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Format: CD
Sku: 60412322
UPC: 724384925321
UPC 14: 00724384925321
Release Date: 5/23/2000
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Hollow, The ~ A Perfect Circle
2. Magdalena ~ A Perfect Circle
3. Rose ~ A Perfect Circle
4. Judith ~ A Perfect Circle
5. Orestes ~ A Perfect Circle
6. 3 Libras ~ A Perfect Circle
7. Sleeping Beauty ~ A Perfect Circle
8. Thomas ~ A Perfect Circle
9. Renholder ~ A Perfect Circle
10. Thinking Of You ~ A Perfect Circle
11. Brena ~ A Perfect Circle
12. Over ~ A Perfect Circle
 
A Perfect Circle is a new rock band formed by Tool's Maynard James Keenan and Billy Howardel. Also, in the band are Troy Van Leeuwen, Paz Lenchantin, and John Freese of the Vandals.The first single is "Judith." See the videos of "Judith" (Real Player) or "Judith" (Windows Media).

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote A Perfect Circle: Maynard James Keenan (vocals, gourd); Billy Howerdel (guitar, piano, bass, programming, background vocals); Troy Van Leeuwen (guitar); Paz Lanchantin (violin, bass, background vocals); Josh Freese (drums, percussion).
Muze PNote Additional personnel: Luciano Lenchantin (viola); Tim Alexander (drums); Draven Godwin (percussion); Keli Shafer (background vocals).
Muze PNote Engineers include: Billy Howerdel, Frank Grymer, Critter.
Muze PNote Recorded at Perfect Circle Studios, Exstacy and The Chop Shop, Hollywood, California; Sound City, Van Nuys, California.
Muze PNote A Perfect Circle: Maynard James Keenan (vocals, gourd); Billy Howerdel (guitar, piano, bass, programming, background vocals); Troy Van Leeuwen (guitar); Paz Lanchantin (violin, bass, background vocals); Josh Freese (drums, percussion).
Muze PNote Additional personnel: Luciano Lenchantin (viola); Tim Alexander (drums); Draven Godwin (percussion); Keli Shafer (background vocals).
Muze PNote Engineers include: Billy Howerdel, Frank Grymer, Critter.
Muze PNote Recorded at Perfect Circle Studios, Exstacy and The Chop Shop, Hollywood, California and Sound City, Van Nuys, California.
Muze PNote Personnel: Billy Howerdel (vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards, programming); Maynard James Keenan (vocals); Josh Freese (drums, percussion); Tim "Herb" Alexander (drums).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Alan Moulder; Billy Howerdel.
Muze PNote Recording information: Extasy Studios, North Hollywood, CA; Perfect Circle Studios, North Hollywood, CA; Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA; The Chop Shop, Hollywood, CA.
Muze PNote Photographer: Dean Murphy.
Muze PNote Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan offers up something to fill the collective void of fans eagerly awaiting a follow up to AENIMA. Keenan teamed with Tool guitar tech and A Perfect Circle guitarist/composer Billy Howerdel for MER DE NOMS, which is both a band effort and an engaging hard rock album, recorded while Tool renegotiated with their label and other band members took a break. But don't be fooled; A Perfect Circle is more than a one-off side project.
Muze PNote The band isn't nearly as brutal as Tool; the musical textures are instead spacious and melodic. Keenan maintains his brooding, emotionally charged vocal style and his knack for conjuring bleak imagery. The track most comparable to Tool's music, "Rose," utilizes rise-and-fall dynamics and unpredictably breaks away to gentle strings, while "Judith" (the album's title is French for "sea of names," hence the song titles), explores free thought and warns against blind faith, and "Orestes" departs from the predominant guitar distortion with moody, powerful results.

Producer: Billy Howerdel

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Tim Alexander

Artist Overview

Founded in the late 1990s by Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan and guitar tech Billy Howerdel, A Perfect Circle takes the former group's brooding sonic template and lightens the heavy, prog-rock load with more melodic arrangements and varied instrumentation. Although APC originally began as a side-project, the success of the band's debut, MER DE NOMS, led to a follow-up, the gloomy THIRTEENTH STEP. Between the first and second albums, APC's line-up shifted, resulting in the addition of bassist Jeordie White (A.K.A. Twiggy Ramirez of Marilyn Manson) and former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Underworld (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Resident Evil: apocalypse
Muze Music Compilations Mtv2 Headbandger's Ball Vol 2

Associated Artists and Works

Da Capo Players
Da Capo Players (The)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/22/2000
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2000
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : CDVUS 173
Music Label Name Label : Virgin
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00724384925321

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (1/4/01, p.114)
- Included in Rolling Stone's "Top 50 Albums of 2000" - "...A positively ancient metal, a gothic throb that leapfrogs over rap metal back to the sleek PORNOGRAPHY-era dolor of the Cure and psychedlic-Valhalla songs of Led Zep....refreshing darkness."

Spin (10/03, p.107)
- "...On the ballad '3 Libras', Keenan sings with an elegance few could have imagined..."

Entertainment Weekly (6/2/00, p.78)
- "...Less ominous [than Maynard's former band Tool], leavening guitar shrapnel with genuinely pretty melodies and frilly production flourishes - kinda like neo-Metallica, but with 'cojones'." - Rating: A-

Q (7/00, p.122)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...Echoes Tool's dark alt.rock dynamics in the stealthy riffing of 'Magdalena' and 'Judith', but it is with gentler songs such as '3 Libras' or the Led Zeppelin-influenced 'Renholder' that [they] truly shine."

CMJ (5/22/00, p.26)
- "...Offers songs [which] are carefully arranged, less aggressive and almost symphonic in scope, letting [James] Keenan reference religion and sex while biting with ruthless verbal bitch slaps....Merciless."

Melody Maker (6/20/00, p.60)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...This is Killing Joke and Jane's Addiction; this is Soundgarden and Alice In Chains; Keenan's gorgeously intimate voice is shoved up front throughout and it's his throat's suckable folds that draw you deeper in..."

NME (Magazine)
(7/1/00, p.45)
- 7 out of 10 - "...Mystic atmospherics and haunting, uplifting vocals....[They] have created a work of morbid beauty. In terms of darkness, it eclipses nearly everything else."

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