Puscifer "Man Overboard" Song Review — 5 out of 5 stars
Tue, 19 Jul 2011 15:30:55
"Man Overboard"—the first single from Puscifer's forthcoming sophomore effort Conditions of My Parole [available October 18]—is arrestingly catchy.
Frontman Maynard James Keenan [Tool, A Perfect Circle] oscillates from hushed, haunting intonation to calculated whispers while the tense verse mounts. On the chorus, his voice takes complete hold with a transfixing lilt as he proclaims, "Brace yourself". It's the perfect warning as a storm of swirling textures wraps up around his words.
The music rises from industrial swells and groans into a gorgeous, near-orchestral hum that's as sinister as it is cinematic. The real brilliance of the song arises from the visuals conjured by the lyrics. Whether its lines like "Poseidon's on a mission" or "all hands on deck", a flood of emotions ensues. With its calculated tension, the underlying music could serve as the perfect soundtrack to A Clockwork Orange.
Part of Keenan's genius is his ability to take dark subject matter and transmute it into surreal and infectious art. He's perfected that with "Man Overboard", and the song is undoubtedly previewing one of the best albums of 2011.
Have you heard "Man Overboard" yet?
Get the song on iTunes here!
See our interview with Maynard about Blood Into Wine here!