A Perfect Circle
eMOTIVe


2.5
average

Review

by Nick Mongiardo CONTRIBUTOR (93 Reviews)
October 23rd, 2013 | 60 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The cover album that could have been...

It really is a shame that the masterpiece that was Thirteenth Step got followed up by this. For it to be followed with a mediocre cover album with an anti-war message is absolutely absurd. Emotive is basically the hint that the band would go on a long and painful hiatus. Therefore as one could imagine(no pun intended), this record as a whole is almost completely devoid of the talent and passion that made their first two records worthwhile. However, the album’s first half features four beacons of hope that are worth listening to and they are all top notch A Perfect Circle quality. The strange thing is, this album really could have been something special, but all of the album's fantastic ideas are all crammed into a streak of four songs.

With the exception of Annihilation, which is Maynard mundanely whispering to his throughout the song, tracks two through five are all amazing tracks that are all prime examples of how a cover can totally re-imagine a song as if it is their own. Imagine is a chilling reinterpretation of John Lennon’s desire for a better world where world peace dominated war and greed. A Perfect Circle’s version strives to preach to us that this type of world could never be achieved due to the cold hard fact of human nature through bleak piano melodies and strings. To build on this song is Peace Love and Understanding. This soothing song is essentially expressing how horrible this fact is through Billy’s gentle vocal delivery and a repeated atmospheric acoustic guitar riff and sound effects. Believe it or not the album gets even better with the next two songs.

Once What’s Going On starts you will be immediately mesmerized and in a trance. It is an astoundingly beautiful look at all the families in turmoil as a result of war and loss. Maynard and Billy have perfect chemistry as they both convey the sad lyrics through soft whispers and falsettos. The highlight of this song is without a doubt the euphoric guitar riffs scattered throughout and they really make you feel. However, the euphoria halts as Passive begins. Maynard gives one of his best performances over perfect compositions by Billy’s part. The climax of the show is also exhilarating. Sadly, everything after these songs “***ing disappoints me.”

It’s safe to say that the album takes a nasty trip down the stairs in the second half and never manages to get back up again. Gimme Gimme Gimme surprisingly manages to accomplish nothing more than annoy you as Maynard delivers strange and out of place growls. People Are People only builds on the annoyance with cringe worthy “la la la’s” and very plain keyboard melodies. Freedom of Choice is the only glimmer of hope in the final half with Billy singing an infectiously catchy chorus and some solid guitar riffs. After listening to Passive, at just comes off as very plain unfortunately.

As the album draws to a close, it really pains me to say that nothing is done right. Let’s Have A War and When The Levee Breaks only manage to make you fall asleep because they both never climax at any point and the vocal deliveries are lackluster. The funny thing is, A Perfect Circle actually made an attempt to cover one of their own songs, Pet. Unfortunately Counting Bodies does not do the masterful song any justice whatsoever. Counting Bodies is a heavily electronic version of Pet and trust me, this sound is as awful as I described it. Thankfully the album ends on a somewhat high note with some solid vocal harmonies in Fiddle and the Drum, but strangely enough, there is no music in the song which makes it extremely underwhelming.

Well, damn. Emotive is one of the biggest misfires of all time considering what it is following up. All A Perfect Circle fans deserved so much more than a lackluster cover album. Though it has a few amazing songs on it, the rest of the record only brings those songs down. Listen to tracks two through five of this record, but avoid the rest at all costs.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
KILL
October 23rd 2013


72280 Comments


yea pretty lame band

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mryrtmrnfoxxxy
October 23rd 2013


13453 Comments


have3 never finished this album

KILL
October 23rd 2013


72280 Comments


u dont wana

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
October 23rd 2013


6201 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Eating is way too hi

LilLioness
October 23rd 2013


2727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Idc if it is their worst album to date (which isn't saying much given they have only done 3), it is
still a great listen.

StallionMang
October 23rd 2013


6146 Comments


Nice review, pos'd. Band is overrated as fuck.

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PostMesmeric
October 23rd 2013


397 Comments


Not bad review. I will agree that the first few songs are the best, but I think "Counting Bodies..." is a great change from "Pet." I'll also agree that the Black Flag cover is a real trainwreck.

It's a better album to me than to most, but it's not a worthy followup to the incredible The Thirteenth Step.

NOTE: For future review formatting on Sputnikmusic, remember that song titles are in quotations ("Passive", "Imagine") and album titles are italicized.

FadedSun
October 23rd 2013


1317 Comments


This band fell off pretty hard.

Green Baron
October 23rd 2013


20325 Comments


passive and imagine rule

demigod!
October 23rd 2013


45261 Comments


TOOL >

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Green Baron
October 23rd 2013


20325 Comments


well obvs

demigod!
October 23rd 2013


45261 Comments


STOOL >

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
October 23rd 2013


11795 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thanks stallion and post! Band isn't boring but this album is pretty lame. And post noted for future reviews. I used to do that
but stopped for some reason

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MassiveAttack
October 23rd 2013


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Forgot about this, I can see why.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 23rd 2013


16478 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I really like "Passive" but the rest of the album is blah

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
October 23rd 2013


11795 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yea passive fucking rules

Green Baron
October 23rd 2013


20325 Comments


you fucking disappoint me

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
October 23rd 2013


11795 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Does anyone know if Trent Reznor wrote that whole song? Or did they write it together?

conesmoke
October 23rd 2013


5290 Comments


They wrote passive together in a project that was going to be known as 'tapeworm' but they couldn't get the creative juices flowing hard enough to release anything worthwhile. So Maynard stuck it on this record.

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
October 23rd 2013


11795 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Ahhh ok. Damn Passive is far from an "extra" track though.



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