Being a long time fan of A Perfect Circle, I was ecstatic to finally hear ‘Eat The Elephant’ – the band’s first album in 14 years. My hopes were high and I’m happy to say that it did not disappoint in the least!
The album starts off with the title track “Eat The Elephant”. Soft percussion flows almost lullaby-like, as Maynard swoons about the struggle of being faced with a difficult task and not knowing where to begin. It’s a little slower than the mainstream A Perfect Circle you might be used to, but the combination of the almost lullaby-like melody and encouraging lyrics have quite a soothing effect on the soul.
“Disillusioned” is one of my favorite tracks off the album. In the lyrics, Maynard kindly reminds us all, that we need to unplug from our devices once in a while and pay attention to each other. You can almost close your eyes and meditate during the down tempo, epic bridge until the verse erupts again releasing the build-up and leaving you satisfied… It’s an emotional roller coaster, this one!
“So Long and thanks for all the fish” is an interesting combo of a “happy” beat paired with depressing lyrics seemingly about the numerous celebrities and icons that have passed away over recent years. This track sounds more like a Puscifer song than A Perfect Circle to me, but it fits in well with the album’s overall moody theme.
Die hard APC fans might recognize “By and Down” as a version of this track titled “By and Down The River” was previously released on the ‘Three Sixty’ Album. This was already one of my favorite APC songs and I hope it gets the attention it deserves on this album. This version sounds a bit more crisp or refined, but nothing’s changed too much. If you’re looking for the classic A Perfect Circle sound, this song is for you!
There’s something about the vocal style or tone in “Hourglass” that is reminiscent of Marilyn Manson’s version of “This is Halloween“. (anyone else hearing this?) I was taken back by it at first, because it’s not Maynard’s usual style, but It’s not a bad tune.
Just like every other APC album, the song arrangement is flawless. Listening to the whole album straight through at least once is highly recommended! All in all, I love this album!