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eMOTIVe

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 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." 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.
© Rob Theakston /TiVo

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1
Annihilation
00:02:13

MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN, Producer, Executive Producer - Matthew Borruso, Composer - Sothria Pheng, Composer - Billy Howerdel, Producer - A Perfect Circle, MainArtist - Christopher Douglas, Composer

(C) 2004 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2004 Virgin Records

2
Imagine
00:04:48

Josh Freese, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN, Producer, Piano, Executive Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Paz Lenchantin, Piano, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Howerdel, Producer, Guitar, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - A Perfect Circle, MainArtist

(C) 2004 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2004 Virgin Records

3
Peace Love And Understanding
00:05:03

Nick Lowe, Composer - MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN, Producer, Executive Producer - Billy Howerdel, Producer - A Perfect Circle, MainArtist

(C) 2004 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2004 Virgin Records

4
What's Going On
00:04:53

Renaldo Benson, ComposerLyricist - Alfred Cleveland, ComposerLyricist - Marvin Gaye, ComposerLyricist - MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN, Producer, Executive Producer - Billy Howerdel, Producer - A Perfect Circle, MainArtist

(C) 2004 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2004 Virgin Records

5
Passive Explicit
00:04:08

Trent Reznor, Composer - MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer - Danny Lohner, Composer - Billy Howerdel, Composer, Producer - A Perfect Circle, MainArtist

(C) 2004 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2004 Virgin Records

6
Gimme Gimme Gimme
00:02:18

MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN, Producer, Executive Producer - Greg Ginn, Composer - Billy Howerdel, Producer - A Perfect Circle, MainArtist

(C) 2004 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2004 Virgin Records

7
People Are People
00:03:41

Martin Gore, Composer - MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN, Producer, Executive Producer - Billy Howerdel, Producer - A Perfect Circle, MainArtist

(C) 2004 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2004 Virgin Records

8
Freedom Of Choice
00:02:59

Gerald V. Casale, Composer - Mark Mothersbaugh, Composer - MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN, Producer, Executive Producer - Billy Howerdel, Producer - A Perfect Circle, MainArtist

(C) 2004 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2004 Virgin Records

9
Let's Have A War
00:03:28

MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN, Producer, Executive Producer - Lee Ving, Composer - Billy Howerdel, Producer - Philo Cramer, Composer - A Perfect Circle, MainArtist

(C) 2004 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2004 Virgin Records

10
Counting Bodies Like Sheep To The Rhythm Of The War Drums Explicit
00:05:36

MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer - Danny Lohner, Participant - Josh Eustis, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Howerdel, Composer, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Freese, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - A Perfect Circle, MainArtist

(C) 2004 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2004 Virgin Records

11
When The Levee Breaks
00:05:55

Traditional, Composer - MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN, Producer - Billy Howerdel, Producer - A Perfect Circle, MainArtist

(C) 2004 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2004 Virgin Records

12
Fiddle And The Drum
00:03:05

Joni Mitchell, Composer - MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN, Producer, Executive Producer - Billy Howerdel, Producer - A Perfect Circle, MainArtist

(C) 2004 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2004 Virgin Records

Album Description

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." 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.
© Rob Theakston /TiVo

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