Doesn't strike a chord with me
The music feels a bit contrived and inorganic compaired to their original album. They sound very good but there is a lack of soul and passion.
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this album, but I was pleasantly surprised! I’m loving the incorporation of different instruments, and Keenan always delivers with meaningful lyrics that fit the music!
An old school APC fan who loves this album.
By Miranda Adria
I had the wonderful opportunity to see APC live when they opened for NIN during the Fragility tour circa 1999-2000. I didn't even know who they were, but I instantly became a fan. After listening through this new album, yea... it's like coming back home. It was a long time coming, but for me, it was worth the wait. For anyone who was expecting Tool, you clearly never knew what APC was about. This is the softer side of a heavy metal mentality, the time to slow down, absorb, process, decipher, and pick apart the intricacy of life in a much more subtle, subdued fashion. Maynard's voice is ethereal on this album, and brings back to those nights I spent playing Mer De Noms on repeat. Definitely an album I'm going to be listening to for years to come.
Different and still good
New lyrical meanings and new songs. Don’t stay attached to the past.
Even with open mind, I’m disappointed
I’m all for bands refusing to be pigeonholed by their past work, thereby breaking into new grounds and sounds over time. Well, it’s been a while for APC, so a group of talented musicians ought to have the license to do just that: grow. Problems arise however when what could and should be touted as “growth” turns out to be—put simply—not that good.
This album largely has a softer tone and pace than the APC of the past, which again, I don’t object to on principle, but the result is a slow-motion Hindenburg, where the listener can absorb each cringeworthy detail in real time: cliched lyrics with all the depth of a baby pool, overuse of dainty bell-like percussion, misplaced vocal distortion, etc.
And for someone like Maynard, who routinely (and rightly) hates on Metallica, why do so many of the places where the music heats up into harder territory end up sounding like Metallica? “The Doomed” track perhaps being the best example of this abhorrent tendency.
Billy’s grinding guitar play, normally a major draw for APC, is restrained throughout. At times, you feel like maybe he’s about to unleash that signature talent, but an uninspired chorus returns or the song ends.
I was willing (and eager) to hear out anything new from APC, even if it was going to be “different” from their sound of the past, but I never envisioned being so disappointed afterwards. What happened? Was it laziness? Complacency? Or simple overthinking? Not sure, but I hope Maynard, Billy, and company are grounded enough after all these years to admit that maybe they didn’t accomplish that which they could or should have with Eat The Elephant.
A Vital Album
This is certainly an album for our times, and like everything we seem to see or hear these days it’s polarizing. To some, Maynard’s ruminations on society are too political or threatening to their own beliefs and they will be dismissed as “whining” or “self righteous”. To others, myself included, his observations are spot on. To point out religious hypocrisy isn’t anti-Christian as some claim, but is perhaps the most Christian thing one can do. To point out the negative impact of technology isn’t complaining, it’s a call to remember our common humanity. Musically the album is beautiful, alternately moody and elated, and perfectly complementary to the album’s theme. The tempos are generally slower than previous APC offerings, but that doesn’t compromise the intensity at all. I was skeptical about a new APC album, but I find Eat the Elephant as vital and relevant as anything they’ve produced in the past, if not more so.
What happened to songs sounding like they’re off of the 3 initial albums. This sounds like A Perfect Circle, not TOOL. This sounds really, really bad. This is likely their last album, so enjoy the first 3 because that’s where the gold was.
I feel like everybody on here who says this is amazing must be really young and missed APC when they were good. I was a little excited and then instantly disappointed.
An amazing album.
I see a lot of people complaining. Some saying he complains a lot about Jesus. Maynard complains about hypocrisy. His issue with religion comes from those hypocrites. You know, the ones that take it personally when he writes these songs.
This album is great from front to back. The melodies are amazing, and the lyrical content is fitting for both the music, and society as a whole. His voice is as good as it has always been, and Billy's music shows through more on this album than most songs on previous albums.
This album shows a growth in maturity, both as people, and musically.