Mer de Noms

Mer de Noms

by A Perfect Circle

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Mer de Noms

Just about every musician who spends time on a side project insists that it's more than just a time-killer. But A Perfect Circle, which has preoccupied Tool front man Maynard James Keenan in that band's extended vacation, seems passionate -- and sometimes downright obsessive -- enough to stand on its own. As evidenced by its title, Mer De Noms is not without its share of pretense. But once you get used to the notion that you won't be cracking many smiles while immersed in the dark, brooding strains of such songs as "The Hollow" and "Magdalena," it's actually easy to appreciate its stark beauty. Guitarist Billy Howerdel's lush, minor-chord laden melodies set the tone for much of this surprisingly unified debut, calling to mind predecessors as varied as Smashing Pumpkins and '70s space-metallurgists Hawkwind. The '70s vibe is particularly evident on velvet-hammer assaults "Judith" and "Three Libras," which make the most of Paz Lenchantin's mesmerizing bass (she also doubles on violin).

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Release Date: 05/23/2000
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 0724384925321
catalogNumber: 49253
Rank: 6344

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Mer de Noms 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this new endeavor, Maynard James Keenan(tool) has definitely struck a new chord. For all those Tool fans out there waiting to hear a new album from the band, this ain't it. This band is a legitimate project for Keenan and completely different from his other bands two platinum records. The stylings on this album are exquisitely different and somehow sweet, almost. Billy Howerdel's guitar lines are absolutely intense and set off Keenan's flowing screaming vocals in a way that Tool never did. The instant the streaming riff came at the chorus of the first track,'Hollow' I was hooked and the rest of the album is full of emotional highs and lows. Maynard crooning a wish for 'one more medicated peaceful moment..' like your arm riding the wind out of the passenger window on the freeway. Unpredictable and ferocious, just what I like.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We don't hear Billy the guitar player sing with his bad voice here, so the music sounds great. This is one of the great CDs from A Perfect Circle before Billy was allowed to sing. Maynard is singing. Most of the songs are also great. "Judith" is the best song, but there are others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With the Limp Bizkits and Kid Rocks out there answering MTV's call for Return of the Rock, listeners who REALLY are about rock have been given the short end of the stick. Billy Corgan's announcement that the Smashing Pumpkins will call it quits at the end of their current tour has made the rock atmosphere that much bleaker. Enter A Perfect Circle. Billy Howerdel, who has been guitar tech to the greatest of 90's rock figures, wasn't just sleeping on the sidelines all those years. He instead took what he was hearing, mixed it together and added flourishes of his own. Add the lyrics of Tool's Maynard James Keenan, and rock fans have something to look forward to. 'Mer de Noms' is the accumulation of Howerdel's work, and with the collaboration with Keenan the darkly melodic album is a refreshing addition to the superficial, baggy-jeaned music scene of the year double-aught. Anyone who hungers for the successor to the Pumpkins and Alice in Chains for the rock crown might want to lend an ear to A Perfect Circle. They may not be the kings yet, but their certainly here to hold court.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beautiful...Tool started the ectasy of sound in which I have enjoyed intensely. A perfect circle has given Maynard favourable time to share with us his distinctive and powerful voice...he's used it profoundly beyond that of which I've heard previously.Grab this one immediatley it will sit in your cassette or CD player calling for you to spin it constantly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not a Tool fan, like most fans of A Perfect Circle, but this cd blew me away! Maynard's voice finally reached it's full potential! From start to finish, this cd is captivating! It catches your attention with the hard rock drive of "the hallow" to the hushed whisper of "over"! I recomend it to everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD belonged to a friend of mine and I really didn't know anything about the band until I borrowed the CD. I was blown away. I was amazed by the variety of the music on this CD. All of it fascinating. All of it soul gripping. I was deeply moved by this album. I bought the CD the nest day that the record store was open. I recomend this CD with all the praise I can give.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is perhaps the greatest rock album I've every heard. While each song is an experience unto itself, within each song there are myriad musical discoveries, (from the guitar's hanging note that explodes into fury in "Judith" to the way Maynard's voice becomes an instrument unto itself in "3 Libras"). And I would contend that "Orestes" might be the single greatest rock song (with its overwhelming combination of rage and regret). This album is the penultimate experience in Rock.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Until this cd appeared, obviously from some sacred birthplace of rock, I was seriously doubting the abilities of today's musicians. But here we have it, an intelligent, beautiful, emotional, awe-inspiring alternitive to the ego-boosting, hate-spewing, money-loving ''musicians'' that try and sell us 'music' without a meaning. There may be no such thing as a perfect circle but this band comes so close to perfect that it is frightening. Finally.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beautiful is the only word i could to describe this ablum. Outstanding would be another, so classy so dark so compelling, so different from all the other s*it in the charts at the moment. Original beautiful dark rock, what more could anyone want?
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like Tool, you can't go wrong with this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every song is very good. Exept for over. That song is kind of boring. You never know you might like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best album, If your a tool/alice in chains fan, you must buy this album. Ive bought THIRTEENTH STEP, and then decided to buy this, So if youve got any of the albums from tool, you are guaranteed to love this. The meanings within the sings are so much more than just the title or beats. The lyrics and everything from this band is what is so perplexed and fascinating. LOVE THIS!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
At last we are offered some music with depth. A Perfect Circle transcends the current rock-hop that has so impregnated our modern music. If you are a jaded music fan, look no more. A Perfect Circle is simply THE best music available: intelligent, emotional, earnest, and beautiful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
eventhough this is one of my favorite bands, i have to say that i didnt enjoy this album that much. although "3 libras", "judith", and "thinking of you" all rock, the rest of the album is pretty bland, and unamusing. the next album they put out in 2003, "the thirteenth step" is a much better way to go.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it has every thing u need n a real rock and alternative bands not like the posers limp bizkit and other trl artists
Guest More than 1 year ago
An amazing twist of U4IC vocals and Maynards way of capturing even the most sacred emotions know to exist. A must for any true alternative-rock music listener. This band is currently on tour with Nine Inch Nails and the concert is so amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely incredible. I listened to ''Hollow'' about 7 times before I realized there was more of the CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It sickens me these days to see bands like Kid Rock, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach, etc..taking over the alternative music/metal scene. I have nothing against these bands, I even like some of em..but what they bring to the table is just the same old stuff. It's not nearly as powerful as what APC brings. I am a new school metaler, I just got into metal about a year ago, and I don't have any Tool cds. I have listened to em quite a bit though, and I can say from what I've heard is that Tool and APC are 2 different bands, which is good. Maynard brings so much to this cd, but he's definatly not the only one. Everyone who threw in to make this album deserves equal credit and praise. This album is just amazing. I would reccomend it to anyone who is looking for some music with some real talent to it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a damn good cd. Maynard James Keenan from Tool writes really dark, but piercing lyrics. I would highly recommend this cd to anyone who is looking for a new cd with original and interesting music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love tool as much as I do, you will love, love this CD. Maynard's voice and lyrics are piercing. I got this a few weeks ago, and I haven't taken it out of my player yet. Check out tracks, 1, 2, all of them. Number 6 is pretty dope. How often do you hear violins in anything with Maynard? Buy this asap and you won't be disapointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was always a big fan of Tool for the simple reason, that Maynard's got the most amazing voice. It is it's own instrument. His voice is right up there with the great Layne Staley from Alice in Chains. When I heard 3 Libras, I fell in love. This song has so much depth, and Maynard's voice stands out more in this song than any other.All the songs are good, but I find it hard to pay too much attention to those when all I usually do is play 3 Libras over and over again. If you have'nt heard this song, a perfect circle's website plays the song in it's entirety, and it's well worth the time to listen to it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A Perfect Circle has broken free from the shallow songs of trendy music and shown us a deep, dark mysterious sound that brings you to a higher state of mind. Maynar's emotional vocals and lyrics are mind-blowing, and the overall sound is amazing. They are ahead of the industry in every way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A Perfect Circle has captured the best of hard rock and alternative music. They find hard driving and altruistic stlyes that culminate into the orchestral balance of harmony.