Anybody remember A Perfect Circle? Of course you do. The alternative metal/rock supergroup that kicked it around at turn of the century with three albums before going on hiatus in 2004. After some lineup changes and a few concert dates in 2010 and 2011 the band seems to have disappeared again. Rumor has it that the group is working on new material but that remains to be seen. Nonetheless, I always enjoyed much of the work that Keenan and Howerdel have put out (save a few butcherings here and there, ahem). Particularly their take on the 1929 blues piece, “When the Levee Breaks” made famous of course by Led Zeppelin in 1971 and countless others to follow. Slowed into a pensive, tranquil, almost dreamy pulse, A Perfect Circle’s “When the Levee Breaks” stands out as being one of their better efforts and surprisingly (yet pleasantly) absent of the aggression and callousness typified by their other work. With a piano accompaniment weaving its way in and out like rainfall on spiders’ webs, this is the perfect track for driving around on a gray and stormy day — enveloped in fog and crashing raindrops while you’re nice n’ toasty in your car. If you don’t know it already, take a listen!

Emotive (2004)

When the Levee Breaks (mp3)


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