12 Songs, 57 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Maynard James Keenan’s rock supergroup has seriously grown up in the 14 years since their last album. The Tool frontman’s band is still angry—they’ve just found new, different ways to express it. The gargantuan riffs of APC’s past now make room for strings, piano, and post-rock builds. Eat the Elephant is thoughtful and brooding, but still heavy as ever (tracks like “TalkTalk” would fit right in on Thirteenth Step). Harps and horns make slow-burning “The Contrarian” frighteningly ominous, and “So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish” sounds so uplifting it’s unsettling—but its lyrics reveal a sardonic ode to modern life, while lamenting the loss of David Bowie and other legends.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Maynard James Keenan’s rock supergroup has seriously grown up in the 14 years since their last album. The Tool frontman’s band is still angry—they’ve just found new, different ways to express it. The gargantuan riffs of APC’s past now make room for strings, piano, and post-rock builds. Eat the Elephant is thoughtful and brooding, but still heavy as ever (tracks like “TalkTalk” would fit right in on Thirteenth Step). Harps and horns make slow-burning “The Contrarian” frighteningly ominous, and “So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish” sounds so uplifting it’s unsettling—but its lyrics reveal a sardonic ode to modern life, while lamenting the loss of David Bowie and other legends.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
667 Ratings

667 Ratings

thextguy1017787 ,

APC

I'm glad they're doing this. I admit the album cover is...half hearted, but the songs released are great

Name in progress ,

Welcome to the Finish Line

I may not be a rabid fan of APC, but to be able to say that I was there for a new APC album is monumental. There’s no greater feeling than being there on a day you swore would never come, but here we are, and it is my absolute privilege to review a new A Perfect Circle album!

While past albums have had a heavy, crunchy impact with songs like “Judith”, Eat The Elephant takes a more softer approach by comparison. Every so often you get those heavy moments like in “Talk Talk”, but there’s more to be had than that. Tracks such as “Disillusioned” are packed with beautiful poetry and social commentary, with haunting lines like “Time to put the silicon obsession down”. With what could either be the soundtrack to a movie trailer or a song of the apocalypse, “The Doomed” carries a marching tempo while also finding time to mellow out and contemplate. And even though the quieter approach may warrant unwanted one-star reviews blaming their age, the band still carries a philosophical bit and strong will felt everywhere, leaving behind a feeling of enlightenment and a call to action.

Grandiose, enigmatic, and elegant. These are the words I would use to describe Eat The Elephant and one of the longest awaited returns in modern metal. If this is the sign of a legendary year in music, then brace yourselves for whatever may come!

TaylorMesa ,

Almost great...

The music is awesome, but Maynard’s whining, self righteous lyrics are fatiguing. Billy Howerdel is brilliant!

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