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Sunday, 13 November 2011

A Perfect Circle - The Thirteenth Step LP 2003

What is it?
A Perfect Circle basically comprise guitarist Billy Howerdell and the singer from Tool, Maynard James Keenan, with a varied make up of supporting musicians. Billed as a 'rock super group' they manage to produce something far more interesting and subtle than your average Velvet Revolver wannabes. 

Why should you listen?
If you, like me, find Tool a bit beefy in a stereotypical rock behemoth kind of way, then A Perfect Circle may be the ideal compromise. Not that this is just 'Tool-lite' as it's much more complex, subtle and intriguing than a stripped down version of Keenan's day job. Take all the best bits from Tool; the voice, the power and the lyrics but add some interesting arrangements and some quality control in the song writing department and you've pretty much got A Perfect Circle. Don't expect to get into this immediately, but perseverance will be rewarded. 

What's it like?
It's like Arnold Shwarzennegger in Kindergarden Cop.

What's the best song?
"The Outsider" has all of Tool's beef, but also provides mash and two veg.

Who does it sound like?
Undeniably sounds like Tool, at times there's a touch of Eels and At the Drive in.

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