Given the luxury of Chili Pepper fame and a successful battle with heroin, John Frusciante has developed his solo career in a direction that allows him to explore the far reaches of his creativity. Most of his 10 solo releases have been dark and seemingly borne from a stream-of-consciousness. While that sounds self-serving, the results are surprisingly listenable. On Empyrean, Frusciante once again illuminates beautiful melodies constructed from deep, melancholy chord structures. Though his latest is arguably his most accessible, Frusciante is still appealing to musicians interested in connecting with their inner junkie.