tys0n wrote:Emotive was a slapdash recording to complete A Perfect Circles contractual agreements with Virgin.
That may be, but APC has always upheld a standard of quality that runs through all of their music and Emotive is not any different.
Although, I do understand that the album as a whole is not the most thrilling, but if you look at the individual tracks they are fine on their own. It is the type of album that is more atmospheric, and like somebody said before is not to be taken too seriously.
I don't see how you can't like their cover of Imagine. The build up of Annihilation into that song is beautiful. You have to dislike the original to not like it, and even if you don't like John Lennon, I don't understand how you don't like the cover. It's so dark and awesome. It's an entirely new song pretty much. They made it all their own. The guitar right after the line "You may say I'm a dreamer..." is phenomenal, and the drums are great throughout the whole album.
I look for musical value on every level and there is something to like on every song. The only song that is a little off is Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie, but it is obviously meant to be jarring and kinda funny. I am not saying Emotive is something I go to a lot, but whenever any of those songs come up in rotation they fit in just fine into the APC universe.
I think if you have only listened to it a few times and decided not to try again, that you should add it into the mix with the rest of APC and give it another chance alongside the rest of their albums. Sometimes a song will not do too much for me, but then I will hear it at the right moment when I am not expecting it and it will suddenly have an impact on me and becoming one of my favorites.
There is plenty of TOOL songs that did that to me, and that is why I force myself to have patience with new music so I can become familiar with it.