Puscifer - C Is For (Please Insert Sophomoric Genitalia Reference Here) EP
Puscifer Entertainment
Atmospheric Industrial Rock
6 songs (28:56)
Release year: 2009
Reviewed by Goat

The newest project from Tool/A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan is very much a continuation of his career so far. Fans of A Perfect Circle especially will be at home with Puscifer, MJK’s instantly-recognisable voice an eternal comfort even as the musical backing shifts between the Industrial clanging of Polar Bear and the R&B beats of The Mission. That latter track is without a doubt the most commercial he’s ever been, a catchy duet with Milla Jovovich (yes, her from those godawful Resident Evil films) yet I can’t help but think of Mike Patton jiving with Norah Jones on his Peeping Tom project – of course, Keenan hasn’t got the same fame for crazed experimentalism that forgave Patton‘s foray into Pop, nor does Milla give quite as career-shaking a performance as the easy-listening Jones did as she pumped up the sexiness and used words that would astonish her usual audience. Despite all that, it’s a more than interesting song, and the other pieces more than make up for it, especially the opening Polar Bear, restrained and intense with an understated melodious elegance that simply begs for repeat listening.

It is an EP, so there’s no structure to the placing of songs – a couple of live renditions follow, Momma Sed and Vagina Mine, the former a percussion and guitar-backed slow-burner that could have been written by A Perfect Circle, the latter a gentle Tooly track. Fine, there’s been a lot of criticism of Puscifer from Tool fans, chiefly because Keenan is filling his time with this rather than a new Tool album, but it’s far from unworthy of his name. The likes of Potions (Deliverance Mix) are easily up there with past glories, and whilst it’s hardly pushing any musical envelopes, this is a solid collection of songs that’s sure to please fans of 2007’s V For Vagina, and will inspire those who missed it to catch up.

Killing Songs :
Polar Bear, Momma Sed (live), Potions (Deliverance Mix), The Humbling River
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