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Album Review

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.]

Customer Reviews

3 Libras is a weak imposter

I love this band so much I have a tattoo of their logo... But, they need to stop playing their pretentious mix of 3 Libras and trying to pass it off as the original in the track list. I'd seen them several times in their reunion tour and they seem to constantly refuse fans the right to hear the true version of the song... It's not artistic to play a remix of one of your most beautifully composed songs. It's annoying... That being said, A Perfect Circle is an amazing group with supreme talent. Would love more new material than just 1 song...

Great version of "Rose"

The version of "Rose" on here is amazing. It's always been one of my favorite of APC's songs. Ok. The A Perfect Circle thing is out now and everyone is happy (so much material!). Now Maynard can get back with Tool and make this new Tool album happen. It's been 8 years now. I need my Tool fix!

Amazing Live Performance for the Noms

If you are a APC fan then you will love this. Hearing your favorite songs from Mer de Noms live is like hearing the album for the first time all over again.
Just Buy it.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed by Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan and former Tool guitar tech Billy Howerdel, A Perfect Circle is an extension of the alt-metal-fused-with-art rock style popularized by Tool in the early to mid-'90s. While similar to Tool in intensity and melancholy, A Perfect Circle is less dark and more melodic, with a theatrical, ambient quality that incorporates occasional strings and unusual instrumentation. After the release of Ænima in 1996, Tool found themselves in the midst of an extended legal...
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