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A Perfect Circle
Mer de Noms


4.0
excellent

Review

by weak&powerless22 USER (1 Reviews)
March 16th, 2005 | 49 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist


First of all id like to give credit to robnathanhanson for the setup im going to use and for also doing a very good job on the review.

First off A Perfect Circle is made up of:

Maynard James Keenan: lead vocals
Billy Howerdel: lead guitar and backup vocals
Paz Lenchantin: bass, violin, and backup vocals
Josh Freese: drums
Troy Van Leeuwen: rythm guitar

Now those of you who know maynard, already know that he is/was the lead singer of tool and APC was just a side project, which later became full time. Billy Howerdell was a guitar tech for Tool. Ex-failure and enemy guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen also joined along with Josh Freese from vandals and Guns and Roses. However their sound is very little like Tool.

A Perfect Circle blends excellent lyrics with melodic and hard rocking music. It is a sound very easy to get attached to and brings a whole new meaning to metal music. It may not be the traditional hard side of metal but is something you can recognize as a prominent form of music.

Song by song Analysis:

THE HOLLOW- A great way to start the album. This is one of the harder songs on the album and comes off as just another rock band. And thats really how the whole feel of the song is. But the lyrics behind it, make the song great. LEave it to maynard to write something to save a song from repetition.5/5

MAGDALENA-After the first burst of energy, you catch a break with what now becomes known as an APC melodic song. A perfect blend of entrancing verses and powerful chords in the chorus. This along with more exceptionally written lyrics, makes this one of the better songs on the album.4/5

ROSE- Another slower song, but the feel of it changes, instead of cleanly played verses, there is the addition of effects. The music leads you along, builds up on the the prechorus and rings out in the chorus backed with more solid lyrics(a habit of maynards if you hadnt gusessed it). Not a personal favorit but still a good song nonetheless.4/5

JUDITH-Id say the most contreversial and hardest song on the album. This song is a well written song however it does bash blindly following religion. I will refrain from quoting anything but if you are a strong beleiver in any releigion with a god, then i would not let this one song sway your decision in picking this album up because it is only one song. This one sounds the most like traditional metal. Overall it is a good song for those who do not take it personally. It is actually in my opinion one of the better songs on the album. 4/5

ORESTES-A chilling song. It opens with a chilling riff, and goes striaght into maynard with melancholy lyriccs. One of the slowlest songs but also one of the best. The guitar slowly guides you through the song and keeps you there with its beautiful melody. Toward the end you get a taste of power as it gets faster and a little harder and then slowly leads out again. The lyrics indoubtedly fit, and could be taken several different ways much like the rest of maynards lyrics.
5/5

3 LIBRAS-Accousitc guitar matched with a violin. A good tempo song, mostly focusing on the lyrics and maynards vocals. Lyrics are once again matching and well written. The song is all around put together just right, mixing slower verses, lead in pre chorus, and faster chorus and outro. 5/5

SLEEPING BEAUTY-Starts out with heavy distortion but quickly changes into a heavy slow song, that focus mostly on the vocals. The guitar on this one drunkenly stumbles along, in a good way, but in my opinion the music and lyrics dont match up as well in this one as they do in other songs. Each half is good, just the pairing isnt one of the better ones.3.5/5

THOMAS-Starts off slow, with single notes, and moves into heavy chords. Then it goes into a steady chord sturm with maynard singing. Overal gives kind of an enchanting kind of feel. The verse then breaks into a heavy chord chorus. The lyrics are solid and the msuic fits unlike the last song. 3.5/5

REHOLDER-"read backwards as RE: D. Lohner (Danny Lohner) who briefly became APC's guitarist after Troy left. he recorded a number of songs on Thirteenth step, before quitting and being replaced by James Iha"-robnathanhanson...huh, didnt know that, but this song is completely music, and i think it sounds pretty good. Its a different song, but makes you think.3/5

THINKING OF YOU-An uptempo song with a strumming guitar line and effects on lead. Maynards vocals flow through the verses easily and lead straight into an almost whisper singing/talking prechorus, and droning chorus. A great song, but you have to listen a few times and itll finally grow on you. At least thats how it went for me. 3.5/5

BRENA-Slow intro with single notes, and continues thorught the verse. This added with powerful lyrics. A heartfelt song, and hardly follows the rock format at all until the chorus, where it adds heavy chords with distortion. A good song and leads into a great melancholy finish of the album however, if you were looking for more hard songs, there are none left to come. 3/5

OVER-Bell like intro, with maynard repeating the same line. leads into a piano part which is quite a finish for the album, even if it did end more musically than rocking. An alright song, nothing too great, id expect a little better of a finish from them however, the rest of the album more than makes up for it. 2.5/5

A good CD overall for those looking for an exceptionally made album. If all you want are the power chords and screaming the album will leave you lacking.

Pick it up, you wont be disappointed, unless you lost interest when i said the album didnt follow traditional metal values, in which case you will most likely be disappointed.

by the way this is my first review, and im open to contructive criticism. Notice how i said contructive. I dont need to hear stuff like "your review sucked because it did". If it didnt help you, put down a good reason, or dont waste my time and everyone elses.


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choke383
March 18th 2005


66 Comments


i loved this album, my favortie song is Orestes, the song a like the least is Sleeping Beauty. And Like Brena, and Over pretty much, even if Over is just and outro, i like the music, the trail of notes.
I like the feeling of the hole album.
Its a good review, i managed to read the hole thing ;)

mertens
March 30th 2005


1 Comments


I don't think the reviewer knows too much about Renholder and that is also why I don't think it deserved a 3/5.

Play it backwards...maybe you will see more into it then...

(you can use a sound editing program such as Goldwave or Cool Edit to play an mp3 or wav file backwards)

weak&powerless22
March 30th 2005


3 Comments


I gave the songs the score based on how i liked them personally, im sorry i should have mentioned that. And the album got a higher score because of their talent not necessarily based on how i like them and because i grade harder on bands i expect alot from. And yes, i dont know much about reholder but thats what comments are for, adding things i didnt.

By the way thanks for the constructive criticsm, it helps alot and will hopefully make my reviews better.

templebobo
July 14th 2005


2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

An excellent album and a fairly accurate review, get the amotive dvd and listen to the commentaries if you want more insight into the judith, 3 libras and thinking of you lyrics

masada
August 7th 2005


2733 Comments


[quote= ]Mer De Noms (2000, Virgin) was one of the most remarkable success stories in history.[/quote]
:rolleyes:

Adam Jones is GOD
August 7th 2005


113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album, and thats all.



/ninja editThis Message Edited On 08.07.05

masada
August 7th 2005


2733 Comments


That would be BritishBoy that wrote the Featured Album summary.

Captain_HumpYourFace
August 9th 2005


119 Comments


I'm a pretty big Tool fan but I just can't get into APC no matter how hard I try. I can't even figure out what about them I don't like but all of their songs feel like something is missing to me and I can never figure out what. I guess it's just the fact that when I hear Maynard I always expect to hear something more industrial driven.

Still it was a pretty solid review you could still use a slittle work on your description but it was well done nonetheless.

(Edited because I can't spell)This Message Edited On 08.09.05

Nra4ever_17
August 10th 2005


65 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is actually my least favorite APC album. Good album, decent review, though.

bassman9985
August 12th 2005


13 Comments


My thoughts exactly, Iai.

This is why people shouldn't review their favorite abums unless they know where it stands in the musical spectrum. They just sound.. clueless.

OrbDragon
August 13th 2005


152 Comments


^^^

That's complete bullshit in my opinion. Reviewing is always entirely based on a
subjective view. Have you ever read a review, entirely based on facts?
Perhaps, but it's rare...and doesn't exactly persuade you to check the music
out or not.This Message Edited On 08.13.05

br3ad_man
Emeritus
August 13th 2005


2126 Comments


It's still possible to see an album's quality not entirely based on whether you like it or not. I hate the Dead Kennedys, but "Fresh Fruit" is still a great album.

OrbDragon
August 14th 2005


152 Comments


True, but that's why you review the album...not the band. But I see your point...just because you like a band doesn't mean all of their material is good...and vice versa. But if a certain is a persons favorite band, it's for a reason, right?

I do believe you should write a review based of what you think the band is trying to do...and if you think they've captured that goal well or not. To me that's what a review should be about, but most music is made for the sake of making music anyway. That's why I see no problem in reviews that praise or critize the music. It's art, and all people view art in a different way.

I'm not saying there is a problem in critizing a reviewer if you disagree with his opinion...of course not...but I see no point in critizing why a reviewer shouldn't speak his mind, even if it's contrary to your perception on a how a review should be made.

Believe me , I find reviews that give every track 5/5 just as annoying...but it's still opinion...exaggerated perhaps, but hey

Anyway, 'pologies to bassman9985 for my somewhat harsh approach to disagreeing. That was pretty much uncalled for :rolleyes:



Serapheus
August 20th 2005


252 Comments


Judith owns the scrot!!! GO JUDITH!

Dried Muffin Remnants
October 7th 2005


297 Comments


Iai's sentiments are a bit harsh...

I know what Damrod is talking about, though...For a debut album, this did very, very, very well commercially and was critically acclaimed.

I was disappointed when Tool went on Hiatus...but I was not disappointed with this album. Great production, nice melody, good lyrics.

4/5 APC;s best work next to 13th Step.

I'm Charming
October 8th 2005


332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A very good debut album for APC. I personally like "13th step" more.



Judith and Brena are the stand out tracks for me.

wikuk
October 24th 2005


1110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

very good review



my favorite are the hollow and 3 libras

ocelot-05
November 13th 2005


807 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Orestes is divine, just like Vanishing from Thirteenth Step. Maynard has the sweetest voice I have ever heard. It is so gentle and soothing, yet powerful, and sad, and emotional. As a singer and lyricist, he is my idol.

RomoCosmo14
November 13th 2005


69 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just picked up this album...

very nice



someone please explain the renholder significance plz...



nice review btw

Cravinov13
November 13th 2005


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[QUOTE=RomoCosmo14]someone please explain the renholder significance plz...[/QUOTE]



They felt like making a really cool music piece, I guess.



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