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  • Summary: Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan tackles a variety of covers on this latest from his side project, A Perfect Circle, including versions of songs by Depeche Mode ("People Are People"), Devo ("Freedom Of Choice") and Marvin Gaye ("What's Going On"). Also included are two originals.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Sweetly morbid dreams of a better world abound on this politically motivated release. [5 Nov 2004, p.80]
  2. 83
    A Perfect Circle prove that they've got not only good taste, but real bite, too. [Dec 2004, p.117]
  3. What it lacks in aggression, though, the disc more than makes up for in inspiration, as these covers are so radically reworked that they sound as much like originals as the disc's lone new tune, "Passive."
  4. On the better half of this eccentric concept album, A Perfect Circle... revisit classic protest hits, jacking up the terror by throwing out iconic arrangements and performing heretical surgery on the melodies.
  5. 60
    One of the most bizarre covers albums ever. [Dec 2004, p.102]
  6. 60
    Around the midway point, just as APC seem handcuffed to despair, they remember that a good protest song should stir the spirit rather than sink it. [Dec 2004, p.140]
  7. Sounds like helium-voiced rockers Rush discovering a social conscience. [30 Oct 2004, p.65]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 62
  2. Negative: 17 out of 62
  1. Sep 23, 2010
    The grim darkness of Tool meets the melodic direction of more mainstream rock, and the result is some of the most dramatic and chilling music you will ever hear. Special mention goes to "Imagine", the band's re-imagining of John Lennon's magnum opus. Odds are that you will never listen to the song the same way again. Expand
  2. Sep 25, 2010
    found myself listening to passive, counting bodies, imagine, and annihilation was a badass intro. people are people was alright, lets have a war sounds like something from puscifer. and the rest were kinda just whatever to me. i have alot of understanding, and respect what these guys do, and it was a good album for the times. i would have to say though that it was the worst of the 3 albums. i would highly recommend mer de noms, and thirteenth step though as mind blowers! Expand
  3. j30
    Sep 22, 2011
    APC have taken a few steps back with releasing this (mainly covers) record. It has some good covers, but I'd much rather listen to the originals over most of this cover stuff. The best songs on the record comes from their originals 'Passive' and 'Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums'. But surprisingly, 'Imagine' (John Lennon cover), is a haunting take on Lennon's classic tune. Expand
  4. Jan 4, 2013
    this album isn't for everybody; but if your open minded there's some enjoyable tracks. passive, imagine, lets have a war, and on a good day, counting bodies. Expand

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