Virgin - 2004 - 48 minutes
In the year of the covers album, the best has been kept until last. Subtitled "a collection of songs about war, peace, love and greed", US group A Perfect Circle have taken tracks by artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Depeche Mode and Black Flag and turned them inside out, so that only the lyrics remain recognisable.
John Lennon's 'Imagine' now stomps like Led Zeppelin's 'Kashmir'; LA punks FEAR's hyper 'Let's Have a War' glides on a drum 'n' bass-like arrangement; Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' is reinvented as ambient rock and 'When the Levee Breaks', the old blues track appropriated by Led Zeppelin, has become a jazz ballad. There are also transformations of songs from Devo and Elvis Costello, and two tracks by the band themselves, one of which, 'Passive', is among their best.
An open letter to their homeland that's guaranteed to make you sad or angry about something, 'eMOTIVe' is one of the bravest moves any million-selling hard rock band could make.
Tracklisting: Annihilation - Imagine - Peace Love and Understanding - What's Going On - Passive - Gimme Gimme Gimme - People Are People - Freedom of Choice - Let's Have a War - Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums - When the Levee Breaks - Fiddle and the Drum