• Record Label: Virgin
  • Release Date: Nov 2, 2004
Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Emotive falls flat and fails to raise the bar set so high by the quality of their previous two releases.
  2. 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]
  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. Sweetly morbid dreams of a better world abound on this politically motivated release. [5 Nov 2004, p.80]
  5. The band builds on the power of the previous Thirteenth Step, applying hypnotic arrangements, brooding melodies, and droning rhythms to a collection that sounds absurd on its surface, but is woven together by A Perfect Circle's heavy and dark-lidded instrumental approach.
  6. 60
    One of the most bizarre covers albums ever. [Dec 2004, p.102]
  7. Sounds like helium-voiced rockers Rush discovering a social conscience. [30 Oct 2004, p.65]
  8. But for all the acerbic intelligence at play, the pretentious delivery makes this self-satisfied project hard to embrace. [Dec 2004, p.134]
  9. 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.
  10. 83
    A Perfect Circle prove that they've got not only good taste, but real bite, too. [Dec 2004, p.117]
  11. Some of these treatments verge on the visionary.
  12. 80
    Unexpectedly impressive. [Dec 2004, p.138]
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 87 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 63
  2. Negative: 17 out of 63
  1. Oct 5, 2014
    10
    A Perfect Circle has 2 original songs on this album and the others are covers. The originals are amazing and the covers are perfect. A PerfectA Perfect Circle has 2 original songs on this album and the others are covers. The originals are amazing and the covers are perfect. A Perfect Circle made all of the covers their own and they succeeded. Full Review »
  2. Jan 4, 2013
    6
    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,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. Full Review »
  3. j30
    Sep 22, 2011
    6
    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 theAPC 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. Full Review »