Album Review: Puscifer’s ‘Conditions of My Parole’
Conditions of My Parole is the second full length album release by Puscifer, another successful project by Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle).
Though Puscifer is an evolving roster of musicians with Keenan and collaborator Mat Mitchell being the only two permanent members, Keenan and his band of co-conspirators have produced a more focused and elaborate album than Puscifer’s first release, V is for Vagina.
“Tiny Monsters,” the album’s opening track, is filled with ambient synth patches and sounds like a cross between Pink Floyd and A Perfect Circle. Here Keenan welcomes his listener as he sings, “Pull back the curtain and let the show begin,” and prepares the listeners ears for the aural journey that is about to ensue.
This is followed by the track “Green Valley,” which sounds much like something inspired by a spaghetti western film with its acoustic guitar accompanied by a twangy electric guitar which eventually evolves into the distorted guitars we’d expect from Keenan’s projects.
The albums title track, “Conditions of My Parole,” brings out Keenan’s dark humor by telling the story of a man who shoots what can be assumed to have been his lover, who he swears was possessed by some sort of evil.This track treats the listener’s ears to a merge between southern blues, heavy crunching basslines, a hint of industrial sounding synths and some intense drumming compliments of Sarah Jones (Bat for Lashes, New Young Pony Club).
“Tumbleweed,” the closing track, is a mellow tune featuring vocalist Carina Round creating haunting vocal harmonies with Keenan, which are accompanied by a banjo, Spanish guitar and drums heard from a distance. If you’ve enjoyed Keenan’s work with Tool and A Perfect Circle and would like to hear his creative vision in a more sonically diverse and experimental setting, you’ll definitely want to listen Puscifer’s Conditions of My Parole.
Album: Conditions of My Parole
Label: Puscifer Entertainment LLC
Purchase Conditions Of My Parole here.