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Buckethead Pike Reviews

(A review of Pike 51 – Claymation Courtyard by Buckethead) released April 14th 2014

Good evening everybody, today we're back with another deep dive into one of guitar hero Buckethead's most popular pike albums, Claymation Courtyard. So, let's begin. Woo!!

Released April 14th 2014, Pike 51 Claymation Courtyard was the first of four albums to be released that month, with 2014 delivering a total of 60 pike album releases.

And it's fair to say that the cover art of Pike 51 is quite possibly the most memorable of all the Pike albums ever released. Illustrated by Buckethead's (censored) P-Sticks it's simple, yet glorious! And it's one of the few pikes to be released with it's original cover art, with Buckethead later releasing hand drawn covers further in the series.

Pike 51 opens up strongly with the title track 'Claymation Courtyard', driven along with it's excellent feel good riff. At just under 5 minutes it doesn't go too long in the tooth and set's the tone perfectly for the rest of the album.

And on to Track 2 'Disintegration Mirrors'. Fuck. There's really not enough adjectives to describe how insane the guitar work on this song is. It's right up there with some of the finest work Buckethead has ever done. 14 minutes of being absolutely blown away. Instant classic. 5 stars all day. Masterpiece.

Track 3 the excellently named 'Chainsaw Slide' is the shortest track on the album, clocking in at just under 2.5 minutes and although enjoyable, feels kind of a standard song that for me doesn't quite hit the heights that the rest of the album delivers. Although, to be fair it does follow 'Disintegration Mirrors' which is like the kiss of death.

The fourth and final track is 'Eerie Canal'. Bloody terrific! Practically picking up where Disintegration Mirrors left off, it builds and builds, given off a classic rock anthem vibe like only Buckethead can do.
Does it top 'Disintegration Mirrors'? Ah, I'd say it's probably a tie. Either way, both songs are 5 star gems and alone are worth the price of admission.

After adding up my rating for each song, it came to a glorious 82.5%, which I'd categorize as Awesome. And Pike 51 is indeed that! An excellent Pike, that's right up there with the absolute best of them, thanks in big part to 2 powerhouse 5 star masterpieces. Buckethead's Claymation Courtyard is shocking!

So, what's your rating for Pike 51?
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 51 is 20. Then times it by 100.

Pike 51 'Claymation Courtyard' RATINGS (out of 5)

1. Claymation Courtyard  ***¾ (3.75)
2. Disintegration Mirrors   ***** (5)
3. Chainsaw Slide   **¾  (2.75)
4. Eerie Canal   ***** (5)

Total = 16.5 out of 20 (Album = 82.5%, Awesome!!)

Album length: 30:00


To get YOUR score = rate each song out of 5 stars, add up your total and divide it by the total score possible (amount of tracks x 5). Then times it by 100.

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



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