A Perfect Circle have released another track from their yet unnamed new album, this one called Disillusioned.
Take a listen and let me know what you think in the comments below. I’m expecting the reaction will be as mixed as those to The Last Jedi…
Should you feel the need to purchase this track on vinyl (with The Doomed) then you can pre-order it here.
Pretty but lacks direction, bit like The Doomed. The sound of 50 year olds making rock records. Maybe we are all getting too old for this!
Liked this one better than The Doomed, it feels more in touch with their present sensitivities, them being older and having a different perspective.
The production is still pretty off putting though, way too sterile, aside from Maynard’s vocal processing.
I think it’s great that Maynard’s making music he enjoys (and it seems like plenty of people are enjoying them too), but I find this song and The Doomed to be boring and annoying tbh. The singing just sounds atrocious to me – and the lyrics are boring.
Maybe they just need time to settle in. To be fair though, I’ve never really been into A Perfect Circle beyond The Outsider, so maybe I’m expecting too much here.
Anyway, it’s great they are finally releasing new material after 13 years.
Everything they are doing both in concert and with these new songs comes across as an effort for this album to be heralded as catalyst for some kind of social revolution. It doesn’t surprise me that a chunk of the fan base are into that. But it seems clear that the other “chuck” is really put off by it, myself included. So yeah… this release is probably going to be pretty polarizing. I’m not sure it can draw in many new fans either. I mean, it seems pretty egotistical of them to think that a rock band that had a… Read more »
you took roughly 4 paragraphs to write non sense. when it would have been easier just to say you don’t like lefty politics in your music…. or what you perceive to be lefty politics. the songs are boring. and lack energy. mayjay sadly isn’t singing or giving opinons like in his heyday….. most artists have a short self life. it’s just how it is. but don’t for one second think you somehow know how the songs are going to be received by the public at large. music fans rarely buy music like they used to. and the rock industry isn’t… Read more »
What? I know how to read. People have already been voicing their opinion on these songs and they’ve received a fair share of negative feedback. I have no problem with “politics” in music. Not sure why you assumed that, but thanks for taking 3 paragraphs to say that I’m not allowed to comment here.
It feels like two completely separate, decent songs that were spliced together into one big mess. I didn’t like the The Doomed either at first, but it grew on me. I don’t see this one doing that.
As lars Ulrich’s father famously said, “I would delete that”.
Sounds a little too much like eMOTIVe
eMOTIVe sounded rushed and too political
percussion sounds a little too hard or higher pitched?
hoping the rest of the new APC is better
They’ve fallen into that trap where inactive bands come back only to become their imitators. The new stuff sounds like a good Lincoln Park song if there ever could be such a thing. The Last Jedi was way more enjoyable than this song.
APC was at their best when it sounded like a group “band” effort (13th step) The music backdrop sounds like it’s all about Billy’s guitar squiggle with not a lot of interesting interplay between bass, drums and vocals. Everything technically works together, but is lacking personality. At least the song does some things with structure that show they know how to construct music….but yeah, lyrically it is atrocious stuff. No room for imagination. …nothing that catches your ear and makes you wonder what he means. Nope. It’s just all predictable spoon fed holier than thou SJW inspired silliness. I hope… Read more »
Agreed on the lyrics. Zero metaphor or mystery. MJK’s talent had been in balancing directness with metaphor, but now… Just boring. As much as do I agree with the intended message, it’s tough to stomach when it seems like there’s really no effort being put forth and it sounds like an edgy 7th grader trying to put as many cool words into a creative writing exercise as he can. Maybe that’s the point and purpose? Maybe this is the sound them selling out to appeal to “the kids”? The saddest part to me is that the lyrical content matches up… Read more »
I still think they’re pretty damn good live so I’ll still pay for that but I’m not digging the new songs. As mentioned earlier I didn’t like anything passed “Thirteenth Step” so they are still in that eMotive phase which doesn’t appeal to me. To each their own though. Did anything special happen at the Primus/Legend of the Seagull Men show? Adam was in the Bay for that as you can see by his instagram account. Sacha Dunable was on stage as well. I assume maybe Danny Played a few songs with Primus? Stoked about the new TOOL album still… Read more »
I see a lot of comments about APC being stuck in eMotive phase. While I can see how someone can draw that perspective I don’t think it has validity. eMotive had a completely different sound than the new songs. The eras are not comparable, unless you’re comparing your distaste for both. Feathers is incredible and is packed with emotion 10/10. You can hear a lot of influence from The Cure, and there is a lot of depth there. I’m hoping other songs off the new album take a similar direction. The Doomed took quite a few listens to get into,… Read more »
I can’t speak for all, but I think it’s safe to say the comparison is mostly on lyrical themes. A lot of 1st-person social commentary with political subtext. A main difference, of course, being that these are originals while emotive was mostly covers. There are some musical/tonal similarities at times that I’d agree with, but I don’t really find that off putting. If I personally have any complaints musically it’s that nearly all of the new material feels really heavily processed and squeaky clean. Tones feel too perfect and glassy at times and are missing that raw, visceral emotion that… Read more »
Maybe “stuck in the eMotive phase” isn’t the best way to describe it but once they released that it took them a certain direction and they never got back to their roots. Everything they’ve released afterwards has been so polished and shallow in my opinion which makes it boring. eMotive was boring to me and an unnecessary release. I listened to “Feathers” and I feel no emotion from that. It just has a lazy feel to it honestly. I guess “lazy” is the best way to describe them now honestly. Like I said though, I’ll still pay to see them… Read more »
I’ve been re-listening to Ashes Divide in light of the new songs that have come out – it’s almost like a lost APC record in a lot of ways. I definitely that it scratches some of the old APC itch that a lot of us are lamenting the loss of. I’ll still wait to make a final judgement until the album is out, but definitely appreciating the AD album a lot more these days that I used to.
The Ashes Divide Album wasn’t too bad really but it didn’t satiate that desire for APC for me. Much more on the pop side than anything but well composed I thought. Billy really is a talent that’s for sure.
Yeah, it’s definitely on the poppy side, and Billy’s vocals are competent, but not compelling. The Sword would’ve made a killer APC track though!
Someone said Maynard is impersonating himself.
If that vibe makes it to a Tool album, it’s going to be very sad.
Lyrics aren’t supposed to be a message that you “agree with”. Lyrics should paint the music in a way that cause further investigation. My problem with any agreeable message is just how pointless it is to state obvious things. I’m not interested in being reminded of how the world is “unfair” or how people are lost in their tech obsessions. There is a way to have commentary without it being annoying and shallow. Maybe check out Pink Floyd lyrics. I mean….humor is important, and this music is devoid of humor or self awareness or a real handle on the actual… Read more »
I’m pretty glad I can disconnect lyrical content from my enjoyment of the music. It seems that many can’t.
Personally I’m much more interested in how it sounds, than what it says.
I totally agree. You could write about farts in a basket and I’d be stoked on it if the song was awesome and the melody sits well and the vocals were compelling. These aren’t and it highlights the overall banality of the overdone subject matter.
DRURY we’re on the same page, but it didn’t make me hate the song. Hellboy I agree that it’s easy to listen to a song and get enjoyment without dissecting the lyrical content. However, I think Maynard’s melodies and lyrics were the only thing keeping this song semi-interesting. It felt weak musically, but just my opinion. What did you think of this track compared to the other new ones? Also, Z-Werewolf, if you didn’t hear “Feathers” at their show, it’s not fair to judge based on youtube audio. I’m not saying that’s the case, but it sounded like it when… Read more »
My opinion on the track is that it’s ok. I think I prefer the Doomed, but I consider that just an “ok” track as well. Based on what I’ve heard of Feathers and Hourglass on Youtube (neither of which I think are great) I’m a little worried the album will end up being a little bland.
Judging way too early though – I look forward to it’s release, and then giving a more informed opinion then.
One thing I noted the other day, is that The Doomed and Disillusioned a structurally very similar.