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Album Review

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.]

Customer Reviews

dear maynard,

Shame on you.

Who am I kidding, I’m still going to buy "What Is…." when the karma wears off and it’s actually available. I guess I’m spending $90 for some live versions and three new songs today………..

signed,
a fan watching his idol sell out

Makes me wish I was...

Back at the concert I saw them at. I actually like seeing APC live better than Tool. Amazing show and these live albums are phenomenal

Disappointing

It stinks that I have to buy the whole album to get Diary of a Long Song! Not a big fan of eMotive because I think that it slow and sounds so doom and gloom. But like others that have complaints like these I will probably buy it because I have been waiting to have a copy of the song other than the bootleg.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed by Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan and former Tool guitar tech Billy Howerdel, A Perfect Circle is an extension of the alt-metal-fused-with-art rock style popularized by Tool in the early to mid-'90s. While similar to Tool in intensity and melancholy, A Perfect Circle is less dark and more melodic, with a theatrical, ambient quality that incorporates occasional strings and unusual instrumentation. After the release of Ænima in 1996, Tool found themselves in the midst of an extended legal...
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