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  • Summary: The fourth full-length studio release for the rock supergroup is its first album of new material in 14 years.
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  • Record Label: BMG
  • Genre(s): Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Post-Grunge
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Kerrang!
    Apr 18, 2018
    100
    Not as romantic as their debut album, or as dynamic as the second, third album proper Eat The Elephant instead comes swathed in captivating coat embroidered by growth and maturation that doesn't unbutton easily. [14 Apr 2018, p.53]
  2. 80
    Tackling topics like technology addiction (“Disillusioned”) and the deaths of celebrities (“So Long, and Thanks For All The Fish”), the band forges a sobering look at the world with the maturity that comes from being on a long break. Despite the changes Eat The Elephant is a solid return for the supergroup.
  3. Apr 20, 2018
    80
    Eat the Elephant is engaging, atmospheric rock done right with intelligent lyrics and ambitious themes.
  4. Apr 19, 2018
    60
    It will undoubtedly take some time for fans of the band's earlier work to get acquainted with the stylistic shift, though A Perfect Circle's messaging might have benefited more from sounds tried and true.
  5. May 1, 2018
    60
    Fourteen years on from their last outing, A Perfect Circle’s return to active duty as a living, breathing band is broadly speaking a good thing for the hard rock scene. Just don’t expect a record which silver plates their stellar reputation.
  6. Mojo
    Apr 23, 2018
    60
    At once brooding and beautiful. [Jun 2018, p.97]
  7. Apr 24, 2018
    30
    The problem with A Perfect Circle now is that Keenan and Howerdel basically follow whatever creative whims that grab them. After a particularly soporific instrumental track, the album enters its most experimental phase, with unsurprisingly scattershot and lacklustre results.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. Apr 20, 2018
    10
    Maynard, married with piano is an amazing combination. The message is different than anything they have done in the past but, it's an amazingMaynard, married with piano is an amazing combination. The message is different than anything they have done in the past but, it's an amazing album none the least. The shift in instruments used was seamless. If you are a Maynard fan in any way this is a must buy. Expand
  2. May 5, 2018
    10
    I waited over 14 years for the full-length album of this band and I was not disappointed. The new album A Perfect Circle Eat the Elephant isI waited over 14 years for the full-length album of this band and I was not disappointed. The new album A Perfect Circle Eat the Elephant is practically reactivating the band and a breath of fresh air.
    The songs on the album are not only melodic and quiet songs like the title Eat The Elephant with a piano riff and a brilliant melody line but also faster and more energetic songs like Disillusioned. This song, although it slowly slows down, moves to the depths and the piano solo dents into the chair. The text is also current and hits our dangerous habits and addictions.
    Then it's only better, the atmosphere grows and the strength of the melody, as in the case of Doomed or by the piece So Long, And Thanks for All the Fish, which is a direct reference to the title of the Hitchhiker's Guide through the Galaxy, which is a kind of tribute to pop culture and recently departed legends such as David Bowie, Princess Leia or actor playing Willy Wonka.
    In my opinion, the new album is the perfect composition of lyrics, compositions and instruments that create the masterpiece once again in the hands of APC.
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  3. Apr 21, 2018
    10
    In an age where singles rule it's refreshing to still have bands like
    APC who can tell a story and put into music what many of us know and
    In an age where singles rule it's refreshing to still have bands like
    APC who can tell a story and put into music what many of us know and feel about society
    and where it's heading. No. This is not Mer De Noms or 13th step but there is a message
    nonetheless and not hidden by over production. Had APC released something similar to previous
    LPs they would have been criticized for not having done something that was a departure from earlier
    releases. I for one (who's in the same age bracket) hope APC continue to produce music well into the future. On my 10th listen. Well done boys. Maturing like a fine wine.
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  4. Apr 24, 2018
    9
    After hearing just one time when they releases the singles i was not very convinced of what i was hearing. It took some repeats to get intoAfter hearing just one time when they releases the singles i was not very convinced of what i was hearing. It took some repeats to get into it once i was able to hear the full album is beautiful and a great new release, could be nominated as a best rock album of the year, keep the good work Expand
  5. Apr 20, 2018
    8
    This album was a major shift in style for the group which many will dislike, though I personally found it refreshing. Some of the songs areThis album was a major shift in style for the group which many will dislike, though I personally found it refreshing. Some of the songs are strangely uplifting. "So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish," and "Delicious" in particular was a strange choice in sound for this group, though after a few repeated listens, I'm glad they did it. That's not to say the entire album is like this. Tracks like "The Doomed", "TalkTalk", and "Hourglass" all give something more heavy and familiar, though they all bring something new and unique to the album. Then tracks like "Eat the Elephant" and "Feathers" bring out a melodic and emotional side to the band.

    Overall, this new album is an experiment. They try out a few new sounds and return to a few familiar sounds. Though I feel many won't enjoy or appreciate their newer work, relative to their older work, I personally found A Perfect Circle's return to be a great one, and I can't wait to see what they do next.
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  6. Apr 22, 2018
    8
    I set myself a personal goal when listening to new albums and that to listen to the full album twice in quick succession and then leave it aI set myself a personal goal when listening to new albums and that to listen to the full album twice in quick succession and then leave it a couple of days before doing the same thing. This really is just to let the music rattle around in my brain.
    Im saying all this because on the first couple of plays I was a little underwhelmed but come the gap and third play im happy to say a perfect circles new sound is starting to click.

    This is definitely a softer sound then their first few outings and at times Maynard almost talk/sings some of the songs but the message they incorporate into their songs is still there and each songs as whole well crafted.

    One tip for anyone struggling to get pasts the vocals, really listening to the supporting rifts, there is a lot of great work going on in the instrumentals.
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  7. Apr 24, 2018
    0
    Disappointing, very disappointing. Apart from one track, this album is completely without life, development or purpose, it is pure boredom.Disappointing, very disappointing. Apart from one track, this album is completely without life, development or purpose, it is pure boredom. Mostly I was uncertain if I was listening to Coldpay or APC. Expand

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