3. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love And Understanding
4. What's Going On
6. Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie
7. People are People
8. Freedom of Choice
9. Let's Have A War
10. Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums
11. When the Levee Breaks
12. Fiddle and the Drum
Your RatingCreate an account or log in to rate this album
Only a year after releasing the not-so-great follow up to Mer De Noms, A Perfect Circle has decided to put out a cover album to proclaim their undying support for their belief in anti-war. A valiant effort for sure, yet it falls a little short. Maynard has been dubbed a 'musical genius', a 'God' if you will. There is no argument that he may be one of the most imaginative and inventive vocalists in the past decade, however, his almost predictable cryptic style has in fact grown old. We heard it on the last APC record and now on their latest, eMOTIVE.
Opening with "Annihilation," the gloomy, doomsday feel of the music layered with a soft spoken passage by Maynard doesn't do much for the listener, sure it is interesting, but it's not quite what I would call a 'song.' Then APC dives right into their cover of John Lennon's "Imagine," one of the bright spots on this disc. They manage to create a dark atmosphere in every song they cover and make it their own, that is something I truly admire about APC. Their take on Elvis Costello's "Truth, Love, and Understanding" is quite different from the original, yet I enjoyed it quite a bit. The keyboards really make the song shine. Other standouts that I for one liked were Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On," Black Flag's "Gimme Gimme Gimme," and
Led Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks."
Although the sound on this disc is something you would totally expect from A Perfect Circle, they manage to create brand new tunes out of beloved classics. I doubt anyone would recognize theses songs if it weren't for the lyrics. This made eMOTIVE an interesting experience, yet there is still that part of me that wishes the covers resembled more to that of the originals.
To be completely honest, besides from those songs mentioned above, the other's simply bored me, much like Thirteenth Step. Nonetheless, this is a good album if you want to try something different. One warning though, expect the unexpected.