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Buckethead Pike Reviews

A review of Pike 127 'Paint to the Tile' by Buckethead, released April 12th 2015.

Good evening everybody, today we're going back to bucketheadland to visit Buckethead's 127th Pike album 'Paint to the Tile'. So, let's begin. Woo!!

Released April 12th 2015, Pike 127 was the 3rd of 9 albums released that month, in a year that saw Buckethead release an astonishing 118 Pike albums. Crazy.

The 5 track album kicks off with it's title track 'Paint to the Tile'. At just under 8 minutes its the albums longest track starting off chill, picking up tempo as it goes along, before going into some power chord rock riffage and ending with a subtle guitar solo overlay. Excellent pacing, easily accessible and a great start to the album.

Track 2 'Rattle' comes next, starting with slow heavy rock riffage that has shades of AC/DC's Angus Young written all over it, before going into an excellent understated blues rock guitar solo around the 2 minute mark until the songs conclusion. Glorious.

Track 3 'Shell' is an alternative rocker and one of those songs that could only come from the mind and hands of the master. It's placement on the album is perfect and though not as good as the previous two tracks, its still solid and enjoyable. Good stuff.

Track 4 'Faire Realm' is the albums shortest track at just under 3.5 minutes and slows things back down with some excellent reverb delay style noodling. Much like track 3 its album placement and shift of direction is perfect for the albums flow and the for songs enjoyment.

The album concludes with it's 2nd longest track 'Imprint 1'. Does Buckethead have the blues? You're damn right he does. An excellent 7.5 minute blues jam and a great way to end the album. The bends on this one are fantastic and there's not a wasted note in site. The 7.5 minute backing track might be get a bit repetitive for some people but, when you got the blues, you just gotta go with it.

Overall, Pike 127 is one of the more enjoyable, better flowing and more diverse pike albums out there, having everything from chill to rock to alt rock to blues. Whilst the songs are good by themselves, the real enjoyment lies in listening to the album as a whole. This is a Pike thats not often talked about, but needs to be.

After adding up the rating I gave for each track, It came to an impressive 72%, which I'd categorize as Very Good . You can find my individual song ratings and break down on our website natternet.com

So, what's your rating for Pike 127?
To work out what percentage you'd give the album, rate each song out of 5 stars, add up your total and divide it by the total score possible, which for Pike 127 is 25 . Then times it by 100.

So is Buckethead's 'Paint to the Tile' underrated? What do you think?

 

Pike 127 'Paint to the Tile' RATINGS (out of 5)
1. Paint to the Tile  ****  (4)
2. Rattle   ****  (4)

3. Shell   ***¼  (3.25)
4. Faire Realm   ***  (3)
5. Imprint 1  ***¾  (3.75)

Album length: 29:02

Total = 18 out of 25 (Album = 72%, Very Good)

1-20 % = Poor
20- 40 % = Below Average
40-60 % = Average
60-80 % = Good
80-100 % = Awesome!

 

Buy the album HERE

 

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