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by A Perfect Circle

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When Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan covered Wings' "Silly Love Songs" as a guest vocalist for the Replicants, it was amusing and well thought out. When Tool covered "No Quarter" in concert it was intense, appropriate, and staggeringly good. And when Maynard continued the tradition with the beautiful recording of


When Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan covered Wings' "Silly Love Songs" as a guest vocalist for the Replicants, it was amusing and well thought out. When Tool covered "No Quarter" in concert it was intense, appropriate, and staggeringly good. And when Maynard continued the tradition with the beautiful recording of Failure's "The Nurse Who Loved Me," it became apparent that Maynard had a penchant for re-recording songs that were of high quality but not necessarily anthems. But then there's the notion of recording a whole album of covers, which immediately sends off red flags that the water may be running dry and the record label is thirsty for a new release. A Perfect Circle's album of covers, Emotive, falls flat and fails to raise the bar set so high by the quality of their previous two releases. Turning some of popular music's most potent songs into a soundtrack ideal for background music at your local teen-angst mall-chain clothing store, A Perfect Circle work their way through 12 songs that would almost be unrecognizable in their current arrangement if one weren't familiar with the original versions of each song. John Lennon's somber, optimistic anthem for peace, "Imagine," is changed from its original major key to a funereal minor key dirge. Marvin Gaye's perfect "What's Going On" is turned into a horrible industrial track that would be permissible on a budget-line compilation but is simply unforgivable in its inclusion here. The same could apply to the butchering of Black Flag's "Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie" and a few other numbers. However, the album's sole moment of tranquility and its most effective moments lie in the band's treatment of Led Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks" and the disturbing a cappella of Joni Mitchell's "Fiddle and the Drum." But it's almost too little too late by the time these two roll around. Emotive is a slight dent in the armor of Maynard's nearly flawless career as a frontman, and it's (hopefully) a mere detour for A Perfect Circle. [A clean version of Emotive has been issued for those with a sensitive constitution to excessive profanity.]

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Perfect Circle   Primary Artist
Josh Freese   Drums
James Iha   Bass,Guitar
Maynard James Keenan   Piano,Vocals
Danny Lohner   Guitar,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Billy Howerdel   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Harmonium,Keyboards,Vocals
Jason Freese   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Joshua Eustis   Drums,fender rhodes
Paz Lenchantin   Piano,Strings
Jeordie White   Bass,Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Joni Mitchell   Composer
Greg Ginn   Composer
Renaldo Benson   Composer
Gerald V. Casale   Composer
Cleveland   Composer
Charles Clouser   Programming
Martin Gore   Composer
James Iha   Programming
Maynard James Keenan   Composer,Executive Producer,Re-arranged
Nick Lowe   Composer
Trent Reznor   Composer
Lee Ving   Composer
Danny Lohner   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Re-arranged,Instrumentation
Philo Cramer   Composer
Steven R. Gilmore   Art Direction
Billy Howerdel   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Re-arranged,Audio Production
Joshua Eustis   Engineer
Christopher Douglas   Composer

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Emotive 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Billy, the guitar player, is singing on a lot of the songs and his voice isn't good at all. The arrangements on the cover songs are weird and not artistic in any way. You need to listen to the samples before you buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I expected so much better from talented artists such as these. I understand that covers shouldn't sound like the originals, that is fine, but some of these are just awful. For instance "When the Levee Breaks", most popularly covered by Led Zeppelin, just turns out completely terrible. The remix of Pet is deplorable. I think that vocalist Maynard James Keenan is much more affective when he is going on about personal politics instead of these things. I'll admit that some of the songs are tolerable, at best, but a lot of this is just sub par. I never thought I would have to rate these guys so low.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The title of this album should be 'Emotion over music'. It's a testimony to what occurs when politics over-ride the music. Poor covers, statements more than lyrics, music as a backdrop to abstract propaganda. What a shame...such a good band too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While this album is a slight disappointment from these obviously talented musicians, it should not be pushed to the side and immediately labeled as teen-angst garbage. A Perfect Circle set out to record an album that explored their deeply political views. This was of course an extremely risky, but admirable move for them. The music side of the album is considerably different from A Perfect Circle’s previous efforts. While they still maintain their artistic edge, they did leave behind part of the essence that made their music so extraordinary. Comprised of cover songs, many people probably come into this expecting to hear the same basic classic tunes. That is absolutely not the case here. A Perfect Circle has completely recreated the music and given most of the songs a sad or angry feel to more grasp their feelings on the political situations revolving around the nation today. Please do not expect these songs to advance on the classics. Whoever goes into any cover album, hoping to hear improved tunes based on their favorite hits from the past, will almost always be disappointed. While I do wish that A Perfect Circle would have taken a little bit more time to produce the album, in the end it doesn’t really matter to me. They released the Thirteenth Step album just last year, and then decided to make another one rushing to make the Election Day deadline. Bottom line is that I stand by the efforts of this album. Sure the music may not be anything too special, but the message behind the instruments is what this album is all about. If you want to hear A Perfect Circle’s true musical talent, go pick up one of their two previous works. If you want to listen to a project based around deep beliefs and aren’t afraid to broaden your horizons, then this is a magnificent albums for those who properly accept it for what it is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's not really Perfect Circle, but it's still good. Perhaps they could've put in more variety, but overall, I thought the album was good. After all, they were all covers. This album goes beyond the current political atmosphere and covers a more universal theme of peace. The cover selections are very good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm saying this. eMOTIVe is the most provacative, genius, and engrossing albums i've ever listened to. Although i don't agree with most of their political views (in which this whole cd is based on) this album made me think. Not only is this album revolutionizing the way I think, its musical aspects are genius. Slow, haunting melodies, acompanied by genius vocal sounds. APC has released a genius mixture of cover songs about peace, and how America has issues, and they should be fixed. I recomend that every human on earth listens to this albums, expecialy "imagine." It is the greatest song i've heard in 20 years
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is just purely awful. I love it when a band covers a song and changes it to fit their sound, but these just out and out don't sound good. Lame cash grab, it seems to me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album has a few successes; "Imagine", for instance. But they did little to make up for the over-sentimental and over-played "message" that the band was trying to relate to their fans and, like they wanted, the world. It's as if they thought just saying hippie slogans into a microphone would bring about their message. In actuality the message was lost in the ineffectual repeatings of variations of the same tired phrase "we need peace and love." This band has a lot more talent then this, so if this was the first you heard of them, try their other two cd's out. Maybe they just got so confident in what they were trying to say that they forgot to say it in an effective way, and in the end they didn't say much at all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are two great songs on it--"Passive" and "Imagine." The rest of the songs are not good. They don't sound like "A Perfect Circle." Besides that, Maynard's voice can barely be heard on the not good songs. It comes down to this--if you want to own "Passive" and "Imagine," then you have to buy the CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simply refreshing to hear music that has something to say rather then, pay me. Emotive is an evolutionary step into music, all those who say, "its not like APC's previous albums." Do you always want your music to sound the same? Give it another listen and you will find a hybrid mix of music intellectuals. Look at the music credits, Danny Lohner of NIN fame, James Iha of Smashing Pumpkins Fame, etc. Stop hearing music and actually listen, it opens up a new world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While this is the first full APC album that I have heard, I thought it was a really good CD. At first I thought the tracks were lame, until I gave it another try, then I gave it another. It took some getting used to, but now I can't take the CD out of my player. My favorite tracks are "Imagine", "Whats going on", "Passive", & "Counting bodies like sheep..." I recommend this CD to anyone who's willing to open thier mind and give it a listen or two.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A perfect circle is one of those bands that never seems to fail at what they do. Emotive is an album that reflects political beliefs, and personal inspiration, who are we to judge? This album is based upon the songs of the past that have somehow made a large difference to Maynard, A Perfect Circle is great. The song Passive is brilliant.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got the cd on a whim. I had just seen 'Constantine,' and my cousin had mentioned that "Passive" was on APC's new cd. So of course I had to go buy it. I will agree that it took a bit of time for me to get used to it, but now I absolutely love it. You don't even have to agree with each and every song, each of them become addicting after a while, especially #10 (though I can't remember the title right now). If you don't mind a bit of controversy, buy this, and you won't regret it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'll say it now- the CD is great. "Imagine" "Counting bodies like sheep..." "Freedom of choice" etc. They all are remakes of older songs, though. But they've done it beatifully. The only big problem i had with the CD was Track #11, which, im sorry to say, was horrible. The rest of the CD easily makes up for it though, so have a listen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is reaLLy different than the other APC cds. Sure I like the first two cds better, but this has a lot of interesting stuff, and it's AMAZING to me that they even ATTEMPTED to do a cover of IMAGINE,an eternal song that only a truly great artist could attempt to interpret without imitating Lennon, yet Maynard & co. present a unique version, making only subtle changes and updating the classic for these heavy times. The video for Imagine is awesome- truly doing justice to such a simple yet profound song. A great statement and A Perfect Circle's last it seems, which is ok because that means Maynard gets to devote time to the mightiest alt-metal band ever, Tool :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This sounds nothing like the first two CDs from "A Perfect Circle." Billy is singing on a lot of the songs. His voice is nothing like Maynard's. I love Maynard's voice. And when I buy a CD from "A Perfect Circle" that's what I expect. Also, the music sounds tecno. I can't trust "A Perfect Circle" anymore. Let's keep it real.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The CD cover is great looking. Most of the songs are awful though. The only good song is "Passive." "Imagine" is just okay. The rest of the songs are really bad. Listen to the music samples listed here and you'll see what I'm talking about.
IX-XXVI More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of Maynard and Billy, you will be pleased with this set of nods to thinking musicians of days past. Maynard is the quintessential musical lyricist of this generation, and has surpassed much of the pasts attempts at true thought in music. This set, with it's original "Passive" and "Counting Bodies" (a remake of "Pet" from 13th Step) and it's covers of some classics from the last unjust war, make for some rather emotional listening. The rendition of "When the Levy Breaks" is haunting in its simplicity and strongly reminiscent in it's delivery. As a departure from the first two albums, this one is well worth the money, even if it is not full of the same purpose as Thirteenth Step and Mer de Noms. If you are looking for more of that, you will be disappointed. However, if you are ready to think instead of counting bodies like sheep, get ready. It's an album that will challenge you, like all memorable art should do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though agreeing with you on some of your points about this album, I believe that it more than carries itself through the entire album. If nothing else, this album is head and shoulders above many others on the market now. Certainly it gives audiophiles hope that there in fact is still intelligence in the music community. Even without knowing the originals, I believe this album puts an interesting new face on such old and tired songs as "What's Going On" and "Peace Love and Understanding." If nothing else, the two new titles on the album (which were not discussed in your review) are more than creative enough to carry the album even without a few of the less interesting covers. I will grant you that this may not be an album that everyone will be playing through every time like the first two, but by no means is this something that will in any way "dent...Maynard's nearly flawless career." I would still highly recommend this album to anyone tired of the incessant moans of Avril Lavigne and Good Charlotte.
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