Population Override

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Population Override
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Studio album by Buckethead
Released March 30, 2004 (CD)
January, 2015 (Vinyl)
Genre Jazz fusion, progressive rock, experimental rock, blues rock
Length 55:22
Label ION
Buckethead chronology
Island of Lost Minds
(2004)Island of Lost Minds2004
Population Override
The Cuckoo Clocks of Hell
(2004)The Cuckoo Clocks of Hell2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Population Override is the twelfth studio album by Buckethead, but it could be seen as his first full collaboration with keyboardist Travis Dickerson. The album is a tribute to the "great vinyl records of the '60s and '70s",[2] with songs more often than not drifting off into long jams.

The album was written after the sessions for the album "Brain Circus", by Cornbugs, which features Buckethead, Bill "Choptop" Moseley, Pinchface and Travis Dickerson. This album was the start of other albums like Gorgone, Chicken Noodles, and Left Hanging.

The cover shows several buildings from downtown Toronto, including the Royal York Hotel and the Canada Trust Tower.[4][5]

In January 2015, the label re-issued the album on vinyl format on a limited pressing of 1000 copies. The vinyl version was originally intended to feature the album by itself, but due to the length of the album, it would not be able to fit in a single LP and would be too little for 2LPs. Instead, the label tried to find outtakes coming from these sessions in order to fill the gap resulting from pressing the album on 2LPs, but Dickerson explained that there were no outtakes left from these sessions. Instead, the label decided to go ahead with the re-issue by filling the gap with 6 bonus songs, 3 from the album Cobra Strike and the other 3 from Funnel Weaver.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Unrestrained Growth" 7:47
2. "Too Many Humans" 8:28
3. "Population Override" 8:37
4. "Humans Vanish" 0:33
5. "Cruel Reality of Nature" 3:49
6. "A Day Will Come" 8:34
7. "Earth Heals Herself" 6:38
8. "Clones" 4:33
9. "Super Human" 4:49
10. "..." 1:34
Total length: 55:22