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Maynard James Keenan has earned plenty of cache as the frontman of both Tool and A Perfect Circle, and he wastes it all on “V” Is for Vagina, the musical manifestation of his multimedia side project Puscifer. For all the talent assembled for the album (collaborators include members of Nine Inch Nails, Primus, King Crimson, Dillinger Escape Plan, and Rage Against the Machine, plus Lisa Germano and Milla Jovovich), these ten overlong, undercooked tracks show none of the passion or intelligence that Keenan brings to his main gigs.

Most of the songs are built around hook-free production jobs and brooding, sub-Massive Attack beats, with the occasional country twang or gospel wail for flavor. Lyrics veer toward dumb sexual entendres (“I'm a pirate lost his booty/ I'm a pimp without a dog without a bone”) and hard-to-swallow smugness (“It's always gonna be sour grapes with you, boy/ Until you get right with Jesus”). Keenan growls ’em all in a leering lothario bass.

Lord knows Tool can get insufferably serious, so good for Keenan for indulging his silly, libidinous side, even if it results in something as flaccid and unsexy as “V” Is for Vagina. But the problem with the album goes past its unmemorable music. It feels like a product of Keenan’s bloated bank account and even more bloated Rolodex, a tossed-off distraction for the days when he’s not tending to his Arizona winery. It’s the same impulse that drove Mike Patton’s star-studded Peeping Tom project, which also sucked. If Keenan weren’t involved, nobody would care about this album. Maybe “V” is for Vanity would have been more appropriate.

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Band: http://www.puscifer.com
Label: http://www.pusciferentertainment.com
Audio: http://www.myspace.com/censorshipisacancer

  • Queen B
  • Dozo
  • Vagina Mine
  • Momma Sed
  • Drunk with Power
  • Undertaker
  • Trekka
  • Indigo Children
  • Sour Grapes
  • Rev. 22:20 [Dry Martini Mix]
Rick Ross - Rise to Power Nine Inch Nails Year Zero Remixed
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I mostly agree with this review. The faux airplane safety brochure artwork is great but the album is pretty blah.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/narfish/HeadbangSquare.jpg narfish

I personally believe this album is an aquired taste on first hearing it I was really stoned and the cd scared the sh!t out of me. I thought one song required sacrificial virgin rituals to complete. But after reading the lyrics they are fvckin funny as hell. After reading Maynards thoughts about it is even making more sense quote " simply a playground for the various voices in my head," "a space with no clear or discernible goals," and "where my Id, Ego, and Anima all come together to exchange cookie recipes."

matt

I have to say that I find it amusing that people seem to be taking this album so seriously. Maynard said that it wasn't about being serious. It was about playing with sound. So what if the lyrics are infantile at times? Who cares if the songs aren't showing his true vocal range? It has a good beat and you can dance to it. Not everything the man does has to be serious. Are we upset that it wasn't up to our standards or that when we shelled out $13.95 for the c.d. we all became, in essence, hookers with a penis? I got a big kick out of it.

danielle

I am a huge Tool fan and love Perfect Circle and really think you have to listen to the words to understand the cd. If you never had voices in your head before you truley do not understand anything about this music! Take it from me I have had voices for many years listen to this voice it sounds great! I got a ride out of it myself! good job MAYNARD!!!! PS. who doesnt like VAGINAS????

kbman1974

Hah, Keenan has driven you right where he wanted...This is an almost album....It tries to reach somewhere, but never does...It's lefts a lot to be desired, because that is the way its meant to be...Do not try to look for Tool music and other masterpieces, cause if he wanted another Tool album, he would have gathered Tool,right?

Just enjoy the funny side of the dark side...I think this is only a preview of what Keenan is cookin in his infernal kitchen.

Tasos

I think the album is brilliant, personally.

Robert Anton Wilson

I think only homosexuals have a problem with this album. Straight people love it.

WSG

Oh maybe THAT's the problem - I'm way too gay for this album. I should work on that.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/narfish/HeadbangSquare.jpg narfish

Peeping Tom sucked?! Excuse me? Go eat a dick. That cd was awesome.

Wrath

On first listen, i wasn't sure what to think, but it definatly grows on you, especially once you get over the fact that it's not meant to be an album by Tool or APC, it is it's own separate entity,and a fun one at that.

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