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|11. Nobody Knows|
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2001 album from US alt-rock blokes featuring guest vocals by Tricky on 'Simple Creed'.
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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If you're looking to really get into to Live then I suggest starting from the beginning. Pick up a copy of "Mental Jewelry" (though that album isn't really for everyone seeing as it was never really looked at by the mainstream). A surefire album that most will definitely enjoy is "Throwing Copper" (it showcases everything that I ever associated the band with.) "Secret Samadhi" showcases a darker side of the band it's the follow up album to 'Throwing Copper'. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to listen to many songs from "The Distance to Here," but I hear it's an amazing album.
And for all you diehard Live fans -I feel your pain. I don't know what got into the band as musicians or when it came to the production of this album. I'm still a fan of Live, and there are a few songs off the album that grew on me but I don't consider this a "Live album", it's a completely inadequate portrayal of them as a band. I see this album more like a corporate media mistake than anything else.
I respect that they tried something new but it really didn't work for them at all. The lyrics are shallow and lack that soulfulness that Ed always incorporated into his work. I didn't mind the sampled beats too much except the fact that it didn't work for this band at all. This album reminded me of a terrible fusion between Creed and Linkin Park.
All in all, the album is somewhat catchy but it lacks everything I ever expected from Live. I forgive them, considering a few songs really aren't bad but this really wasn't them.
Although each and every Live song, on a given album, can stand alone as a single piece of work, each song contributes to and strengthens the album as a whole. The individual stories and feelings conveyed in their songs create an overall message and mood to the album. You are ultimately left with a cohesive album that is more that the sum of its parts. That is part of the magic of Live.
Another part of their magic is revealed in the way that they approach each album. No Live album is the same. Each album takes risks and makes its own impression on the listener. This album is no different. The band is inviting you to listen this album with an open mind. They are not asking you to compare this album to any of their previous albums, but rather to listen to it by itself. With "V", you are presented with a distinctive soundscape that is brought to life by the dynamic vocals of Ed Kowalczyk, the blistering guitar work of Chad Taylor, and the floor and heartbeart of Live provided by Patrick Dahlheimer and Chad Gracey, respectively.
Some of their songs on this album are urgent and compelling such as Forever May Not Be Long Enough and People Like You. Others are more peaceful...for example, Call Me A Fool, Overcome, and Nobody Knows. There are some wonderful, straightforward rockers included here in Flow, Simple Creed, and Deep Enough. Transmit Your Love is a brilliant, sincere record, as are all of the songs mentioned above.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This is Live's 2001 follow up to the senstational, underrated "The Distance to Here", and it seems most people here can't seem to agree on if it's any good or not; to... Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by Jason
This is one of the worst cds I have ever purchased. Based on 'Throwing Copper' and 'The Distance To Here' I figured this album would be just as good. I was so dissapointed. Read morePublished on June 26 2004 by Brandon
V is more about attitude than content. Diving into the mystery that is the 21st century, Live changed their clothes, their haircuts, and their sound to make for a... Read morePublished on May 7 2004 by J. GARRATT
I wouldn't say that I'm one of the die-hard Live fans, but I've certainly listened to their songs on the radio and caught their videos. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2004
It's so funny to read the scathing reviews of this CD by hardcore fans of the band. What tremendous courage it must take to stay committed to an album when you know your fans are... Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2004
I bought Secret Samadhi and V today. I liked Samadhi OK, but by the 6th song on V my mouth was agape. I can't believe the scathing reviews I've seen on this album. Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2004
No, it may not sound exactly like the previous albums, but if it did, why buy it? V is still LIVE even if it doesn't sound like you expect it to at first. Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2004
i swear, a band goes out on a limb, and OH NOES, THEY AREN'T GOOD ANYMORE.
come on. i was just reading reviews for birds of prey, and i couldn't believe what i was seeing. Read more
I'm sorry, I love this album. I make no apologies about it. Live to me was always a band that wrote great songs, but not great albums. Read morePublished on Dec 4 2003 by Michael Bukowski