A Perfect Circle can no longer be described as "Maynard's side-project" or "a substandard Tool." With this new album they have found their own voice and style and it suits them perfectly. However, with this band it is easy to hear their influences and their connections. There are elements of Tool, Smashing Pumpkins (thankfully no Marilyn Manson, and Jon Freese has played in far too many bands to give a distinct sound, is it more Vandals or Guns N Roses?) and there are clear elements of The Cure and some Tori Amos. Maynard till sounds as unique as ever. He is the star of the show and there's no denying it. It's good to hear new work by him until some new Tool emerges. Track highlights include the brooding The Package, the stunningly beautiful The Noose (this track alone is better than anything from Mer De Noms) the heavier Pet and the current single Weak & Powerless. Any fan of the first album and any fan of Tool or Smashing Pumpkins will have already bought this album, the rest of you should too.
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