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Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains


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4 stars 'Colonel Claypool's (Les Claypool from 'Primus') Bucket (Buckethead) of Bernie (Bernie Worrell from 'Parliament-Funkadelic' and 'Talking Heads') Brains (Bryan 'Brain' Mantia from 'Primus', 'Guns n Roses', 'Godflesh')' is the name of another supergroup headed by Mr. Claypool. The band is also known as 'C2B3'. Their only album to date is 'The Big Eyeball in the Sky' and is the band's homage to the experimental, non-commercial music of 'The Residents' and 'Frank Zappa'. That's quite an impressive vision. Gabby La La also provides background vocals for two of the tracks. She has worked with Claypool previously on two of her solo albums and also in 'Les Claypool's Fancy Band'.

'Buckethead' is the first track, named after you know who. It starts with calliope/circus style keyboards. A guitar heralds in Claypool's signature vocals about the amazing guitarist. There is plenty of Buckethead's ripping guitar and Worrell's organ solos throughout the track and it is everything you would expect, with a mostly Primus feel to it. 'Thai Noodles' starts off with the unique bass sound of Claypool and heavy drums. The music is more complex this time around with a tricky rhythm and silly lyrics. Bass and organ stand out on this track. 'Tyranny of the Hunt' starts with a cool guitar riff and sets the pace for the track. There is a great funk vibe in this one, and it will definitely please Primus fans. The FZ inspired lyrics really show through on this one, so be warned: sensitive ears will be offended.

'Elephant Ghost' is the first instrumental of the album and clocks in at 10 minutes. It is a great departure from the previous tracks in that it is more experimental and jazz oriented. There are several processed effects going on under everyone taking part in this great track. The keyboards are slick and snazzy. The guitar is being plucked in a frenzy, but keeping with a more smooth sound than a heavy sound. It does get heavier later however. This is an excellent jam track that at times is reminiscent of the 'Phish' vibe with enough structure to keep you alert throughout.

'Hip Shot from the Slab' has rather simple repeating lyrics featuring Claypool and Gabby singing strange vocals and a heavy bass line. It gets quite frantic as Buckethead is free to improvise as it goes along. 'Junior' is another great Primus sounding track with more silly lyrics and crazy instrumentation. Buckethead and Worrell give the band a more unique sound that reminds you that this is still different from Primus, but Primus lovers like myself will still love this. 'Scott Taylor' is another instrumental that starts with that circus music vibe, but soon erupts into a nice Heavy Progressive Rock sound drenched with guitar and keys.

'The Big Eyeball in the Sky' features a cool chorus with both Les and Gabby singing rapid fire. There are some great instrumental effects going on throughout. This is followed by another instrumental called 'Jackalope'. This one is quite bass heavy with cool organ on top of everything. Heavy funkiness prevails. '48 Hours To Go' is a song about and against the Bush Administration and their hunger for oil and war. Buckethead gives another ripping guitar solo in the middle and there is still plenty of hard bass. 'Ignorance is Bliss' ends the album with another song with piercing anti political/religious lyrics. This one is less funky and more progressive.

Any Primus fan will be happy with this album, but even if you are not necessarily a Primus fan, there is a good chance that you will like it anyway, especially if you like the hard driving progressive rock of Buckethead or the funkiness of P-Funk. There is so much going on in this, and the overall vibe is heaviness. There are a few minor weaknesses in some of the middle tracks, but the instrumentals are amazing and since I love Primus and Les Claypool, I come away feeling mostly satisfied. Great album!

TCat | 4/5 |


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