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A Perfect Circle

Three Sixty

Buying compilation albums are like going to a family reunion. It starts with a sense of misguided obligation and ends with regret for ever having done so in the first place. A Perfect Circle's Three Sixty blessedly proves that ham-fisted metaphor to be all wrong.

At first glance, it's a typical chronological affair, beginning with The Hollow from debut album Mer Der Noms and ending with a live version of "Fiddle And The Drum" from the newly released Stone and Echo box set. Disc two also includes a previously unreleased track "By And Down" - a bit more of a progressive number, but nevertheless, a standout on an album of standouts.

What makes Three Sixty stand out from most compilation albums is the cohesive nature of what is really a remarkable career. It's not a comp for the listener to cherry-pick. Three-Sixty plays almost as a two-disc concept album. An album full of emotive highs and lows, both the dark and the light. The one-disc version is a truncated version of the same concept, but not quite as fully realized. If you're trying to decide which version to get, the Deluxe is most definitely the way to go.

8.5 / 10Kevin Fitzpatrick
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