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4.0 out of 5 stars
A Rebuff, 16 Aug 2002
First things first, as everyone here has said, this is not stadium rock for Maynard. And this is most certainly not Tool, only the less musically educated among us would confuse the two. This must be taken at face value - a record designed not to appease those in metal circles (and I use this term loosely when it comes to MJK's usual band, for too many genres are encompassed in Tool's work to lock them down to one description) nor to introduce the unwashed masses to the finer points of modern rock. It is just a damn fine album that demands careful listening and acceptance for no other purpose. Why does it have to be designed to "be" anything other than that. I cannot stress how much easier this is to listen to than Tool, but that's no bad thing on Tool's part, they are a different kettle of fish altogether, but that's another review - and let's not forget that tool was a pretty big departure for MJK anyway, does anyone here remember Green Jelly and Maynard's occasional vocals?For those who don't please find a copy of "House Me Teenage Rave" - an (apparently) Maynard piece. From Orestas and 3 Libras to the harder edges (still plastecine compared to forty six & 2 or Stinkfist, mind) of Judith, this is a great record for people who enjoy just listening to music and appreciating it, rather than having to decide where the hell it's supposed to have come from, artistically. Great orchestral style pieces accompanied by songs that can't fail to be "MTV" yet still carry significant weight and seriousness to please the most critical musico. Marginally better production would have been nice, but we can't have everything in this world. Enjoy.