Sound — 10
Maynard James Keenan's self-proclaimed creative subconscious otherwise known as Puscifer might seem like odd bedfellows for the documentary chronicling the trials and tribulations of the TOOL/A Perfect Circle frontman's quest to create an Arizona vineyard, but oddly enough the oft-experimental side project works effectively. With only Puscifer material on Sound Into Blood Into Wine, there is an obvious automatic kinship to the film. But going beyond that fact, the music does indeed match the emotional dynamics viewed within the film and at the same time serves as Puscifer greatest-hits package. The 12 tracks are remixed versions (subtly changed though they may be) of such tracks as Queen B, Indigo Children, and Drunk With Power, all which are driven by synth lines and captivating melodies/harmonies that do hold enough power for the big screen. Puscifer hasn't been embraced by every TOOL or A Perfect Circle fan out there, but those individuals might find Puscifer more intriguing in a soundtrack setting. There is certainly a massive amount of oddness to it all particularly given that Keenan opted to open the soundtrack with Sour Grapes" (Where's My Line? Mix). The satirical, spoken-word jab at organized religion isn't necessarily the first song that might come to mind for a documentary about wine, but it's amusing and engaging enough that it completely works not to mention that there is indeed a wine reference or two within the lyrics. Later on the album World Up My Ass takes the humor even step further with a twangy, country tune that is every bit a comedy bit as a music single. The bulk of the soundtrack excels in being everything from sleek and sexy to dark and witty. There are enough peaks and valleys in terms of tempos and arrangements that it has the ability to mimic the personal roller coaster that Keenan endured establishing his vineyard. Highlights include the twisted carnival vibe of Drunk With Power, the hip/quirky The Mission (featuring Milla Jovovich), the melodic perfection of Momma Sed, and the reflective/powerful closing track The Humbling River. That particular final track is one that any filmmaker would be lucky to find, particularly given that it's musically moving and lyrically pensive-yet-hopeful.
Lyrics — 9
It's up for debate how much these songs were specifically influenced originally by Keenan's own personal passion for wine, but in the end you can manipulate the meanings to fit the theme at hand in some aspects. Momma Sed most definitely reinforces the message of persistence with lines such as, Changes come; Life will have your way with your pride son; Take it like a man. General, yes but it works within the context of Blood Into Wine. Other tracks like The Mission or Queen B are simply way far gone from the film subject, but the majority moves the film along emotionally. If you simply reflect on the words, Keenan has once again delivered a collection lyrics that are everything from beautifully executed to thought-provoking to refreshingly not politically correct.
Overall Impression — 9
You could perceive the Sound Into Blood Into Wine soundtrack from a few different angles. On one hand you are getting some canned material (well, with the exception of the mix factor), a fact that some might perceive as being a fairly easy out. On the other hand you have to look at how the songs work with the overall outline of the film, and in this case the music is eclectic enough to reflect the events. If you already have V Is For Vagina and V Is For Viagra, Sound Into Blood Into Wine will be old news. But if you're new to the sexy, tongue-in-cheek world of Puscifer, the soundtrack makes for a fine introduction.