Eat the Elephant

A Perfect Circle - Eat the Elephant
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Based on 17 reviews
2018 Ratings: #649 / 760
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Based on 134 ratings
2018 Ratings: #1028
April 20, 2018 / Release Date
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Metal Injection

Considering how long it’s been gestating, it’s downright remarkable that Eat the Elephant is so richly surprising, dependable, and multifaceted (in every way possible).

The Independent

While their early work was heavily driven by orchestral rock, their latest effort Eat The Elephant shows the band balancing darkness with a more subdued sound.


It's a cohesive and bold statement from A Perfect Circle, a triumphant comeback after too much time away.


Eat the Elephant is engaging, atmospheric rock done right with intelligent lyrics and ambitious themes.


Musically, Eat the Elephant marks a fresh and bold artistic statement for A Perfect Circle as each song unravels itself one layer at a time. Keenan balances the constructive dissemination of contemporary society in his own unique way and, in the process, rather surprisingly, may have just made one of the most prescient albums of the year.

Consequence of Sound

Essential for fans and sporadically thrilling for newcomers, Eat the Elephant is the kind of reunion record that most bands would kill for.


It will undoubtedly take some time for fans of the band's earlier work to get acquainted with the stylistic shift, though A Perfect Circle's messaging might have benefited more from sounds tried and true.

Spectrum Culture

There’s plenty to enjoy about this record—it’s just hard to not be disappointed that, after such a long wait, listeners have to wade through patches of blandness to get to the good stuff.

Drowned in Sound
Fourteen years on from their last outing, A Perfect Circle’s return to active duty as a living, breathing band is broadly speaking a good thing for the hard rock scene. Just don’t expect a record which silver plates their stellar reputation.
Metal Sucks

Eat the Elephant might not be a great album. But it is a good one, and if it’s anything like APC’s other records, it will get better with age.

A.V. Club

Brief outburst aside ... most of the belated Eat The Elephant sounds more resigned than incensed.

The Needle Drop

Eat the Elephant gets off to a strong start, but begins tanking in quality at the midway point.

No Ripcord

Eat the Elephant is a more well-timed and mature effort, but it also softens their resistance with little impact.


Eat the Elephant assumes the form of a gloomy adult-alternative record flush with grand pianos, classical strings, and slackened tempos. Were it not for Keenan’s crooned politicking and the odd outburst, one could easily mistake it for the work of the British piano-rock outfit Keane.

The 405

For the majority of its runtime, Eat the Elephant has so little in common with The Thirteenth Step and especially Mer de Noms, that I’m not sure there was any reason for Keenan and Howerdel to release it under the APC moniker. You know, except for the $$$.

If you’re reading this review on your phone, stop right now. Throw your “silicon obsession” against a wall. Technology is bad. Take in the world around you. Resist the stimuli. Exist in the silence. 54 year old white man, Maynard James Keenan, full-time wine enthusiast and occasional singer for less-than-prolific prog-metallers, Tool, genre-hopping, pure Id-channeling art rockers, Puscifer, and cod-mystical-alt-metallers turned well-duh-protest-rockers, A Perfect Circle, said ... read more
Why is everyone focusing on the horrendous cover art? I mean, yeah, the awful Photoshop job and just as bad makeup on Maynard is hard to ignore and easily makes it the worst album cover in their discography, but all of their album have terrible covers. Thirteenth Step is also poorly edited, and Mer De Noms looks like it's trapped in the '90s.

I'm not even surprised this ended up being as bad as it is. When a frontman of bands as great as Tool and A Perfect Circle decided to move all of his ... read more
Holy fuck that album cover...

Ok... that has got to be one of the worst artworks I've ever seen! The make-up and Photoshop jobs are horrible enough but... just look at what he's eating! I believe that is not an elephant, Mister Keenan.

Not gonna lie, the first half is actually really good. Tracks 2-6 are some of the strongest material A Perfect Circle have released to date! After that, the whole thing collapses HARD and I mean HAAARD! The rest of the album is filled with horrible compositions ... read more
Nearly a decade and a half later, that metallic circle is back with an album that has a terrible title, an even worse cover and a castrated content.
Well, isn't that enough to move on?
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Track List

  1. Eat the Elephant
  2. Disillusioned
  3. The Contrarian
  4. The Doomed
  5. So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish
  6. Talk Talk
  7. By and Down the River
  8. Delicious
  9. DLB
  10. Hourglass
  11. Feathers
  12. Get the Lead Out
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Added on: February 5, 2018