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Mer De Noms [Explicit Lyrics]

A Perfect Circle Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (613 customer reviews)
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1. The Hollow
2. Magdalena
3. Rose
4. Judith
5. Orestes
6. 3 Libras
7. Sleeping Beauty
8. Thomas
9. Renholdër
10. Thinking Of You
11. Breña
12. Over

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Somewhere inside every alternative metal band lurks a platinum-selling stadium rock act looking for a way out; Perfect Circle appear intended to be Tool front man Maynard James Keenan's ticket to the big time. While Tool's uncompromising take on industrial goth metal have taken them so far, Keenan clearly dreams of bigger things: there are moments on Mer De Noms, notably "Rose", that are in meaningful danger of being confused with Jethro Tull and others, which call to mind the most wretched excesses of Whitesnake. Though there are plenty of worse metal albums out there, it is hard to imagine what conceivable use Mer De Noms will serve. --Andrew Mueller

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of THE most gorgeous rock albums ever Oct. 2 2003
By Milk
Format:Audio CD
The music is both ethereal and hard, and Maynard's voice becomes one of the instruments in each song. I loved Tool and APC's single "Judith." If you listen to Judith, don't expect the rest of the album to mirror it-it's much less dark, and none of the other songs helped earn the Explicit Lyrics warnings. All of the songs have it's own beauty, and no matter how dark and cryptic the subject of them, it's all strangely sympathetic and lulling. Here is a review of each song:
1. The Hollow - Builds up both quickly and slowly... the climax of the song is amazing.
2. Magdalena - Dark and sexual sounding, with a hint of desperation.
3. Rose - Angry and powerful, with some of the most amazing lyrics I've ever heard- Maynard's singing of them is perfect.
4. Judith - People argue this is the hardest song on the album, but I disagree- it's the best Toolesque song, and therefore made a great single. Don't think I dislike the song, it's one of my favorites, and it's cynical sound is raw.
5. Orestes - ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. That is all.
6. 3 Libras - It's like a typical unrequited love ballad, but more mature and understanding. The violins in this song is great- this used to be one of my favorites, but I listened to it way too much. Don't do that and nearly ruin this song. :)
7. Sleeping Beauty - One of the most lacking songs, but this album is so good that... well, lacking for Mer De Noms is like a really amazing song. The music fits the lyrics wonderfully.
8. Thomas - I think this is the hardest song- it's deep and... textured. No other way to describe it. The beginning is almost frightening.
9. Renholder - I wish it wasn't so short. A very tribal, heavy and magical sounding tract with hard to understand lyrics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing journey May 31 2004
Format:Audio CD
A Perfect Circle's debut album is amazing, I first heard of this band from being a fan of "Tool", Maynards original band, before starting this side-project. "Judith" being their only single from the album, it seemed they died for years, but recently came back to life, now with a new bassist (originally from Marilyn Manson) and released "Thirteenth Step" which is also a must check out album, but unfortunately, isn't as great as this album. If you like Rock, musicially creative artists, deep, dark lyrics, and an amazing vocalist, you'll love this album, check it out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Album June 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album. Here's how I rate my favorite songs on this album:
*1. The Hollow - 10/10 - Definitely one of my favorite APC songs, and a very good opening song!
2. Magdalena - 9/10 - Another great song. I really liked it at first, but it has sort of fallen a little bit down on my list.
*4. Judith - 10/10 - Well we all knew I was going to give this song a "10". Although it has really been overplayed by the radio, it still stands as one of my favorites.
*5. Orestes - 10/10 - This is an incredible song! The way it flows makes this song probably my favorite APC song of all time! The best song on Mer De Noms, HANDS DOWN!
*6. Three Libras - 10/10 - YEAH YEAH YEAH we all know this song is a "10". Everyone loves this song!
*11. Brena - 10/10 - I really like this song! It's just kind of laid back, and I can listen to this song all day. It's great!
Well, I think that these 6 songs really make this album! These are MY favorites, but you really need to get this album if you don't already have it. None of the songs will disappoint.
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3.0 out of 5 stars morose & moody March 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
What eventually attracted me to this music wasn't that Maynard Keenan of TOOL (a band which I had listened to a lot as a teenager but never considered to be one of my favorites) is a part of it but how he utilizes his voice on this album and couples it w/a violinist. I don't think I've ever seen or heard a man sing w/a voice of such force and energy in such a - how should I say it? - contradictory, contained way before. It's interesting how a voice w/such a soaring, huge, floating prescence can emanate from a man who barely moves his lips while singing (unless he's lip-syncing) and who adopts a poise so delicate it's almost as if he's dancing on tip-toe like a wavering puppet. So basically, when I first heard this album, I initially disliked it because I thought it was too negative and goth-ish for me, but when I heard the band perform "3 Libras" I was impressed. It was beautiful, and this album has a lot of dark energy, at times intense and at times totally melancholy, but Keenan's voice and Lenchantin's violin soften it a bit. I'm partial to the haunting quality of "3 Libras" and the fierce drive of "The Hollow." Also, as usual, Keenan has interesting ways of working out his demons and/or desires and expressing them weirdly. (Howerdel also contributes lyrically to this album). For instance, "Thinking of You," a song about obsessive sexual self-gratification, (Amazon.com won't let me use the M word here) is downright creepy. Overall, I'm more interested in the lyrics to some of his other songs from TOOL (like the song "Parabola") and from the 13th Step album than w/this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to grade March 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
As i stated above this album is very hard to grade. But before i decide to go anywhere with this let me first say some things.
Mer De Noms, and A Perfect Circle itself is no side project. i am not making this up and i am NO fanboy nor am i hear to bash this album, i am merely a mmusical enthusiast who plays no instruments but can understand good music when he hears it. As was stated above and by Maynard James Keenan himself ohh, about a thousand times, A PERFECT CIRCLE IS NOT A SIDE PROJECT NOR A HOBBY FOR ANY OF THE MEMBERS INVOLVED. it is not necessarily his new abnd (though i believe iot seems so) but nor is it a side project. I AM a Tool fan going into this so if u dont like Tool maybe stay away,a nd i ma not going to amke endless comaprisons.
Now that that is out of the way know this, Mer De Noms in my opinion is an INCREDIBLE cd. It however is NOT Tool, yes the poetry is their, yes a slight twinge of sound is there but A Perfect Circle is very much its own distinguishable sound and Lyrics. this abnd has Billy Howerdell (guitar tech from Tool), Maynard JAmes Keenan (vocalist from Tool and a few others involved.i dared to buy this CD though i heard it was alright to great i ahd no hesitation i purchasing it. In short, i love it. The music is stunning, the poetry is amazing and the full range of style encompassed here ranging from electrified Rock to more soft melodious tunes to un-identifiable jammin' i cant express how i feel about this.
To be honest howveer, some of the tracks had downright starnge and/or annoying parts TO ME.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Put a wicked smile on my face
Mmmmm, Mer de Noms sat in my CD player for a good three weeks, and more often than not I'd be hitting replay at the end. Read more
Published on July 17 2004 by Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Second Best Debuet Album Ever Behind Undertow
WOW. Brilliant. Masterpiece. ALL OF THE ABOVE
This is what music is.
Tool and A Perfect Circle deliver the goods each time out. Read more
Published on June 27 2004 by Nicholas Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good.
This is like the softer side of Tool, or rather the softer side of Maynard. Unlike Tool, this band is more melodic, and has simpler song arrangments. Read more
Published on June 23 2004 by Seth Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Artistique
When I first heard about this band, it was on their commercial. At first I thought they were going to be a minute band that will be forgotten within a couple of months or so (Like... Read more
Published on June 15 2004 by A. Chang
5.0 out of 5 stars purple monkey dishwasher
APC is filthy, they're much better when you see them live. I like tool better, but this band really has nothing to do with tool so stop comparing them.
Published on June 10 2004 by Kevin C. Maguire
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
A perfect circle. Wow, what a band. In my list of all time favourtie music, APC are second only to 'you know who'. So anyway the CD... Read more
Published on May 31 2004 by nympid x
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums ever made
This album in one word is simply incrediple. I am a huge tool fan and was annoyed when the singer said he was starting this new band. Read more
Published on May 1 2004 by John Coniglio
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible...
I bought this album when it first came, out, and have been a huge APC fan ever since. All the tracks here are emotional, put together excellently, and hauntingly beautiful. Read more
Published on May 1 2004 by Withered
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Debut Album
When I first heard a perfect circle i wasnt sure what to expect since im a huge fan of tool. At first when i heard "Judith" which is a amazing and stunning track i... Read more
Published on April 24 2004 by "jutkorney"
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD!!
Dont know what to say is its a must have for any Tool fan or fan of good hard rock!
Published on April 19 2004
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