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    Posted: November 01 2004 at 04:56
My local record shop owner dangled the forthcoming A Perfect Circle album in front of my nose on Saturday, but refused to sell me a copy.  It is a covers album (I was asked who wrote the original When The Levee Breaks, since songwritng credits are attributed to "Trad Arrng."- anybody?) - and I guess (coming away without even hearing one note off that album) that this album will give some strong clues to A Perfect Circle's creditials as one of the nu.progressive rock bands. Anybody heard it yet and can make commnet?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 01 2004 at 06:01

Ive heard nothing but bad things about that album, in NME they say 11 out the 12 songs are S**t.  I have a fellow Tool and APC fan friend that has heard it and agrees its rubish .

When is Maynard going to get TOOL back together and stop pussyfooting around with APC?

I saw APC a few months ago live and they were amazing but when ever I hear any of their tunes I just want them to push things a little further and basically be TOOL!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 01 2004 at 08:52
Originally posted by Petra Petra wrote:

 NME they say 11 out the 12 songs are S**t.  I have a fellow Tool and APC fan friend that has heard it and agrees its rubish .

 

I stopped trusting NME's writers' opinion several decades ago - and they were one of the first  UK magazines, hounding prog underground  - and scanning through it every week nowadays , nothing there to change my opinion about the record reviews. However, Petra your second sentence has made me wary - listen, before thinking about buying.

 

 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 01 2004 at 10:59
A belated lunchbreak, and I popped into my local record store 45 minutes ago and sampled A Perfect Circle's newie Emotive,  and because of  what I heard I bought it - reconfirming to me, that NME continues for the 4th decade to have it head up its fundament (with the exception of only a few teenage kicks). Then I had a 20 minutes  bus ride to sample it more closely.  I can guess why Tool and probably A Perfect Circle fans might be rejecting it. Musically, it isn't a Tool album (with the exception of one track?), and only A Perfect Circle album only in the sense of the musicians. However, it does what I want of a covers album: tunes are taken, deconstructed without destroying that usually indefinable essence and then reconstructed into some new, with respect to new arrangements and new insights into the original. What sold me was the Imagine cover; noboby has ever moved the song this far away from the original wrt arrangement, (I prefer not to hear the obvious all over again - very little of this version is "obvious"). Ditto for the Marvin Gaye cover What's Going On. This is an album that will withstand many plays and probably offer something new most airings. The last covers record I heard and enjoyed was the summer released Rush album - but that was clearly Rush doing the Who, or the Yardbirds or Buffalo Springfield or Love, with only a little added. Rather like the bonus tracks of medleys of covers included on many of Genesis's 80's 12" singles, the Rush stuff is fun but ultimately forgettable amongst their main body of work. This A Perfect Circle album gives a lot more food for thought - and not doubt arguments to its worth. For the time being I'm with this album - but I'll admit it doesn't add much to deciding whether they are nu.progressives or not.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 01 2004 at 20:10

From their website:

 

eMOTIVe

With “eMOTIVe,” A Perfect Circle restore rock ‘n’ roll to its revolutionary roots by throwing a 12-megaton musical bomb in the face of the ruling class. Described by APC’s Maynard James Keenan as “a collection of songs about war, peace, love and greed,” the astonishing set blends all-new original material with a provocative selection of cover versions. The tracks chosen bridge three decades of protest songs, spanning an array of genres – hardcore punk and heavy metal, new wave and Delta blues, folk rock and rhythm & blues. Among the insurgent classics reinterpreted on “eMOTIVe” are John Lennon’s “Imagine,” Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” Memphis Minnie’s blues stomper, “When The Levee Breaks” (made famous by Led Zeppelin), Depeche Mode’s “People Are People,” Devo’s “Freedom Of Choice,” Black Flag’s “Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie,” Fear’s “Let’s Have A War,” Joni Mitchell’s “Fiddle And The Drum,” and the Nick Lowe (by way of Elvis Costello) anti-anthem, “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding.” The album kicks off with an explosive take on “Annihilation,” originally recorded by Berkeley aggro-punk legends, Crucifix. The eMOTIVe release is a limited edition special package that includes a lenticular cover.

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