Mer de Noms

A Perfect Circle - Mer de Noms
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2000 Ratings: #51 / 105
User Score
Based on 81 ratings
2000 Ratings: #68
May 23, 2000 / Release Date
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Among these brilliant songs, the album has much more to offer, most songs being extremely melodic and beautiful, a sound A Perfect Circle embraces on Thirteenth Step and takes to another level.

In exploring their corrupt visions, A Perfect Circle have created a work of morbid beauty. In terms of darkness, it eclipses nearly everything else.
Mer De Noms (and A Perfect Circle in general) is a much more accessible and easier to digest record than a lot of what Tool has put out. While Maynard is just as good a vocalist and songwriter here as he is on Tool, I do feel like the alternative rock sound is much more generic than the prog metal sound that Tool goes for. As a result, I don't like this anywhere near as much as anything I've heard from Tool, but I still liked this a lot.

This whole album is much easier than anything under ... read more
A Perfect Circle is a more accessible change of pace from Tool yet it still presents a lot of the anger that Maynard James Keenan puts into Tool's records. His vocals and writing are still as great as ever and the instrumentals and production, while not as dynamic and overpowering as something like "Ænima", is still strong on "Mer De Noms".

Fav Tracks: Judith, The Hollow, Orestes, 3 Libras, Sleeping Beauty, Magdalena, Breña

Least Fav Track: ... read more
The Hollow - 80
Magdalena - 80
Rose - 75
Judith - 85
Orestes - 80
3 Libras - 75
Sleeping Beauty - 70
Thomas - 75
Renholdër - 70
Thinking of You - 70
Breña - 75
Over - 75

Destaque: Judith
Great album and nice change from TOOL for Maynard. Great outlet for him to do more with his voice and talents.
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Added on: August 26, 2012