Mer de Noms

by A Perfect Circle

(2000) Virgin

Personnel Billy Howerdel, Maynard James Keenan, Paz Lencgantin, Josh Frees, Troy Van Leeuwen
Description The debut release from A Perfect Circle. Features the lead singer of Tool. 45 minutes long with 12 tracks.
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Directory Recordings: Alternative
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On 7/11/2001, Mike Bulko (989) posted:
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Like it was said before. this is by no means a "side project". this is an amazing album. the entire band is extremely talented and if you havent heard it, then get it. *Cue reading rainbow music*
On 3/19/2001, Matt Traylor posted:
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Being a die-hard tool fan i was at first apprehensive about this more mainstream release from Maynard James Keenan. On the first few listens i thought the album average, but after 5 or 6 listens this album is so beautifully macabre and mystical that it is at times an improvement on tool. Tracks like 3 libras are a completely different direction from tool, but still with that eerie brilliantness. The true genius behind the record, however is Billy Howerdel. His tool and NIN connections are obvious in some tracks, but he brings his own magic into the fore. A true genius that will surely make many brilliant albums. Easily the best album of 2000 and so difficult to put down.
On 3/5/2001, Inactive Member posted:
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Orestes, Thinking of You, Renholder, The Hollow, and Magdalena all kick ass. The two singles that everyone has probably heard are 3 Libras and Judith, which rule as well. This is without a doubt the best band of the years 2000-2001 so far, and their CD blows everything else away. It's ultra heavy, ultra beautiful, it's just about perfect. See them live, too! I did, and it kicked ass. Here is a live review of them that I posted in Fretbuzz:

I recently saw A Perfect Circle live and it was awesome! The sound was excellent and there were only about three thousand people there so I got real close up to the stage. They played every song from Mer de Noms, Ashes to Ashes by David Bowie, and a new tune that kicked a-- but I can't remember how it went. They played a remix of 3 Libras and then halfway through reverted to the original version! That was kinda weird. The best songs were Thinking of You and Judith. I remember when they played Judith they had everybody singing backup vocals and it sounded like a beautiful choir from hell or something! Really cool! The biggest surprise of the evening was at the very end, the lights came back on and everybody thought it was over. Hundreds of people left, but then Maynard came back out with no wig and they played Sober! That was sick!!! The two things that really stood out about this show: Billy Howerdel has such the kickass stage presence, and the other thing was that I can't believe how good of a voice Maynard has at a live show! I swear, it was like studio! Anyway, if you haven't already bought it, buy the f---ing CD and see them live! Trust me you won't regret it!

As you can see, I liked it alot! Buy the CD! You'll be glad you did! If you don't like it, kiss my ass! It should be called: A Perfect CD.
On 5/29/2000, Nicolas De Guzman (2715) posted:
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Only a masterpiece could be expected from a record that took almost a decade to be finished. Billy Howerdel, working as a guitar technician for several bands (including NIN and Tool), wrote the music for Mer de Noms as he travelled with these bands all over the world. The result is an eclectic album, with sounds reminiscent of Smashing Pumpkins, The Cure, Tool and even Pink Floyd. Maynard's voice leads the listener through a voyage that can only be described as a mystical experience. This is music for the soul...
On 5/26/2000, Inactive Member posted:
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A beautiful masterpiece. This is not just a Tool "side project", this is an unbelievable new group that everyone should listen to. Each track has it's own personality from the hard edge of "Judith" , to the beautiful melodies in "Orestes". This is without a doubt one of the best CD's released this year. Make sure to go out and pick up a copy.