- Shin Terai
ION Records 2001
by Terry Wickham
Worrell sets up the Shin Terai experience with a welcoming organ
piece "Clue." Next the positive vibe of the record is established
with "Dinner of Heaven." Bill Laswell's bass is happy and Nicky
Skopelitis' rhythm guitar and sitar is nothing but a good time.
4 minutes into the song, Buckethead enters and he really pushes
the song into pleasantry. In "Emotional Intelligence" the band bonds
to take you to a higher level of listening pleasure. Every note,
beat propels the song forward. Shin Terai's beats, loops and programming
lets Laswell, Skopelitis and Buckethead shine.
gets down with a nasty beat and Skopelitis hypnotic rhythm guitar.
Damn, Laswell can groove the hell out of that bass. The soft guitar
touches by Skopelitis and Buckethead are pure magic. Just when you
thought you were safe from the groove, the band lays it on you again
with the next song "Tag of War." Huge, deep foundation will pull
you down into its core. Shin Terai's beat and Laswell's effects
are staggering. The little funky sounds infect the song with musical
pixie dust. Buckethead's lead guitar is out of this world. The keys
at the end of the song are awesome.
rhythm in "Dream Catcher" mesmerizes me and then Bucket slices his
electric guitar in like a machete. Worrell's organ synthesizer or
clavinet makes some unusual pretty sounds in this track. Four and
a half minutes in Buckethead blasts off into the heavens with astonishing
lead playing. "From Texas" is funky, with Worrell's organ dominating
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