|1. The Hollow|
|6. 3 Libras|
|7. Sleeping Beauty|
|10. Thinking Of You|
Album Name: Mer de Noms
Year of Release: 2000
Track 1 - The Hollow - A wonderful song to introduce the sound of A Perfect Circle. The band has managed to create the perfect mix of rock, punk, and metal, creating a wonderful piece of music. This song shows that A Perfect Circle is more melodic than other metal / rock artists such as Tool. Although the lyrics are not printed on the inside cover, you may want to take the time to find them on the internet if you can't make them out in the song, because they are quite well done.
Track 2 - Magdalena - Beginning with a softer tone, quiet, slowish drums lead us into the epic track that is 'Magdalena'. There is some excellent guitar and percussion work in this piece. This being one of the harder songs on the album, fans of Tool may be able to relate to this song better than they can to softer / slower songs on the album. On the inside cover, we see a crumpled up piece of paper with some lyrics from the song:
'I'd sell my soul, my self esteem, a dollar at a time, fro just one taste of you, my Magdalena'
Track 3 - Rose - Another harder work, 'Rose' conveys is the overall feel of 'Mer de Noms', with excellent bass and guitar work, intriguing lyrics, and haunting vocals. Especially creative is the chorus, which shall not be given away in this review. It will be left as a surprise when you buy the album!
Track 4 - Judith - Perhaps the most explicit track on the album, lyrics tell us to do unspeakable things to our God. However, on the band's website, Maynard James Keenan (main vocals) states that it's not THE God, but only YOUR God. Another hard, yet excellent track.
Track 5 - Orestes - A slower, more melodic track, 'Orestes' shows us the softer side of A Perfect Circle's music. The lyrics to 'Orestes', however, are another story. They still bring us the same emotion and feeling as other more 'band generic' works, such as 'The Hollow' or 'Rose'.
Track 6 - 3 Libras - With the inclusion of some stringed instruments, '3 Libras' is perhaps the softest song on the track. This is the track that will appeal most to more 'generic rock' artists, although it may not appeal as much to fans of Tool, and it may not be what you've come to expect from A Perfect Circle. Still, an incredibly memorable track.
Track 7 - Sleeping Beauty - With much of the same power and intensity as 'Magdalena', with perhaps a bit more of a melodic feel, 'Sleeping Beauty' feels like a wonderful track. Therefore, it is a wonderful track. 'Nuff said.
As songBYsong inc. does not wish to give the entire album away to you, this review stops here. We hope that what you have read up to now will influence you to buy this wonderful album.
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*1. The Hollow - 10/10 - Definitely one of my favorite APC songs, and a very good opening song!
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