Sound — 10
Mer De Noms was (unfortunately) the last record of A Perfect Circle that I bought. But it is the best one in my eyes! You have to know that all A Perfect Circle records are great but this one is just incredible! A Perfect Circle have so many strenghts. There also is an instrumental song ('Renholder') on this album. They have powerful song like 'Judith' and also an awesome lovesong that just shows the beauty of Maynard James Keenan's voice. He truely is the best singer in the whole wide world! Trust me! You've got to listen to this record. This is one of my favorite albums ever.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are quite good too. As I already said, Maynard has got the best voice on our planet. I fell in love with his voice afterwards I listened to this great piece of great music. The lyrics go very well with the music. And the '3 Libras' lyric just says what you may feel in that kind of situation ('Difficult not to feel a little bit disappointed and passed over/Here I am expecting just a little bit too much from the wounded/You don't, you don't, you don't see me'). Those are lyrics that come right from the heart.
Overall Impression — 10
You really can't compare bands so you also can't compare A Perfect Circle to any other band. A Perfect Circle shows with their first album that this band is not just a 'side-project' of Maynard James Keenan. It's a 'real' band. There are a lot of awesome tracks on Mer De Noms but I really love: The Hollow, Magdalena, Rose, Judith, Orestes, 3 Libras, Sleeping Beauty (the acoustic version is even better), Thinking Of You and Brena. Well, you see, those are 9 tracks out of 12. I love the mood that they build up in their songs. It's just overwhelming but you've got to listen to this CD more than one time to understand how brilliant this is. And I would also buy it again a 1000 times if it was stolen.