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  • Summary: The second studio album for the Maynard James Keenan project was recorded in Arizona.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Oct 31, 2011
    80
    Whereas Puscifer's early output exercised his funny bone, the rather brilliant Conditions Of My Parole exorcises it. [15 Oct 2011, p.52]
  2. Oct 13, 2011
    70
    The singer continues to exude a sophistication that raises the bar for aggressive rockers who can mature with both grace and continued relevance. [Nov 2011, p.93]
  3. Dec 7, 2011
    70
    While the album can, at times, feel unfocused, that's also the point of a project like Puscifer, which allows us to take a look inside the mind of one of the most creative frontmen of the last 20 years.
  4. Oct 13, 2011
    60
    Despite a more eclectic stylistic palette, his sophomore Puscifer album is just as moody and dramatic as those other projects.
  5. Oct 13, 2011
    60
    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.
  6. Oct 13, 2011
    60
    Too many songs build and build and never explode, and though Keenan has never sounded growlier, Parole never really breaks loose.
  7. Nov 11, 2011
    40
    Lucky for Conditions of My Parole, Puscifer has graduated from embarrassingly stupid to simply boring. [#81, p. 59]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Nov 26, 2011
    10
    Can't say I was expecting a lot when I decided to give this a listen. I probably would've ignored it if it hadn't been for a recommendationCan't say I was expecting a lot when I decided to give this a listen. I probably would've ignored it if it hadn't been for a recommendation from my English teacher. But, listen I did, and the only thing I can say is Thanks, [aforementioned English teacher]. The music on this album is some of the best I've ever heard, and I'd rate this among Maynard James Keenan's greatest achievements. I'd rate this album above Tool's "10,000 Days". Easily one of my top five albums, and the best I've heard this year. Expand
  2. Oct 21, 2011
    10
    Honestly, I wasn't a big fan of Puscifer at first, I found the lyrics to be odd, and I didn't like the overall sound as much as A PerfectHonestly, I wasn't a big fan of Puscifer at first, I found the lyrics to be odd, and I didn't like the overall sound as much as A Perfect Circle's or Tool's. But after listening to this album my opinion has completely changed, every song is fantastic, you can tell that Maynard really put his heart and soul into this record, this may actually be my favorite album of this year, please give this album a chance, it is an amazing, and well-crafted piece of art. Expand
  3. Oct 25, 2011
    9
    Yeah ive pretty much been thrashing this albumb because its really good and I havnt heard anything i've liked this much in ages. Every song isYeah ive pretty much been thrashing this albumb because its really good and I havnt heard anything i've liked this much in ages. Every song is pretty strong and fits in with the albumb, I havnt ever skipped, their all good, some require a couple of listens. Expand
  4. May 17, 2013
    9
    There is some serious depth in this album. The imagery is great and you can almost imagine Maynard sitting in his truck in the middle of theThere is some serious depth in this album. The imagery is great and you can almost imagine Maynard sitting in his truck in the middle of the desert writing lyrics. Great feeling of serenity throughout. Great alternative view of a genius. Expand
  5. Nov 6, 2011
    9
    I went in a little skeptical. I had mixed feelings regarding V is for Vagina, but found some hope for Puscifer in its EPs and soundtrackI went in a little skeptical. I had mixed feelings regarding V is for Vagina, but found some hope for Puscifer in its EPs and soundtrack contributions. This album greatly exceeded my expectations. It flows wonderfully and uses Maynard's vocal talents to the fullest, demonstrating his amazing range and ability to convey emotions. One of my favorite albums so far this year. Expand
  6. Nov 14, 2011
    8
    While it may take several listens through to appreciate, "Conditions," is an experience that tackles the themes of home and environment,While it may take several listens through to appreciate, "Conditions," is an experience that tackles the themes of home and environment, something that Keenan has found and likewise portrayed in his sophomore effort. Expand