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  • Audio CD (Sept. 18 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00005NZKG
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 289 customer reviews
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1. Intro
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. Bonus Track

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Product Description

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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Format: Audio CD
I love all of Live's previous albums ...But this -I really don't know what the hell I could say about this. This album was waaaaaaay overproduced and it just lacked every element that I ever associated with Live. The first time I heard "Simple Creed" I didn't even know that it was them. If you enjoy Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit and other overproduced media hype bands from around 2001-2002 with lifeless lyrics and crap like that then you might actually enjoy this album.
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.
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By A Customer on Sept. 20 2001
Format: Audio CD
Each Live album is approached by the band, from a unique perspective, based on what the band is experiencing and feeling at the time, whether on the road or in the studio. They write lyrics and invent music that comes from their hearts, from their musical influences, and from their various emotional perspectives (past and present).
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.
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Format: Audio CD
I have to say that I was shocked upon listening to the album for the first time. It seemed to depart from everything I loved about Live. It seemed far busier than anything that I had heard from them and with its mix of metal and rap, it just seemed to defy all the laws of Live. After a few plays however, it started to come back into focus. It still contains the soul searching and metaphysical element of previous Live works, it is just behind a different facade. One song, "Forever May Not Be Long Enough," sounds like a James Bond theme song (not an insult) complete with Arabic voices int he background. "Deep Enough" has a hip-hop beat and rap mixed with a very hard edged undercurrent. There are a couple of duds on the album like "Call Me a Fool" (sounds like it should be an Air Supply song) but good songs vastly outnumber the few duds...And then there is "OVERCOME." WOW! If you haven't yet seen the "Overcome" tribute video for the World Trade Center attacks (Live dedicated the song and released it a week before the album came out and somebody set it to scenes from Ground Zero), it is truly a Tour de Force! The song will forever be linked to this tragedy in my soul. If you are a true-blue Live fan, this is a must-have. If you only like some of their more popular stuff (Lightning Crashes, for instance) you probably won't like it as much.
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Over the past 7 years i have watched the popularity of Live grow. When, Throwing Copper hit the shelves, i fell in love and was hooked. After that, two more albums were released to less than stellar reviews and i could understand why. The music wasn't sounding the same. Music progresses, people change, why can't musicians? This new album in my dreams, titled "V" was everything that i hoped it could be and then some. After listening to it a few times already, i can genuinely say that I am not disappointed, but I had higher hopes. The fact that i had seen Live in concert 5 times already, and twice for the "Distance to Here" tour, had given me a beautiful glimpse as to what lied ahead. I fell in love with a song by Johnny Cash- that Live covered called I walk the Line- and to me it was amazing. I am disappointed, because i was looking forward to this song being on there. As for the rest of the album; of the 15 songs, I only forwarded over two songs just to get to the next one. I can honestly say this, "yes it gets a little preachy at times, and I've heard this before - ed needs to get off of his soap box, but all in all, I enjoyed the album. As for Tricky lending his vocals even for a moment on Simple Creed, The intro is one of the best parts of the album, I'd loop it and make it into a song in itself- I'd love to hear more of that from Live. They are moving ahead, trying new things, not everyone will like it at first, but "V" will definately grow on you.
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