It took APC 15 years to issue an album that, pensive as it may seem, is ultimately an exercise in dithering. While the record has shape, emotional range and possibly even a narrative (singer Maynard James Keenan’s lyrics are famously enigmatic), none of the 12 tracks resonate. The record’s middle chunk calls to mind the rich noise rock from APC’s masterpieces, Mer de Noms and Emotive, but the bookend songs are worthy of inclusion on a B-sides record––not a studio effort fans have waited so damn long to hear.
Eat the Elephant
Producers: D. Sardy, Billy Howerdel and MJ Keenan