The Deal: Tool/A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan releases his latest effort.
The Good: On first listen, as a huge fan of Tool and A Perfect Circle, I was disappointed. That said, if you take the album on its own – without preconceived notions of what it should be – the results can be surprising. The more I listened, the more it grew on me. It doesn't have the highest craftsmanship – the beats and lyrics can be simple, but there are charming qualities if you look closely. With "Queen B," you can only assume he's trying to make fun of most pop/hip-hop music with the lyrics of "This lovely lady got the thickness/Can I get a witness?" Contributors on the album include Primus' Tim "Herb" Alexander and actress Milla Jovovich.
The Bad: Keenan has one of the most unique, powerful and down-right-incredible rock voices around. Problem is he spends most of this album talking or growling, only offering up a taste of his vocal prowess in the background of a track or two.
The Verdict: Not terrible, but nothing close to his work in Tool or A Perfect Circle. One of those albums that hardcore fans will love and the rest will forget all about. Best for mood music on a rainy day – especially the haunting "Rev 22:20." Still better than anything you'd hear from Britney Spears (how the hell did she sell 290,000?!).