Puscifer, 'Conditions of My Parole' (Puscifer)

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Conditions of My Parole
Critical Mass
Release Date: October 18, 2011
Label: Puscifer

by Mikael Wood

On the second full-length by his electro-rock side project, Maynard James Keenan sounds no less gloomy (or doomy) than he does with Tool -- see "The Rapture," which ain't about the dance-punk group. But Conditions of My Parole, featuring a supporting cast that includes Keenan's son Devo and ex-Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore, reveals a more reassuring side of a singer better known for willful alienation. "You're not alone," he promises in "Tumbleweed," while a banjo gently weeps; the surprisingly Postal Service-like "Oceans" offers respite to a "weary traveler, callused and sore." He'll leave the black light on for you.

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