V - Live
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  • Summary: The fifth album for Pennsylvania alt-rockers features a guest appearance from Tricky. "Forever May Not Be Long Enough," the theme song from this summer's "The Mummy Returns," also appears on the album.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. V is among the band's most confident and inspired releases.
  2. Kowalczyk may have filtered some of the bluster from his lyrics, but he has wisely left the jagged edges in his music.
  3. V doesn't bring Live right back to earth, but it does find the group playing to strengths, experimenting with recording techniques, and striving for renewed relevance.
  4. 50
    There is a sense on V that Live will stay around long enough to ride into the state-fair sunset. [Oct 2001, p.137]
  5. Ed Kowalczyk and crew burden their sound with angry guitars, pseudoraps and needless swearing torn straight outta the Fred Durst book of lyric writing.
  6. Unfortunately, Kowalczyk's conceited couplets belong to the dark ages. [Nov 2001, p.124]
  7. 40
    It doesn't help that Live operate at two speeds: overamped anthems and over-the-top ballads, which render [Kowalczyk's] doubtless heartfelt homilies rather empty. [Aug/Sep 2001, p.125]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. RichardR.
    Nov 2, 2001
    9
    Took a while to get used to this album but well worth it. Well done lads.
  2. MarceloR
    Dec 27, 2005
    9
    Well thought album!!!
  3. MaakisMan
    Dec 12, 2001
    9
    Good Stuff
  4. StanS.
    Dec 21, 2001
    9
    Cutting edge vocals without splitting your eardrums. Lots of thought went into these songs. Tunes with a hook that you can't get out of your head! Great album Expand
  5. TommyTwotimes
    Jan 28, 2004
    9
    Not the best Live album, however it containes quality lyrics. And the crisp guitar combined with Kowalczyk's voice just makes is a joy. It has this great spirit Expand
  6. BrandonR.
    Mar 25, 2002
    6
    This album is definitely not as well crafted as their previous four releases...While it is a decent hard rock album, it seems live has abandoned their high-standard of thoughtful lyric writing and powerful melodies that made them so great on the previous albums. Overall a dissapointing effort Expand
  7. grug
    Oct 13, 2001
    4
    "Throwing Copper" is one of my favourite albums. I liked "Secret Samadhi" almost as much. Even "The Distance To Here" had its moments. But this is just...not the same Live that made those albums... Expand

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