A hardcore Tool fan since day one, I've also appreciated the cross-over of Maynard into his second project, A Perfect Circle. I always look forward to the forceful delivery of their stunning musical angst - but this one, is a wild deviation from the genre. By no means a flop, I think the covers are well-rendered, and the messages in the music are well overdue. However, if you buy this expecting Tool and Perfect Circle in the traditional subliminal and primal style - you will be a bit disappointed. My personal opinion is that this should have been an online download from the APC site. The consolation for those in my position is the track "Passive" - which is alright! The overall tone of the album however, is miles away from their last effort, and more remniscient of Rush's "Test for Echo" album (too many samples, too digitized, too quantized). I'd say this album left me in a worse shape than the anticipation stage! Now for a good new Tool release to make up for this one!