Mer de Noms [Clean Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
A Perfect Circle is one of those bands that nobody realized was needed until it happened. A grand claim, perhaps, but there's little question that the addicting combination of Keenan's aching voice and Howerdel's accomplished songs and production skills made for one of 2000's best splashes in whatever was left of "modern rock." That the band had in its initial pre-debut album tours performed an audacious, entertaining medley of Ozzy Osbourne's "Diary of a Madman" and the Cure's "Lovesong" -- regularly matching one's words with the other's music and vice versa -- indicates where Mer de Noms ended up. Howerdel's earlier work with Billy Corgan makes perfect sense as a result, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
A Perfect Circle is one of those bands that nobody realized was needed until it happened. A grand claim, perhaps, but there's little question that the addicting combination of Keenan's aching voice and Howerdel's accomplished songs and production skills made for one of 2000's best splashes in whatever was left of "modern rock." That the band had in its initial pre-debut album tours performed an audacious, entertaining medley of Ozzy Osbourne's "Diary of a Madman" and the Cure's "Lovesong" -- regularly matching one's words with the other's music and vice versa -- indicates where Mer de Noms ended up. Howerdel's earlier work with Billy Corgan makes perfect sense as a result, since the Pumpkins regularly fused the extreme theatricality of metal and goth just so, but Howerdel's work is no clone. His guitar work operates on setting the mood rather than driving everything before it, balancing sheer power with a textured approach that's quite beautiful. Nine Inch Nails-inspired touches crop up in the distorted percussion of many songs, such as "Rose," but for all the derivations everything becomes its own smart fusion, with Keenan's vocals the killer touch. His abilities in delivering on-the-edge emotional collapse had long been clear thanks to Tool -- here, with a slightly different musical bed to carry things, he often holds back from complete explosiveness, but it's still clearly him, just about to crack. His astonishing call-and-response exchange on the single "Judith" makes another high point in his career. The choice of who else to make up the band was a smart one -- Lenchantin's violin and string arrangements add even further to the air of dark, moody mystery, while Josh Freese's abilities on drums once again come to the fore. Alan Moulder adds in some fine help on mixing, polishing the glowering sheen of Mer de Noms to a hard, sharp edge. [Mer de Noms was also released in a "clean" edition, containing no profanities or vulgarities.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/2000
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724384932145
  • Catalog Number: 49321

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Hollow (2:59)
  2. 2 Magdalena (4:05)
  3. 3 Rose (3:26)
  4. 4 Judith (4:07)
  5. 5 Orestes (4:48)
  6. 6 3 Libras (3:39)
  7. 7 Sleeping Beauty (4:10)
  8. 8 Thomas (3:29)
  9. 9 Renholdër (2:24)
  10. 10 Thinking of You (4:34)
  11. 11 Breña (4:24)
  12. 12 Over (2:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
A Perfect Circle Primary Artist
Josh Freese Drums
Maynard James Keenan Vocals
Billy Howerdel Bass, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Technical Credits
Alan Moulder Engineer
Frank Gryner Engineer
Billy Howerdel Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best

    This album, to me, is one of the most solid works of art I've ever heard. It hits all of the senses, like stepping into a warm low-lit study and opening up one of your favorite classics over coffee, or wine. Instead of inspiring emotion, Mer De Noms overwhelms you by digging for the emotion itself and taking hold of it for an hour. I can't explain it any other way. And that is what makes it a true work of art.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Maynard is singing, not Billy

    Maynard is singing, not Billy. That's why this CD is great. "The Hollow" is a great, somewhat heavy song. "Three Libras" is a smooth song about Maynard telling all the people who doubted him to shove it. "Orestes" is a great long song that is very relaxing. "Judith" is the song Maynard wrote about his mother, who was ill. It is one of the best songs I've ever heard. Billy shouts on it. Listen to the music samples.

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    Posted October 25, 2008

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