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4.2 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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  • 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)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Intro (Live/V)
  2. Simple Creed
  3. Deep Enough
  4. Like A Soldier
  5. People Like You
  6. Transmit Your Love
  7. Forever May Not Be Long Enough
  8. Call Me A Fool
  9. Flow
  10. The Ride
  11. Nobody Knows
  12. OK
  13. Overcome
  14. Hero Of Love
  15. Simple Creed

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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

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Okay, I've spent the best part of a year hating this album on principle, but now I have to admit that it is rather good. It just wasn't what I was expecting from Live. I mean, Tricky rapping, lots of keyboard and two remixes - WHOA, we're not on familiar territory here!
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.
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By A Customer on 18 Sept. 2001
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By Live's high standards, this is a slightly disappointing album. After the soaring melodies and beautiful lyrics that made 'The Distance to Here' an eternal classic, this seems tame. Ed Kowalczyk's voice is as powerful and impressive as ever, but that is all that remains the same in a strangely muted and subdued album. True, the lyrics still deal with lofty themes and raw, sweaty human emotion, but are not as beautiful or poetic as the previous three albums'. Gone, too, is the unhinged power in the music. The highlights are probably Simple Creed, Forever May Not Be Long Enough, and Transmit Your Love. Its interesting to see the group playing around with more diverse influences, and if you prefer intelligent alt-rock, this is defintiely your King of Beers. All in all, though, it is hard to shake the feeling that this is to The Distance to Here as Adore was to Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (though arguably The Distance was not as great an album as Mellon Collie and V is not as bad as Adore).
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By A Customer on 27 Sept. 2001
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For those of us who like our songs of love and longing washed down with some hot guitar action, this is the album you've been waiting for since the seminal Throwing Copper. Simple Creed is stunning, and Transmit your Love and Overcome prove that their heart-wrenching ballads are as beautifully written as ever ( AND a great guitar solo in Trnsmit to relish ).
Definitely an album to satisfy the rocker in me
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I've had this album for a year now, and have really enjoyed owning it. although there are some quite 'unusual' songs on the cd, such as ride, with its oriental influences (not one of their best songs), and call me a fool (which is strangley boyband-ish,but brill) there is also the most beautiful song i believe live have ever done, which makes the album totally great! the song as everyone who owns this cd will probably guess is overcome. it's one of those songs i know will last forever. all of the other songs are great, although i do feel there is something lacking. flow, has the potential to be a really great song, but then stops short somehow.
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.
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By A Customer on 10 Dec. 2001
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This is album is arguably stronger than "The Distance to Here" and was an instant 'listen to once and press repeat on the CD player'.
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.
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Live return with a new album in a more modern style, but its still Live underneath the glossy production and Nu-metal add-ons.
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
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Damn you Ed Kowalczyk. Damn you!
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.
Damn them.
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