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  • Vinyl (October 18, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Puscifer Ent
  • ASIN: B005G4915A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,250 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Recorded in early 2011 amidst the wine barrels at Maynard James Keenan's Caduceus Cellars, Conditions of My Parole is the culmination of a three-year period that introduced Puscifer to music fans and challenged the concept of what a band can be. When Keenan formally began work on Puscifer in 2007 it was a loosely formed idea that the Tool front man had conceptualized since his days in Los Angeles comedy clubs and continued ruminating on while contributing to Mr. Show. The goal? Find the intersection of music, comedy and technology. It took nearly two decades before the multimedia extravaganza that would be Puscifer was able to see fruition, with the required technology for integrated video pieces and quick set changes to be affordable and portable enough to work as a touring entity. The debut album, V is for Vagina, arrived in late 2007 with Puscifer further refining who and what it was exactly over the course of multi-night live shows throughout 2009. Over and over again the question was asked, ''What is Puscifer?'' and even within the core group of musicians it was hard to put the idea in to words. So let's answer that question. Puscifer is a real band and a touring troupe that use the quirky Verde Valley area of Arizona as inspiration. A hostile territory with deadly wildlife, ghost towns and a mix of characters sublimely at odds with each other and their landscape, the region is not so dissimilar to the music Puscifer creates: danceable, diverse and at times dangerous. * Puscifer's debut album, ''V is for Vagina,'' has sold over 100K domestically * Maynard James Keenan's combined U.S. sales total over 10 million * Puscifer will do a five-week U.S. tour in November/December * Maynard has a Facebook reach of over 1 million people and a dedicated mailing list of 125K * Oct. 27 performance on The Late Show with David Letterman * Expect press coverage ranging from music outlets like Rolling Stone, Revolver and Spin to culture magazines like Nylon

Customer Reviews

One of the things I love about this album is that no two songs sound like any other.
Robert Kendrick
These two albums made me listen to Tool and A perfect circle in a totally different way, I get so much more out of their music now.
If you're a fan of Tool, APC, or just like hearing original and creative music, I highly recommend this album!
Keith Deuser

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37 of 45 people found the following review helpful By toolfan2232 on October 18, 2011
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Been listening to it on my computer for weeks until the release day..... finally got to buy it and play it on my Bose system in my car and WOW!!!!! It sounds sooooo good. I cannot describe the difference this makes when putting it on a good system.

1st song: Tiny Monsters. Wasn't really into it at first but after now getting a good listen on some decent speakers, the synths and bass breakdown in the middle of the song is just mind blowing and keeps the song flowing at an awesome pace throughout the end. Just crank this one up and let it hit you.

2nd song: Green Valley. Maynard gets to show off his vocals and show everyone why he is one of the great vocalists of our time in the early stages of this song. Carina Round joins him in perfect harmony, and then the bassline slowly fades in before the drums crash in, bassline picks, up and carries this one the rest of the way. Very solid song to set up the rest of the album.

3rd song: Monsoons: Very electronic sounding with synths the whole way through. Maynards vocals also sound amazing in this one..... On previous puscifer albums he used his deep robotic sounding voice.... but in this song he goes back to his apc type vocals and they really shine on this track.

4th song: Telling Ghosts: Starts of with a haunting guitar strum that blasts into the drums and Maynard yelling "the more you take the more you need..." keeping a rather high pace for a few seconds before coming back down with some really good sounding guitar parts along with maynard vocs..... then picks right back up with a solid bass sound that will have your head starting to bob up and down. I really like the pace of this song by how it slows down and picks back up several times throughout the track. Carina Round with supporting backup vocals.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert on October 18, 2011
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Puscifer started as a way for Maynard James Keenan (of Tool and A Perfect Circle fame) to express some of the wilder, stranger music he wanted to make. While that is still definitely present in "Conditions of My Parole", it is also obvious that Puscifer has truly grown up and come into its own with this album. It is, in short, a breathtaking masterpiece, and a wonderful new direction for this band.

From the quiet crooning of "Tumbleweed" to the beautiful lamentations of "Horizons", the listener truly feels like they are taking part in a grand adventure, and at heart that's really what this is; the travelogue of a journey out West and all of the sorrow, desire, adventure, and hope that go along with it.

If you've been at all interested in anything Puscifer or MJK himself have made before, do yourself a favor and pick this up. This is the type of beauty and growth that most projects can only dream of.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Deven on October 23, 2011
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Like everything Mr. Keenan does, it's hard to digest this all in one bite. Every album he and his various minstrels create evolves slowly to me. Rarely have I felt the same way about a Tool, A Perfect Circle, or Puscifer song as the first time it made its way into my head. Conditions of my Parole is no different.

It's a strange beast to be sure, and can be off-putting if you're not careful. The second you hit play (or drop the needle if you're old school) you're greeted by a beat that sounds like something Chris Brown would dance to. It's almost as if Maynard is daring you to stop listening. But you can't. You want to know what's behind door number two. The answer: a pretty good album.

The soundscape reflects immensely on their recording location of choice: Maynard's vineyard. You can almost picture them hammering out these songs in a cellar at two in the morning, sipping a Cabernet, then going to bed with smiles on their faces. Tracks like Green Valley, Telling Ghosts, and Tumbleweed could all pass for spaghetti western fodder (I hope you're listening Mr. Tarantino). The desert vibe is pretty palpable.

None the less, Conditions' architecture is a familiar one for Puscifer fans. Many of the band's themes are intact here. The album is solemn, savage, and stripped. Toma is your upbeat equivalent to Dozo. Man Overboard is the groovy answer for The Mission. And the title track serves as immature schtick in the same vein as Country B**er (It's a shame that song came to Maynard so early. It would have made a great home on this album). For me the standout is Monsoons, a sweeping epic that builds in the verses and thrills in the chorus when Devo Keenan contributes some beautiful cello play.

This album was a grower, not a shower.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jgcrackerass on October 24, 2011
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Hahah, I just read a negative review saying this album didn't sound like Puscifer. There's like what? 100 revolving members of Puscifer? How many artists have contributed to how many songs Puscifer has released? Puscifer doesn't sound like anyone, not even themselves, because it's a constantly evolving project. It's a collaboration of musicians, brought together by Maynard, that create whatever kind of music they feel like creating. Puscifer is just another avenue for Maynard's creative voices that aren't satisfied by everything else he's doing. It sounds like whatever he wants it to sound like. Anyone arguing that this album is sub-par because it doesn't sound like something else, or it does sound like something else, is a completely ridiculous argument. Furthermore, anyone claiming this is a sub-par album because it is poorly produced is either just a troll, or has absolutely no knowledge whatsoever about what's involved in creating music. Now, if you don't like this album, that's fine, everyone has their own tastes in music, but please don't act like there's some fundamental reason for it other than it's just not your "cup of tea." Having said all that, I think this album is great. It's creatively more advanced than their first album, and if you look at C is for... as sort of a bridge between this and the first album, then you can really see how the music has progressed. Having said that, I really had no idea what to expect when I first spun this LP and was very pleasantly surprised. Those looking for Tool or APC should continue to look elsewhere (namely Tool or APC albums) but anyone looking for a more relaxed and experimental sound should be happy with at least a few Puscifer songs. Not everybody will like everything they produce, because they cover such a broad range of musical styles.Read more ›
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