The guitars aren't so meaty, the musical textures are much quirkier, yet this is the fourth Jane's Addiction album in all but name. The unique and still baffling Perry Farrell remains the real addiction, of course, and his... more » fans will eat up these alternatively bemused ("Pets") and scarifying ("Packin' .25") tracks. --Jeff Bateman« less
The guitars aren't so meaty, the musical textures are much quirkier, yet this is the fourth Jane's Addiction album in all but name. The unique and still baffling Perry Farrell remains the real addiction, of course, and his fans will eat up these alternatively bemused ("Pets") and scarifying ("Packin' .25") tracks. --Jeff Bateman
James B. (wandersoul73) from LANCASTER, TX Reviewed on 6/22/2009...
Stellar work here by Farrell & co.
Steve Edge | Morganton, NC, United States | 03/03/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For me, it's the memories that make this album worth listening to. I remember when 'Pets' was in the Buzz Bin on MTV,and when the video appeared during the 'Washing The Dog' episode. That was summer of 93 I do believe, back when the world was so much simpler, before I even had my driver's license....ahh, the memories. And it's cool catchy offbeat weird Perry Farrell greatness too, so pick it up."
Amazing- Doesn't need "Ex-Jane's Addiction" tag
VikingPorro | Queens, NY | 04/25/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This band/record is so nice it's almost ridiculous to compare it to Jane's Addiction and just ignorant to slam it for not being/ sounding like JA. Jane's Addiction is one great thing-this is another. Totally different atmosphere and sound. The members(Vocalist/Percussion)from JA sound better than ever with added dynamics/nuances but it's Dave Navarro's "replacement"(ha-ha)Peter DiStefano that turns in one of the most jaw dropping guitar performances put to record. Very psychodelic with tons of feeling. I wouldn't call PFP's songwriting on this album more mellow or laid back than JA like others do(don't forget all the JA softies). It's def slower on the whole but no less intense...just in a murkier more hypnotic way. The more I hear this record the more I remember the massive quality."
H3@+h | VT | 01/06/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Even after all these years, it's still hard not to compare this debut to "Jane's Addiction". I mean, half the band is the same, and the music is alike in many ways. It's like comparing "Smashing Pumpkins" to "Zwan". "Porno For Pyros" might not be as mindblowing, but they're still a great, creative, rockin' group. I still play this often. It includes the hit "Pets", plus "Cursed Male", "Cursed Female", and "Black Girlfriend". "Orgasm" is a nice closer too. It's hard to say if this is better than their other album "God's Good Urge", but it's at least as good. There's also the album "Rev", which is the best of "Jane's Addiction" AND "Porno For Pyros" if you want that."
It's all about the feeling...
Sierra | Arlington, WA United States | 07/03/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I am going to compare P4P's first album to Jane's Addiction as little as possible because as others have said, it deserves to be listened to as an entity in itself.
This CD has a very dark mood and catchy tunes all the way through. One person mentioned that it is a good CD to go to sleep to. I can agree with that because I have gone to sleep with it playing many times. The music has a way of relaxing me and putting me into a state of mind that is unique to this particular album. The mood is completely different from any of the other CDs by Jane's Addiction or Porno for Pyros. That is one thing that is great about Perry's bands: constantly changing musical sounds and feelings...
Many of the lyrics on P4P's self titled debut are not so good. For that reason, I give P4P 4 stars instead of 5. Fortunately, the CD can be enjoyed without paying attention to the lyrics. For me, it is all about the feeling. What I like about this CD is that the mood is consistent all the way through. Though consistent, it is most definitely not monotonous. Admittedly, the first couple times I listened, I thought the songs were dull. They blended together a bit too much. After listening to it a few more times, however, it grew on me. Sure, I have my favorites (as will everyone) but my point is that it's just one of those CDs that is easy to listen to all the way through. So choose a time when you won't be interrupted, press play, sit back, and feeeeel it!"
leper2000 | 08/04/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sonically- On this record the group was dynamic in a way that even Jane's Addiction never was. As far as expression, in terms of loud vs. quiet and heavy vs.light, most of Porno's contemporaries were relying on the played out clean tone to distorted tone, e.g. the verse/chorus thing that Radiohead does in Creep, a technique one can trace back to Metallica's Fade to Black, and done to death on the Foo Fighters second album. Porno expresses emotion in the music in a totally unique way. The guitar player barely uses distortion; he employs the wah wah peddle to explore and push the limits of heavy and soft within the confines of his amp tone. There's no cut and paste wall of sound Dave Navarro thing going on here. Just a few rythim and lead tracks- meat and bones. Plenty of minors, ninths and sevenths The Bass is phenomenal, heavy finger style along with popping and slapping that is harmonic- not that trebley Hartke/Korn sound that is so prevalent today. Then you have Stephen Perkins' dynamic work on the drums, the kit proper as well as various other units of percussion, and then you have Perry's voice. The production and mixing is flawless.Lyrically-For a dude so in touch with his feminine side Perry Farrel has a stifling grasp of the youngish white male's psyche. You've got the misanthropic rage of Packin' 25. A young man's look at the (Alanis Morissette) irony of age and money in Cursed Male. The evolved (or emalsculated- take your pick) man's view of pretty young women in Cursed Female. Nihilism meets Pyromania in the band's self-titled track--or is it their theme song? And then my personal fav- Orgasm, which inserts the listener into the driver's seat about to give a girl her first orgasm-- she's ready buddy, she knows you're the one; are you up to the challenge? This is a really swell record. I bought it when it came out and have listened to it on and off ever since. Unfortunately, in my humble opinion, the group wasn't able to recapture the brilliance of its first studio outing; the second record is largely an uneven affair with a different lineup; for my money its more of a Perry solo record. Clocking in at around 45 minutes, Porno's 1st is just about perfect."