Mer de Noms

Mer de Noms

by A Perfect CircleA Perfect Circle

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record - Special Edition / 180 Gram Vinyl)

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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: 09/02/2008
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 0724384925314
catalogNumber: 49253


  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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