Half Notes: A Perfect Circle – eMOTIVe (2004)

Ah, yes, another dreary offering from Tool-screamer Maynard James Keenan’s boring other band. They started out with a promising first album, Mer de Noms, then followed it up with the tedious and monotonous Thirteenth Step and returned in ’04 with that staple of washed-up bands: the covers-album. What do they destroy on this outing? How about some Depeche Mode (“People Are People”), or Black Flag (“Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie”)? Have you ever wondered if someone could wreck Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On”? Wonder no more! They also manage to somehow turn Led Zeppelin’s “When The Levee Breaks” into pseudo-R&B. You’d think that would be interesting, but it really isn’t. Keenan and Co. even cover Lennon’s classic “Imagine” in the most lackluster way possible.

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Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson has contributed to Blogcritics, and maintained a series of stand-alone sites including Known Johnson, Everything is a Mess and others. He studied both creative writing and then studio art at Arizona State. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.