One never really knows what to expect from Buckethead, although the fact that Bucketheadland, Vol. 2 is intended as a sequel/continuation of Bucketheadland points the way, at least conceptually. The original Bucketheadland was a crazy sort of heavy metal P-Funk space opera that had something to do with Buckethead opening an amusement park and doing battle with the evil Slipdisc in the process. Oh yeah, and lots of Wille Wonka samples. Bucketheadland, Vol. 2 picks up after the park has opened, and (sort of) describes some of the rides and attractions featured there. The tunes are mostly Buckethead's trademark light-speed heavy metal riffs and runs, separated/interrupted by little spoken bits (including Bootsy Collins). A couple of Bootsy's bits are pretty funny, as in "Frozen Brains Tell No Tales" where he singsongs "Buckethead's a psycho, he's a total psycho" then announces "he's got a bucket on his heeeaaad!" just before the big solo. On "Carpal Tunnel Tomb Torker" Bootsy proclaims, "I'm coco for cuckoo puffs!" There are also a number of hilarious/disturbing brief acoustic numbers like "Taxidermy Tots," "The Ballad of the Inside-Out Face," and "Fun for You." Deranged, hilarious, and virtuosic, Bucketheadland, Vol. 2 is easily one of Buckethead's most enjoyable releases.
AllMusic Review by Sean Westergaard