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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2013
Warning: pretentious music elitist douchebaggery forthcoming

Whenever I evaluate an artist whose work I've followed for years, it can be difficult to remain objective when reviewing their latest offering. To clear up any biased affectations, I ask myself a simple question after the first listen of their latest album: "Would I recommend this as the first introductory album to someone who has never listened to this band?" Unfortunately, this is the first-ever MJK album that I would answer the question with an immediate, flat-out "No".

Don't get me wrong. 'Bohemian Rhapsody' is adeptly executed, but is lacking any of the originality that has always defined the still-young Puscifer project; it struck me as being a vanity vehicle for MJK to prove to himself and the fans that, YES, he can still sing (and do it well). Tool fans will feel like a middle schooler at a strip club after checking out 'Breathe'- the tease is there, but we're going to have to wait for who knows how long before we can get our fill. My personal favorite was 'Balls to the Wall'- another cover, yes, but exquisitely done with the creative flair I'd come to expect from this talented musical collective.

The irksome bit is that, well, there's technically only four songs. Granted, the remixes are unique enough to stand on their own, but just because a remix has been included on an album doesn't mean it's good. The 'Silent Servant's El Guapo Mix' of 'Balls to the Wall' is a study in lazy, uninspired electronic nonsense (and curiously reminiscent of the 'Terminator' soundtrack). If you're going to play the same percussive loop, throw us more than a rare sonic layer to keep us from going into an autistic trance, mmmkay?

Everyone's a critic, opinions are like rectums, et cetera. This EP isn't quite a letdown, but far from a triumph. Perhaps Keenan would do well to review his previous genius of perfectionism in compiling material, and restraint in selecting which material to release to his fanbase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2013
The remixes aren't up to Puscifer-par imo, but who cares. Dear Brother, Breather, and the cover of Balls to the Wall are all fantastic.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2013
I was a bit worried at first when I saw that this EP was going to be mostly remixes and covers, but I'll put that fear to rest. Every song in this collection has an identity of its own, and I'm ecstatic to own it.

Bohemain Rhapsody is incredibly faithful to the original while adding just enough individuality to make it a Puscifer song. Balls to the Wall somehow manages to be mellow while still maintaining the feel of the Accept original. Dear Brother and Breathe are the two Puscifer original compositions, and both are among my favorites on the EP.

Overall, a great collection of songs. Only one stands out in my mind as a disappointment - Balls to the Wall "Silent Servant El Guapo Mix."
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2013
Alright, I have to say right off the bat that this is pretty bad. It sounds like they just set the synths and drum machines to "80's groove" and slapped some lyrics over it. Very minimal effort.

So, hopefully the bright side is that Maynard is putting his efforts back into Tool.

I hate to give this such a bad review, being such a big fan of Tool, APC and Puscifer but it really is that bad. I know what MJK is capable of...

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2013
This album is genius. It's NOTHING LIKE "Conditions of My Parole." If you're a big Puscifer fan, you probably know that each album is different from the last, and many of those albums are just remixes of old tracks.

This album is all new tracks, and the cover of Bohemian Rhapsody is just faithful enough that the casual listener probably wont even know that it isn't the original recording, but anyone that has heard BR on any soundsystem that wasn't in a bar or a stadium will hear that it has its own flavor as well. "Balls to the Wall" is a fantastic recreation of the original, and the remix is good too. Really, they're all great. BUY THIS NAOW!!!
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on January 26, 2014
My husband LOVES this CD. Says it's their best! Listens to it all the time on full blast in his truck!
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on December 29, 2013
Wonderful EP, love the cover of Bohemian rhapsody. Maynard is a music god, and everything he does is absolutely incredible.
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on December 28, 2013
Great album, great band, great artist. So far, Puscifer has been an awesome project that keeps me waiting for more of their music.
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on December 27, 2013
I love Maynard and everything he does. This album is good but too short. I always wish it wasnt over.
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on December 21, 2013
This is a great album, but I think most people were disappointed when they realized what an EP was. An extended play is like a longer demo. Still the songs are great. I enjoyed it.
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