-Spangled Banner a la Hendrix during the guitar solo to Caution Drop or am I just hallucinating?"