Buckethead and I had talked about doing a bit of a nod to some
of the great vinyl records of
of the '60s and '70s for some time. Some of the records we were talking about included John Mayall's
Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton, Hendrix's "Electricladyland," Traffic and some of the post-James Brown-inspired
funk of the '70s. After finishing the sessions that became the Cornbugs' "Brain Circus," where the three of us
-- Bucket, Pinchface and I -- jammed under Choptop's vocalizing, we thought the circumstances might be right.
So, armed with his white Les Paul and my brother's old Tele, Bucket turned his amp up to 10, I threw an analog
synth on top of my suitcase Rhodes and pushed them next to my Hammond B3. Pinch played my studio Gretsch
kit, and for two days we played for hours while the tape rolled. Over the next few weeks we culled the stuff
we thought had the vibe we were looking for, added bass and a few guitar and keyboard overdubs.
Thanks to Big D, who after listening to the tracks came up with
the inspired concept and song titles, and
Frankenseuss, who came up with the equally inspired marriage of images to the concept.
Here are some listener reviews from Amazon.com:
One of the best since Colma, and Giant Robot...., June 13, 2004
Reviewer: Wes from Wilmington, NC
Buckethead has done it again. Another masterpiece.
Buckethead has put out many records over the years, and this one is by far one of his greatest ever.
Most of his albums consist of heavy guitars, drums, electronic samples, and weird people talking in-between songs. This album "Population Override" is mellowed out with softer guitars, lot's of keyboard, and drums. No weird people talking, slaughterhouse massacres, or dying chickens.
If you really want to know the sound, it is a combination of Colma, Electric Tears, Praxis: Transmutation, and some elements from Somewhere over the Slaughterhouse.
psycho sonics! great stuff, May 26, 2004
Reviewer: fretwell_2000 from eva, tn United States
As far as innovative instrumentals goes this release has a guitar player eagerly searching for sonic bliss in buzz effects that you can't comprehend until you actually listen to tracks 6 .Talent is a word that doesn't encompass the soul this guitar player can deliver as well as funcky as well as "not in his right mind" compositions .Just fun,smart ecoustics .What else can you ask for?This cd is not for the stupid or easily bored .
Awesome instrumental music., May 11, 2004
Reviewer: A music fan from TEXAS
There is a special connection that Buckethead has with the people he works with. Somehow buckethead complements their talents with his own. The best example of this is with his work with keyboardist Travis Dickerson. In my opinion those two musicians should write and produce as many albums as possible because they allways bring out the best of each other. This album just blew me away. If you like Thanantopsis albums then you will love this one in fact the only reason I see it was released as a bhead solo album instead was cos Pinchface was the drummer and speaking of pinchface he really surprised me how he could fit in this album that really did not seem his style. This album is "soothing" it's "relaxing" and yet it still somehow rocks! I can see a jazz fan likeing it and yet I can see a rocker loving it as well. Simply ravishing!!!
Bucket's Best, April 20, 2004
Reviewer: A music fan from Raleigh, NC United States
It seems like every Buckethead CD is different. Some almost unbearable like bucketheadland 2 which I admit it shows great talent when there is no annoying and sometimes funny voices. It just wears thin afterwhile. And others just blow my mind like Colma and Electric Tears. You have to appreciate all of Bucket's albums though. But this new album is probably the best yet. Population Override is just plain and simply a great album which shows his great talent. This is my pick for album of the year so far with nothing else to compare it too with today's awful watered down pop. Was this review helpful to you?
A Transcendant Culmination, April 16, 2004
Reviewer: musichead (see more about me) from Philadelphia, PA United States
As a hardcore Buckethead fan owning every gosh darn thing he's done, this CD hits an all-time peak. It all comes together here: his incredible shredding, yes, but also his melancholic melodicism and subtle touches of atmospheric delight. Also riding this wave crest are Pinchface, who sounds more in the pocket than ever, and good ol' Travis, tearing up the keys and burnin' up the mix. The production is cleaner than ever, yet warm & full.
Truly a transcendant culmination of talents.
Prepare,..., April 16, 2004
Reviewer: Chang from Around,...
From my experience listening to another Bucket CD, always one thing is for certain. The title of the album and titles for the tracks match the music, mood, meaning and feel right on the mark.
Population Override is a statement of your own perception thanks ta Bucket/Pinch/'n'Trav,...from the jump of Unrestraind Growth ever evolving, to the quick glimse of how Humans might just vanish, and other down right funked out...make ya think about it...melodies of Too Many Humans,...This album is Justice through every track node. Do yourself a favor and get some high quality headphones, dig in, and prepare-its for the journey of Population Override.
Hang Tuff and Die Hard...
Here is allmusic.com's review:
|Population Override shows off still another side of the enigmatic virtuoso Buckethead. In the past, he seemed to sway between seriously heavy metal (like Cuckoo Clocks of Hell), more contemplative works (like Electric Tears), and drum'n'bass or electronica-influenced albums (like Day of the Robot and Bermuda Triangle). Featuring Travis Dickerson on keys and Pinchface on drums (and Buckethead on guitars and basses), Population Override is as close to an instrumental early Funkadelic album as almost anyone has gotten (think "Maggot Brain). These are actually tunes, not just riffing showcases, and Buckethead plays with an astonishing sense of depth and feeling; there are very few of his trademark hyperspeed licks. "Unrestrained Growth" uses a riff close to "Cosmic Slop," and "Too Many Humans" evokes the same melancholy that Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing" does. "A Day Will Come" adds a bit more crunch to the guitar, while "Humans Vanish" is a delicate solo guitar piece, and he finishes with a pretty straight blues on "...." All in all, this is Buckethead's most consistent, enjoyable work, with great playing and almost none of the flash he has displayed on previous releases. Excellent. -- Sean Westergaard|
|Population Override is Buckethead's collaboration with keyboardist/producer Travis Dickerson, and the tall guitarist states, "The best playing I’ve done yet!” This may the album for those instrumental guitar fans who haven't yet gotten into the chicken fried six stringer, as superlatives such as "soulful", "proficient", "melodic", "blues-fired", "barn-burning" and "biting" apply to the eleven, improvisationally enhanced instrumentals, which differ significantly from the great majority of tracks found on Buckethead's discography. Throbbing, groove filled drum work by Pinchface, and some exuberant keyboard riffage my Dickerson make Population Override one of the best picks for people who still have yet to discover what this prolific guitarist can deliver - and a must-have for the current Buckethead faithful. Instrumental Guitar (Electric (Heavy)/Hard Rock/Rock), total running time, 55:22|