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November 2nd, coinciding with the Presidential election, APC will be releasing a collection of songs about WAR, PEACE, LOVE AND GREED, entitled eMOTIVe. eMOTIVe features new material and songs like "Imagine" by John Lennon, "What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye, "Let's Have A War" by FEAR.


Maynard James Keenan is known for venting his personal angst through the abstract metal of his former band Tool and the poisoned art rock of his current outfit A Perfect Circle. On the group's third full-length release, however, the songwriter drops the high drama and gets blunt: War is bad. Politicians are evil. The world is doomed. To support his case he delivers a handful of politically charged originals and unusual Eastern-influenced covers of crusty anti-war anthems like John Lennon's "Imagine" and Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On." You could never accuse Keenan of being predictable. --Aidin Vaziri
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  • Audio CD (November 2, 2004)
  • Parental Advisory ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • ASIN: B000641ZIQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (451 customer reviews)
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As I looked at the other reviews (poor reviews mostly) I decided to go back and look at reviews from the last two albums. The lesser reviews on this album criticize that the last two albums were way better than this once and that people would soon be reaching for thirteenth step after going through this release. The reviews lesser reviews about thirteenth step noted that Mer de Noms was the better cd and thirteenth step was a waste of money. Going all the way back to Mer de Noms reviews, everyone compared the cd to tool and called it too mainstream. What I'm saying is that people that want to hear a specific sound or song over and over again get pissed when albums don't all sound the same. However, when they do sound the same people complain about the music being repatitious. As far as judging cover songs, some people don't want to hear the same song played the same way by different people and others do. This band chose to incorporate there own style into each cover and I think that is cool and creative. When you listen to this album don't think about Thirteenth Step, Mer de Noms, or Tool. Think about the creative and artistic touch this band put into some classic favorites. You may like it or you may not, but the band has held true to their style and beliefs here and I think the album is increadible. THINK FOR YOURSELF!
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Nowadays, if you're a celebrity, there are really two ways you can protest a war or government. You can either do what one Fred Durst did, and make a holy fool of yourself by grabbing the mic at an awards show and saying to the crowd "I hope we're all in agreeance that this war should go away"; or plan b) you can make a protest album. Maynard James Keenan and his side project, A Perfect Circle, have a little intelligence on their side, so they chose the latter option. "Emotive," APC's third release, is a protest/covers album; it covers everything from John Lennon ("Imagine") to Depeche Mode ("People Are People") to Black Flag ("Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie"). Plus, there are two original songs (tracks which aren't covers). Track five, "Passive," is actually a remake of a song written by Keenan and Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, and "Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums" (catchy title, huh?) is, contrary to popular belief, not a remix of the song "Pet" (which appeared on A Perfect Circle's last album, "13th Step"). Rather, this song is a continuation/second part of "Pet."

Some fans think that "Emotive" isn't an anti-war album, because of comments made by Maynard before the album's release. But, with lyrics like "war is not the answer" (in "What's Going On," a song originally done by Marvin Gaye), it's hard to believe there isn't an underlying political or anti-war message, here.

Almost every song on here is moving and touching. "Emotive," as a whole, is very depressing, but it's also very pretty. Plus, some of the songs (like "Imagine" and "Passive") are even kind of catchy.

The album begins with "Annihilation," which has very creepy, almost bonechilling whispers about power. The next song, "Imagine," is the single.
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I bought this CD today just on the strength of APC's first two albums. And while I can't say it was a total waste, the album has its share of problems. Let me explain.

Two things will mark this album as different in the APC canon: it is political and it consists of mostly covers. Neither of these characteristics is inherently problematic in a CD, but they do both set limitations that can narrow its appeal. APC has already done some excellent covers ("The Nurse Who Loved Me" and "Love Song"), so it's not necessarily a bad idea to try a few more. The band's opinions (heavily suggested by the selection of songs even if you missed the peace symbol on the front) are actually irrelevant; what matters here is the quality of the music in the first place. And even if the ideas within are probably in sync with most APC listeners, the songs are overall a disappointment.

Consider first the original material. "Passive" is of course the result of Maynard's project with Trent Reznor, so naturally the expectations should be high. But both artists have done much better than this. It's not unbearable, just rather bland. There is also "Counting Bodies Like Sheep..." which is essentially a reworking of "Pet" from Thirteenth Step. Not bad, but it sounded better the first time around. (Strangely, it bears a much greater resemblance to NIN than "Passive." Call it subconscious plagiarism.)

Four of the covers succeed in reinventing their respective originals. "When the Levee Breaks" is particularly beautiful, a mellow but thought-provoking rainy day of a song. Its closing piano riff brings to mind Massive Attack's "Heat Miser," which even if derivative is not necessarily a bad thing.
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"oh my friend, how did you come to trade the fiddle for the drum?"

i'm listening to eMOTIVE by aPerfectCircle and after reading some of the terrible reviews it received, i am quite in disagreement with those reviews.

most people do not like the fact that a lot of these songs are covers done in new ways but i want to say to those people that this is a huge band. they have put out amazing music and are constantly coming out with new material - if they want to do covers on an album about anti-war they damn well can! they can sing about whatever they bloodly well want to as well as it's done well! and yes, it IS done well.

furthermore, people are surprised with the anti-war/anti-violence message here and claim that maynard james keenan has "sold out" and suddenly become a peace freak because all of his other albums (tool included) are pro violence. and i simply have to do a double take here. WHAT? while keenan and his musicians express many of the primitive emotions known to humans, they have never come out to sing that violence is the way to go. in fact, as long as i've been listening to them, their message about finding peace within and coming to terms with the dark side of the human psyche has been clear as a bell! in fact, i have often been absolutely impressed with this metal/rock band's ability to preach the succulent message of inner sanctity while maintaining a provocatively dark image.

tool/APC has always been about primal feelings, about those deep dark emotions we keep so well hidden. about the repressed, and finding release for it. not in easy ways, and not generally in happy ways, but neither in destructive ways necessarily. yes, it's a lot of anger and pain, but they do not condone violence.
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