V - Live
  • Band Name: Live
  • Record Label: MCA
  • Release Date: Sep 18, 2001
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. 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.
  3. Kowalczyk may have filtered some of the bluster from his lyrics, but he has wisely left the jagged edges in his music.
  4. V's spiraling, cathartic anthems often collapse under their own weight. [21 Sep 2001, p.84]
  5. 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]
  6. Ed Kowalczyk and crew burden their sound with angry guitars, pseudoraps and needless swearing torn straight outta the Fred Durst book of lyric writing.
  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]
  8. Unfortunately, Kowalczyk's conceited couplets belong to the dark ages. [Nov 2001, p.124]
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. MarceloR
    Dec 27, 2005
    9
    Well thought album!!!
  2. 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. 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 Full Review »
  3. 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 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 Full Review »