- Audio CD (17 Sept. 2001)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Enhanced
- Label: Universal / Island
- ASIN: B00005NZKG
- Other Editions: Audio Cassette | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,034 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Live - V - Cd
On Live's fifth album, V, the earnestness of their impressive 1991 debut has completely disappeared. Everything about this album feels forced and overproduced. Electronic beeps and loops swirl through songs like a U2 record gone bad. Guitar solos squeal in overarching metal-band style and front man Ed Kowalczyk's vocals are so overdramatically pained, you can almost feel the veins popping off his neck for the most mundane subject matter. Even the band's use of Eastern influences feels slapped on, as in the intro to the nu-metal disaster "Like a Soldier". The guest appearance by Tricky--a partnership that only Kowalczyk's appearance on the last Tricky album can match in oddity--feels like nothing but a gimmick. What started out as an American alternative rock act has sadly become just another attempt at grandiose sound with invisible substance. --Jennifer Maerz
Top Customer Reviews
Okay, first of all, the songs I love:
Simple Creed, Forever May Not Be Long Enough, Flow and Hero Of Love are all superb, classic live songs. And Overcome is intensely moving - one of their best songs from any album. Favourite track is Deep Enough - really edgy and sexy!
Nobody Knows was going great until Ed started whistling!
Like A Soldier is a bit mediocre - I just can't take to it.
Transmit Your Love - an absolutely sublime chorus spoiled by the rest of the song. Needed a bit more work in the lyrics department if you ask me.
The rest of the songs just don't do it for me.
To sum up, it's not a bad album by any means - I'd be very happy with 'V' if it was by many other Artists. But I expect nothing but perfetion from Live and this is the only time I've been disappointed. If you already have Secret Samadhi, The Distance To Here and Throwing Copper (in that order of preference), buy V. If not, get the others first as they're definitely all ***** material - then buy V, then Mental Jewlery.
Definitely an album to satisfy the rocker in me
i would however suggest getting this cd, as i do listen to it all the time. it does take a couple of runs through, so be patient! you will learn to love it like me.
It was fantastic to purchase the album with 'Forever May Not be Long Enough' track, only previously available on the Mummy Returns Soundtrack.
For Rockers looking for the next fix - you'll find it here.
It was nice to find an album that I liked instantly and wanted to listen to again and turn up as loud as my car stereo speakers would allow.
Five is a great follow up to their previous work and proves that album excellence can be achieved again and again. Ed Kowalcyzk proves that there are still many more great songs to write.
Better than the Distance to Here but no Throwing Copper there are some quality songs hidden in the mix and the performances are full of energy and commitment.
To their credit, Live are not content to stick to rigidly to a formula and, though this album isn't one of my favourites, I suspect it will reward perseverance and further listening.
On balance, I'd say if you don't have a Live album I'd buy Throwing Copper, but this is a fine album and worth adding to your collection
Once again you've gone and written another Live album. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Of course it's a good thing, but true to form Ed's written a load of songs that are strangely catchy but yet elusive enough that whenever you want to listen to something it *has* to be this album. The same was true of 'Throwing Copper', 'The Distance From Here' and to a slightly lesser extent 'Secret Samedi'. Anything else you've been listening to recently will be soon be a faint memory.
The worst thing is that not only do I now have to listen to *this* album over and over until it melts, but I also have to revisit all their previous material for comparative purposes. Once more, damn them. Each album release increases the pile of Live I have to listen to. ...I'm also going to disagree with most people that 'Throwing Copper' was their finest hour. It's more accessable than this album or 'The Distance To Here', but it feels dated now. Besides, it hurts my throat when I listed to 'I Alone' and try to sing along in the car.
To my mind there aren't any real stand out songs on the album, but that's what you expect from Live. They make albums. Damn fine albums. Damn them. They don't let you skip over the bad bits to get to the catchy fluffy songs.
I'll give it 5 out of 5 until I stop listening to it in about 3 months. At that time it'll be consigned to the back of a drawer, only to re-emerge when Live release another album.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The intro is an introduction to the differences between this and other live albums, it is probably what puts many off this album. Read morePublished on 29 Sept. 2009 by genejoke
Live tracked a course from relative obscurity to superstardom in one leap (like many other acts such as, say, ZZ Top before them, to name but one). Read morePublished on 24 Sept. 2008 by O-mindcrime
I have fought the cause for this album many times over the years. Many Live fans dislike this album. Some of us, however, rate it highly. Read morePublished on 13 Jun. 2006 by cougarric
The year of 2001 saw the release of the Pennsylvanian rock band Live’s fifth album “V”. Read morePublished on 2 Feb. 2006 by Chris Hall
The 14 stars on the front of this CD are a little bit optimistic, to say the least. I haven't been this disappointed with an album since the Chili Peppers released 'One Hot... Read morePublished on 17 Sept. 2003 by Zebulebu
Unlike most Live fans, I have only started to listen to them recently after my partner introduced me to them, and I now own all 5 albums. Read morePublished on 16 Nov. 2002 by Craig Robinson
If you're one of those people that doesn't stop comparing Live to their second album, Throwing Copper, you might as well stop reading now. Read morePublished on 15 Jan. 2002 by firstname.lastname@example.org