57 minutes of a musical experience that ticks all the boxes.
After 14 long years A Perfect Circle finally dropped the follow up to 2004’s eMotive and I for one can't be happier. While some fans are a bit critical of the band’s move away from the heaviness of the first 3 studio releases, I and many others are praising the group for experimenting. I mean, it’s been 14 years and both Maynard and Billy have other projects (Tool, Puscifer and Ashes Divided), of course their sound would evolve. As usual here are my top five picks off Eat The Elephant.
My first top tune wasn’t going to be here after my initial couple of listens, but it gradually grew on me and now I can’t play this album without starting here. It is of course the opener and title track ‘Eat The Elephant’, which was originally written for Chester Bennington to sing on One More Light, but the Linkin Park frontman said no thank you when he realised it wouldn’t fit his album’s musical direction.
Next up for me is the unquestionably awesome ‘The Doomed’ which if you remember was our Track Of The Week back in October of last year. I love this song because it just builds and builds beautifully while the lyrics are deeper than the Mariana Trench (deepest part of the ocean... yeah, it's that DEEP!).
A very close second for me is ‘So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish’, lyricist Maynard thought we’d hate it but it’s the opposite for me. It really comes across as a dark and satirical version of R.E.M’s classic ‘It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)’, plus when a title references The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy I’m always down for it.
My last couple of picks are ‘Hourglass’ and ‘Get The Lead Out’ and I choose these two for the same reason, A Perfect Circle isn’t afraid to have their music remixed (look up 'The Outsider', off the Resident Evil soundtrack) and these songs sound like one of the members of the band was sitting at an empty production desk, bored out of his mind and just started playing around until the rest of the group heard them and said: let’s do it! Different, but awesomely so, which is what we’ve come to expect from APC.
After a very long, but now worth it wait, we finally have some new A Perfect Circle material and it works on all the levels.
Yes they’ve taken a different route than before but that’s what musicians do, they evolve; while still paying tribute to where they’ve come from. Listen hard enough and you can hear some old school APC on Eat The Elephant.
I can’t wait to hear both new and old tracks live in June when these boys tear Brixton apart.
Had to share two videos, both are awesome and so totally different.