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Puscifer - "'V' is for Viagra - The Vagina Remixes"

Review of the badass follow up to Puscifer's "'V' is for Vagina"

"V" Is for Viagra – The Vagina Remixes
(Puscifer Entertainment)

Every once in a while, an album comes along that reminds you why you love music in the first place.  It gets under your skin from the start, like some kind of wild transformation. From the moment you listen to it, it’s becoming part of your very body, and when it finishes you instantly start it over again, and listen to it even louder. 

"V" is for Viagra – The Vagina Remixes is such an awesome event.  It’s fun, sexy music, "industrial lounge" if you will, that tingles your blood like an orgasm.  It’s almost naughty, as in you get the sense that if you play it in mixed company, it could very well turn the party into an orgy. 

Fronted by the legendary Maynard James Keenan (Tool, Perfect Circle, winemaker, etc), Puscifer is more of an evolving collaboration than a proper band.  This time around, Keenan jams with Paul Barker (Ministry), Aaron Turner (Isis), Lustmord, and plenty more. 

Sure, this is a remix album, and it could be argued that Puscifer’s "V" Is for Vagina (released in 2007) had just as much soul and wicked rushes as this record.  Even so, the remix is crazy good, and stands tall on its own. 

"Drunk With Power" ("Hungover and Hostile in Hannover" mix by Joey Jordison of Slipknot) is a haunting cut, as is "Momma Sed" ("Tandimonium" mix by Dave "Rave" Ogilvie and Colin Janz).  Tracks like "Indigo Children" ("JLE Dub" mix by Josh Eustis) and "Queen B." ("Narcovice" mix Michael Patterson) are excellent party tracks, while "Trekka" (both the "Desert Porn" mix by Lustmord and "The Great Unwashed" mix by Aaron Turner) is perfect for those weird nights where you’re driving around aimlessly at 3am, wondering what the hell to do next…or just thankful you got out of that apartment before the walls really started caving in on you. 

Not to be taken too seriously, "V" is for Viagra has plenty of funny tracks, particularly "Country Boner" where the line, "I fucked Elvis Pressley in the bathroom where he died" makes you laugh just as much as the beat makes you want to dance. 

Indeed, every single track on this record stands on its own, and as a collection, "V" is for Viagra is the kind of thing that will probably usher in new trends in the years to come. 

Though provocative music is pretty much a given when Keenan is involved, this album actually transcends the mentality of "being important."   It’s just music being creative and fun, and the result is one of the best albums of the year.

[Tommy Digital]  

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