Live
V


3.5
great

Review

by Porter W. Richards USER (62 Reviews)
August 30th, 2007 | 5 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Live experiments a bit more with V, and shows another side to their mainstream rock profile.

Look, I could rant and rave about how great Throwing Copper and Secret Samadhi was, then complain about how bad V is. But, I'm not going to, mostly because its cliche and overused, but the truth is that V isn't a bad album. In fact, its most likely Live's best album since Throwing Copper, and was the last good album Live put out before the downhill slide Live has been on for most of the millenium with the christian-rock Birds of Pray and the utimately desperate and boring Songs From Black Mountain. V explored Live's more experimental, almost-funk influences with good success. Even though the album was received well by fans and critics, this album was the end of the road for Live. Why is that, you may ask?

Don't ask me, because V was better than half of the albums out on the shelves during its time. 2001, had, well, Weezer's Green Album, Jimmy Eat World's Bleed American, or Tool's overly-long-and-boring Lateralus. The album had some funky beats, keyboard squiggles, fast guitar riffs, and uplifting lyrics. What was not to like about V? Apparently, a lot, considering this album hasn't even gone Gold, and Simple Creed was barely a radio hit. The album may drag in the middle and be boring in parts, but still it should be good enough to at least go Gold-which it hasn't to this date.

There's plenty excellent, well-crafted uplifting songs like Simple Creed which was a bit unorthodox step-outside of the box for Live, as the verses were kind of rap, but the chorus was typical arena-ready anthems which catchy choruses and guitar riffs. Or, there's Deep Enough, which sounds just plain different than anything Live has done up to this album, as the verses feature some Pink Floyd-esque guitar riffs and rhythms behind Kowalcyk rapping (that's right, rapping) and a fun, atmospheric, and truly enjoyable chorus. Hero of Love has got some Beatles influences in it, as Kowalcyk goes into a high-pitched, almost folk whimper backed by some light, fluffy, almost-acoustic guitar riffs, or there's Transmit Your Love, which has a strange, sexy undertone about it, as the lead singer goes into a low-roar backed by some tuned-down guitars and bass riffs.

The album is still edgy and 'in-your-face' though, as many of the songs are aggressive, guitar-riff heavy anthems that should have been massive radio hits. While Live may have taken a more experimental step in the way of the They Stood Up For Love off of their last album, they still have that inital charm that made Live a big hit in the first place. Every song has its own identity, and its pretty astounding considering how much Live has matured over the years. Even though the album drags in the middle and becomes a bit boring with the over-abundance of low-toned ballads like Forever May Not Be Long Enough and Call Me a Fool, the album still manages to come off better than anything Live has put out in the past few years, and makes a truly good listen, especially if your open-minded and have the ability to look past Live's identity as a mainstream alternative rock band. Don't be expecting a trip down memory lane, but be expecting a breath of fresh air and take on modern alternative rock, but without all the depressing, burden-carrying angst of alt-rock bands of today.

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tribestros
August 30th 2007


918 Comments


Let me tell you crack me up.

samthebassman
August 30th 2007


2164 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The album was a real let down but "Overcome" is one of their best songs.

Ruthlessgrunge
August 30th 2007


460 Comments


I thought the shot at Lateralus was uncalled for and out of place. I havent heard this but now i would like to!

Iai
Emeritus
August 31st 2007


3553 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Brids of Pray > this.

UncalledFor
August 31st 2007


100 Comments


Good review! Way to defend an album that's held in generally low regard.

I have listened to this album like once, probably not the whole way through either. I do very well know and loathe Overcome (which I do think you should've mentioned considering you wrote the review AFTER it had been a worldwide hit).

I did enjoy Secret Samadhi and half of Throwing copper. Basically I feel Live has become guru Kowalczyk + band arrangements of spruced up campfire chords. Those Overcome lyrics are so fucking pompous! "Holy water in my lungs", my ass! In thongs!



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