A Perfect Circle
aMOTION


4.5
superb

Review

by Seth T. White (Cravinov13) USER (61 Reviews)
November 20th, 2005 | 26 replies | 13,377 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


2 of 3 thought this review was well written

A Perfect Circle, Tool's Maynard James Keenan side project's last release on Virgin Records before going on a temporary hiatus in 2004. This CD/ DVD release contains everything a fan of A Perfect Circle or Maynard in general should have. The CD contains remixes of several popular APC songs, including The Hollow, 3 Libras, and The Outsider. The DVD contains several music videos, commentaries by Billy Howerdel and Maynard James Keenan, three Bikini Bandit trailers (all in which star Maynard), and a home video filmed/ directed/ and produced by Billy Howerdel.

The CD
The CD part of the aMOTION package contains nine remixes of six APC songs from their albums Mer de Nomes and Thirteenth Step. Three of the nine remixes on this CD are previous releases taken off soundtracks that APC have contributed too, Judith (Renholder Mix), Weak And Powerless (Tilling My Grave Mix) (found on the Underworld soundtrack), and The Outsider (Apocalypse Mix) (found on the Resident Evil: Apocalypse soundtrack). All other remixes are exclusive to this CD and this CD only.

Judith (Renholder Mix) is the first track on the remix CD, and has a very Industrial sound to it, much unlike its original version. This track is a lot slower then the original and can also be considered the clean version (cutting out the line "F**k your God"). Both of the 3 Libras remixes are similar in sound but, again, are very much unlike the original. 3 Libras (Feel My Ice Dub Mix) has a very trancelike feel to it, and just like the Judith remix, is a very slow paced track. 3 Libras (All Main Courses Mix) is a lot longer then any of the other tracks on the CD and uses a lot of radio static and noise. It is also slightly heavier then the slower remix of 3 Libras, but has the same, slow paced feel to it.

The Outsider (Apocalypse Mix), by far the best remix on this CD, gives a very strong, apocalyptic feel and has the least Industrial feel to it. The other mix, The Outsider (Frosted Yogurt Mix), is more in tune with the original song, only depicted at a faster pace. All in all The Outsider remixes are both the best tracks on the CD. The Weak And Powerless (Tilling My Grave Mix) is probably the most mediocre of the tracks on the CD, both slightly heavier and darker then the original song, it doesn't have the same drive that the original song had. The Blue (Bird Shake Mix) is another track that out does its already big hit original by far. This remake goes back to the Industrial influenced sound that APC adopted for this CD.

The last two tracks on this CD, The Hollow (Constantly Consuming Mix) and The Hollow (The Bunk Mix) both end the CD on equally good yet extremely different notes. The Hollow (Constantly Consuming Mix) uses a piano and some weird sampling along with Maynard's beautiful voice, making this song the better of the two The Hollow mixes. The Hollow (The Bunk Mix) is a lot more upbeat and Industrial then the first. All in all, the remix CD is a must have for any APC fan who feels the need to own every APC song out there.

Overall Rating: (4/5)

The DVD
The DVD part of the aMOTION package is loaded with extras and inside information on the band along with nine music videos with or without commentaries by Billy Howerdel and Maynard James Keenan. The DVD also contains three contest runner-up videos for the song Blue and a Directors Cut version of the sexually explicit video for The Outsider.

The videos all in all are good, highlights including the Judith, 3 Libras, The Outsider, and Counting Bodies Like Sheep To The Rhythm Of The War Drums videos. The Judith video is a basic depiction of the band playing together in someone's living room. With a dark toned color to fit the mood of the song and rare shots of the band members faces, the video goes well with the song Judith. The 3 Libras video is probably the best and highest quality video of the nine on this DVD. The video shows Maynard in relation to little boy he meets at the hotel. The over all theme relates to the complex genius that is 3 Libras. The Weak And Powerless is one of the more, shall I say, odd videos in this DVD. The video shows the girl from the Thirteenth Step photos apparently throwing loathful creatures into a pit to be devoured and in the end, falling in herself. This video is one of the more explicit videos, containing a good bit of nudity, but not portrayed in any sexual manner.

The first The Outsider is an edited version, but you can get the original in the extras of this DVD. The Outsider video is a short story involving stars from a TV series called Bikini Bandits, which in terms is Maynard's favorite show. The Thinking Of You video is by far the most offensive video also starring the Bikini Bandits and is portrayed in a more comic book like form. Note this video contains strong sexual content, and frankly doesn't fit the song at all. The Counting Bodies Like Sheep To The Rhythm Of The War Drums is the most symbolic of all the videos. The animated video symbolizes corruption in the Media as Bush hands out TVs to people and posses them, while the sheep march and get struck by the hand of God. The Blue video is another odd video. The video depicts an apparent necropheliac having dinner with her dead, cold, and blue husband (There are three other videos made for this song, the best being the one directed by Will Young).

The Noose video is actual live footage of A Perfect Circle performing. The live footage is an amazing yet somewhat disappointing sight. APC would probably be better live if you were actually at the concert. Finally, the Imagine video is not only a tribute to John Lennon, but it shows footage of the war at hand, depicting the horror and loss that war has brought to countries of Iraq and Afghanistan.

The home video created by Billy Howerdel of APC is a very entertaining piece to watch. Showing the wild sides of every band member, even Maynard, whom was said to of join APC to loosen up from his serious image in Tool (Note: James Iha from Smashing Pumpkins has got to be one of the craziest people I've seen caught on video). The extras also include three Bikini Bandits trailers, all in which star Maynard and the girls from The Outsider and the Thinking Of You videos (Due to some content in these videos I can not describe, I won't).

Overall Rating: (4.5/5) *If you are not offended by strong sexual content.



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Storm In A Teacup
November 20th 2005



12720 Comments


Nice job, but I don't think that APC is that good. They are better than Tool though.

This is probably above average I think from the burned cd.

Cravinov13
November 20th 2005



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

APC is really a band for Tool fans or fans of Maynard James Keenan's work in general.

Storm In A Teacup
November 20th 2005



12720 Comments


Yeah, but what I mean is that APC stuff I've heard is all pretty much a 3/5 when all the Tool stuff I've heard is always less than even a 2/5. A couple Tool albums are really good, but I can't remember which.

Cravinov13
November 20th 2005



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, I love Tool, but you have to really understand the major concepts in which they are trying to accomplish. Such as Aenima, which is an album that can distort the listeners vision of reality.

Just a question, what APC stuff have you actually heard?

Syncratic
November 20th 2005



756 Comments


Dude, 'Thinking of You' is a very sexual song.

It's about masturbation.

ocelot-05
November 20th 2005



807 Comments


Maynard is a very sexual writer. Think of 4 Degrees, which is about anal sex. The subject matter of Stinkfist is indicated by the title. There's also Hooker With A Penis, and Pushit. Tool's music often makes me think of sodomy.

As for Maynard's writing for A Perfect Circle, it is extremely matriarchal. Just think of the songs: Magdalena, Judith, Sleeping Beauty, Brena, Weak And Powerless, The Outsider, The Nurse Who Loved Me, etc. Many of their songs are about females, or relationships with them.

Shadows
Moderator
November 20th 2005



2530 Comments


Although I'm not a fan of APC or Tool, Judith and 3 Libras captivated me when I first heard them. Very nice job.

Toaster
November 20th 2005



343 Comments


What is Pushit about anyway?

For a minute I thought you misspelled eMOTIVe. :p I wasn't aware of this album/dvd.

ocelot-05
November 20th 2005



807 Comments


I'm not sure what Pushit is about. The lyrics go "Pushit on me," so obviously it is vaguely metaphoric, just like Stinkfist.

NEDM
November 20th 2005



1113 Comments


I.can.not.stand.a.perfect.circle.

but very well done review.

vicy77
November 20th 2005



164 Comments


i have never heard of these guys at all. why do they have reviews and Thousand Foot Krutch or The Cranberries dont?
Im perplexed beyond reason

Dancin' Man
November 21st 2005



719 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Ugh... the CD is trash and the videos suck aside from Judith and 3 Libras. I actually own it and really can't stand it at all. Maynard should only ever have been involved in 3 albums ever in my opinion. Lateralus, Mer De Noms and 13th Step. Everything else is either over produced rubbish or underdeveloped.

Good reviewThis Message Edited On 11.20.05

Dwayne_Pearce
November 21st 2005



17 Comments


i have reviewed two albums today, and they are the first i have ever reviewed, it says that they need to be checked by a mod or something before they can be shown, how long does this usually take? sorry to post here, but i need to know, i dont want them to go to waste


Adam Jones is GOD
November 21st 2005



113 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

DVD is nice, actually interesting to hear MJK discussing his lyrics in some depth. However, the CD, apart from some interesting mixes, is naff.

Bit of redemption for eMOTIVE anyway

Cravinov13
November 21st 2005



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't know Dwayne_Pearce, my review was submitted instantly.

I am aware of APC and Tool's sexual lyrics, I wasn't aware that Thinking of you was about masturbation. I said the warnings for those who do not know.

Cravinov13
November 21st 2005



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

*shrug* My rating was based more on the fact I'm an APC/ Tool fanatic.

NuMetalMania
December 12th 2005



325 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Im a HUGE APC fan and and even bigger Tool fan. This is a great Cd/DVD release for APC. Every track was great, i thought the different mixes were great aswell. Overall another APC album that deserves full marks, 4.5 suites it well.

Riziger
February 3rd 2007



316 Comments


good review. i would defnitely buy this if i could find it. I'm a big APC fan as well although not so much tool.

Cravinov13
February 4th 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This isn't that hard to find.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
October 7th 2007



4927 Comments


you should have just made the entire review bold.



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