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A Perfect Circle, Maynard James Keenan
A Perfect Circle, APC, Eat The Elephant, Maynard
April 21, 2018 at 1:58 pm
It’s a “good APC album…some songs actually really made me feel something. Mainly cuz of Maynard’s voice…BUT, I miss the APC that was more of a band with more people (like a real bass player) adding their input. Oh well. They are always good live too.
April 21, 2018 at 2:13 pm
I’d rate the album about 6/10. Mostly good songs, a few filler tracks (e.g. DLB, Get The Lead Out), a couple of duds (Eat The Elephant, The Contrarian) and one wasted potential song (Delicious). Overall OK.
April 22, 2018 at 8:16 am
The new beatitude.
April 22, 2018 at 9:20 am
April 22, 2018 at 3:31 pm
He is correct. No luls necessary.
April 22, 2018 at 3:48 pm
The Loulz are for anyone that didn’t get the joke. When you have to explain it….
April 22, 2018 at 1:30 pm
After listening to it at least seven times, these are my impressions and rating.
Whilst there are some really good moments on this, there are also some atrocious moments. Mainly in Maynards lyrics and some chord progressions.
It is really clear to me now how amazing Josh Freese is as a drummer and what he brought to APC. He gave them everything that is missing from this album. The drumming on ETE is very average.
On a plus note there is some really interesting vocal melodies and moments from Maymay. Although I do appreciate he is getting older, I do miss his more angrier moments and singing styles. (I do hope he is able to compartmentalise well and we get some usual Maymay singing styles on Tools new record.)
I most probably won’t purchase the album. Just keeping it in my library on Google Play Music subscription.
Just my humble opinion from an OGT, from the first EP, back in 92.
April 23, 2018 at 9:20 am
April 24, 2018 at 3:22 am
April 24, 2018 at 2:14 pm
Well said… couldn’t agree more.
April 22, 2018 at 1:42 pm
I pre-ordered the album. Disillusioned, By and Down, The Doomed are all great in my opinion. For as active as Billy is with APC, it seems like his guitar kind of lacks from before. So long and thanks for all the fish, the contrarian, Talktalk, delicious and hourglass are probably some of my favorites as well. I haven’t had a ton of time to listen to the album completely thru several times but it’s growing on me.
April 22, 2018 at 1:43 pm
Anyone buying the new Sevendust album when it comes out. Can’t get enough of those guys.
April 22, 2018 at 4:13 pm
What a great album! Ive been having a lot of fun with it. There is a lot to chew on in this record, and its nice to have new music by some of my favorite people doing it 🙂 i felt genuinely happy to be participating in this new sound. Its like how i felt when i started puscifers money shot when it came out. It was just a fresh of breath air to hear good music that i can relate to on something deeper than todays popular music. Plus each time maynard sings on a new record, i mean lets be real, its the voice of an old friend and its just damn nice to hear that voice again, like…hey, hello, yes we are still here, no youre not crazy and lost and its going to be ok. I dont know if that makes sense, i hope it does.
This is a great album with the headphones, lots of texture and signature APC flavor here. Forget the hate and all that, its nitpicky, itsa great album, youre not going to recapture that lightening in a bottle feeling when you were young, and listened to mer de noms the first time. You know why? Cause you wanna live off nostalgia, and itll never feel the way you have built it up in your head… anyways thats what i think with all this naysaying. Im not trying to convert opinions, just observations.
To me, its always a great time to be an APC listener, i love what they are doing, it makes me happy to listen to it. Its honestly just something that helps ground me in life, the 3 bands.
If you dont like it, thats cool too man no worries 🙂 just my thoughts to share on the ol’ forum
April 22, 2018 at 4:15 pm
Breath of fresh air** 🙄lol i know grammer and words kinda lol
April 22, 2018 at 4:49 pm
Also, i know im being a super fan, but isnt that what this site is for lol, it like corrals all diehards, contains them..anyways, another thing!
Just to hop offa maynards proverbial dick, Billy Howerdel is a pimp! My first concert was APC when i was 10 in 2000. You know my last concert? APC 2017 mf’er 🤘18 years of my life, and they are still making music! Im just excited to still have music being made by my favorite bands, and you can see why that excitement exists. No one does it like these 3 bands we all talk about. Where’d all the good rock music go? Theyre still here, and theyre still burning the midnight oil. I just appreciate it. Its great music that helps me feel, and this albums got me feeling, and thinking, and dancin, and hopeful and rockin my dirty head.
April 22, 2018 at 8:39 pm
I think its good – cant remember a ‘comeback’ album being decent. unfortunately the picture of them on the inside sleeve just reminds me how old we are all getting. confident new Tool will be amazing just wont have the same energy
April 23, 2018 at 9:12 am
I would give this album a 5.5/10.
My favorites are Eat the Elephant, Disillusioned, The Doomed and TalkTalk. The other songs are “meh”.
The lyrical content on this album I find interesting, but at times cringy. I absolutely can’t stand Hourglass. The album in general has a very automated feel to it (a little contrived as well). I wish the album felt natural and free.
Maynard’s vocals on this album are a bit annoying. They just don’t feel relaxed and soft. But to be fair they always seem that way with A Perfect Circle.
We’ll see what he brings to the table with Tool.
It’s an alright album – nothing amazing to me.
April 24, 2018 at 3:26 am
I agree with your review and I’ll add that there is too damn much piano and not enough guitars… APC’s guitar riffs were always a huge part of why I loved them…
They were super boring when I saw them in San Jose last week. The only moments they shined were when they played the very few songs from Mer de Noms and Thirteenth Step…
Also, the opening band was Matt McJunkins band and I just don’t like that guy… I forgot the band name already and don’t care to look it up. They were awful.
April 23, 2018 at 3:10 pm
I don’t like this album at all. It sounds like a mess.
That said. I’m glad they’re making music together again and I hope they give it another go in about 2-4 years.
April 23, 2018 at 3:32 pm
Yeah it’s a bit of a messy offering. You can tell it is an effort done quickly and with little friction. Not the best recipe for a great album…there are a few good songs here, but again, without a fully functioning “band”., it loses A LOT in the process. Drums are boring, Bass is pretty nonexistent. Guitars are not memorable either. Maynard has some good stuff here and some pretty bland stuff as well, which is not usually the case. It’s like the opposite of tool. Tool squeezes every last drop of blood and sweat into their albums and the obstacles and friction it takes to create one would destroy most bands, probably almost them a few times…but APC was never that kind of band…but they certainly had more character than this is showing and more creativity. I dunno. I bet all of it would be a lot better in person at a concert, but as an album it feels more like another emotive.
April 24, 2018 at 1:55 am
I agree the pre-release singles are probably the best offerings – including “So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish”. Was also pleasantly surprised at the melodic texture in “Delicious” – layered electric, 12-string, and slide guitars. Most center piano (vs. guitar), which is… a choice.
I’m fascinated at the inclusion of what sounds like a demo cut of a retitled “By and Down the River”. Normally retooled tracks (“Pet” to “Counting Bodies…”, the current live rendering of “3 Libras”) contain a forward trajectory, and this feels like a regression to a less refined cut of a 5-year-old song. Curious. Maybe to demonstrate the remote file-sharing songwriting regimen for latter-day APC – a peek behind the curtain?
Hearing “Hourglass” live, I knew the album would throw many OG’s through a loop. I kinda dig it?
April 24, 2018 at 7:05 am
I wasn’t too keen on the singles so I went into this album having pretty low expectations.
To my surprise it’s grown a fair bit on me over the last few listens.
MJK’s vocals are some of his most articulate work he’s done in a while ; the precision of his inflexions, the variety of textures in his voice, the slight vibrato here and there, they all add to a more refined version of his singing. There’s a blissfulness in his still passive-aggressive tone.
The lyrics, not as bad as I thought they were on first impression and clearly not as black and white as they sound ; since everyone seems to have their own personal take on the lyrics, it proves that MJK’s done what he does best and be as vague as possible while still trying to convey his opinion.
Aside from a few tracks that don’t do anything for me (The Doomed, By and down, Delicious and DLB), the instrumentals work pretty well in delivering a fitting mood for their content.
Riffs are lacking and it’s a shame since Billy’s golden, the piano doesn’t always work, the drums and bass are a smidge lacking and the song structures sometimes hint that not all songs are fully fledged.
The artwork, boy, I honestly think it’s deliberately hideous and anachronous in order to mirror the lyrical content. I can’t imagine some 50 year old dudes finding that appealing in any way shape or form and at the same time I can’t imagine them deciding on some abstract middle of the road prog/rock/metal visual that a lot of bands go with these days.
April 24, 2018 at 10:14 am
So here’s my 6.9 cents. We can pick this album apart compared to the first two all day long. I tend to be optimistic when new music comes out because it takes time to dissect. The vocals and melodies shine big time on this album. Maynard has still got it and i’m confident he will bring it with Tool. As someone mentioned previously, the lack of Billy’s guitar work on this album are what is disappointing. From reading the interviews I blame Maynard for this. Sounded like he was a pain in the ass to Billy about what he wanted. I would have loved to have had the same vocals but with more band. I’m tired of synths and shitty drumming. Bring back the talent. I can make fart noises on my computer all day. With that being said, I can still listen to the album on repeat because Maynard is that good. At least i have Mer de noms and thirteenth step to go back to when I want some fucking guitars in my music. Peace.
April 24, 2018 at 2:25 pm
I’m a little surprised how much I don’t like it. Thinking back I shouldn’t be… remember amotive or emotive or whatever that crap was?
Still. Come on Maynard. Don’t worry me like this going into what is likely the last Tool album.
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