CD V [Live] (CD 140660),
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V [Live]

  • 1. Intro
    2. Simple Creed - (featuring Tricky)
    3. Deep Enough
    4. Like a Soldier
    5. People Like You
    6. Transmit Your Love
    7. Forever May Not Be Long Enough
    8. Call Me a Fool
    9. Flow
    10. Ride, The
    11. Nobody Knows
    12. OK?
    13. Overcome
    14. Hero of Love
    15. Deep Enough - (remix, hidden track)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 112 485

  • Credits
    EngineerAlain Johannes; Scott Campbell

    This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files. The Enhanced portion includes a music video for "Simple Creed."
    Live: Ed Kowalczyk (vocals, guitar); Chad Taylor (guitar); Patrick Dahlheimer (bass); Chad Gracey (drums).
    Additional personnel: Tricky (vocals); Adam Kowalczyk (guitar, background vocals); Eric Gorfain (violin); John Krovoza (cello); Michael Railo (keyboards, background vocals); Shawn Williams (bass); Adam Duritz, Natasha Schneider (background vocals); Alain Johannes.
    Producers: Live, Alain Johannes, Michael Railo, Glen Ballard.
    Principally recorded at 11 AD Studios, Hollywood, California.
    Following up the didactic pretensions of THE DISTANCE TO HERE, Live steps back a bit on V and instead infuses a bit more experimentation into their normally straightforward post-grunge sturm-and-drang thanks to production help from Eleven's Alain Johannes. These changes jump out right from the one-two punch of "Intro" and "Simple Creed" with its backwards-masked guitar and sinister-sounding vocals from guest Tricky. The rap-rock of "Deep Enough" captures a Limp Bizkit-like rhythmic flow without resorting to lyrical inanities.
    Ed Kowalczyk's interest in non-Western culture continues to provide musical cues whether it's the sitar and tabla woven into the churning groove of "The Ride" or the Middle Eastern rhythms looped into the hard-hitting "Deep Enough." Interestingly enough, Kowalczyk addresses his band's socially conscious image with "People Like You," a thudding rocker with Qawwali-flavored harmonies that mentions a dream featuring his band alongside Bono, Bruce Springsteen, and Michael Stipe. Best of all is the gorgeous, piano-driven "Overcome," an anthem of optimism needed in the wake of the World Trade Center tragedy that occurred the week before V's release.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (10/11/01, p.92) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...A hard-grinding hip-hop-tinged album.... peddling the enlightened life with tongue in cheek...wisely [leaving] the jagged edges in their music..."
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