A Per­fect Cir­cle

Eat The Ele­phant

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While Tool’s re­turn is re­peat­edly de­layed, May­nard James Keenan’s other big con­cern sub­tly re­vealed their first al­bum proper in 15 years. Dom­i­nated by strings and keys means that when Billy How­erdel’s sus­tained notes and emo­tive melodies hit on The Doomed and So Long And Thanks For All The Fish they’re all the more im­pact­ful over Keenan’s sar­donic vo­cals. Though lop­sided with the bet­ter tracks The Dis­il­lu­sioned and TalkTalk near the front, the tow­er­ing solo on the later Feath­ers is just achingly per­fect melan­choly.

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