A Perfect Circle Albums Ranked

A Perfect Circle is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1999 by guitarist Billy Howerdel and Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan. A Perfect Circle has released four studio albums, the first three during the early 2000s: Mer de Noms, their debut album in 2000, and followed up by Thirteenth Step in 2003; then in 2004, Emotive—an album of radically re-worked cover songs. Shortly after Emotive‘s release, the band went on hiatus; Keenan returned to Tool and started up solo work under the band name Puscifer, while Howerdel released a solo album, Keep Telling Myself It’s Alright, under the moniker Ashes Divide. Band activity was sporadic in the following years; the band reformed in 2010, and played live shows on and off between 2010 and 2013, but fell into inactivity after the release of their greatest hits album, Three Sixty, and a live album box set, A Perfect Circle Live: Featuring Stone and Echo in late 2013. The band reformed in 2017 to record a fourth album, Eat the Elephant, which was released on April 20, 2018. Here are all of A Perfect Circle albums ranked.

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7. Three Sixty 

“There are certain bands that you just don’t expect to release a Greatest Hits album. For some bands, a greatest hits compilation would break up the smooth flow of their records, a flow that they work extra-hard on producing. Other bands don’t release Greatest Hits simply because they are against the concept of rounding up their most popular tracks and putting them all out on one album. Sometimes, if a band only has a few albums, a Greatest Hits record would be unnecessary when one could just buy all of their studio efforts.”

6. Mer De Noms – Live 

“I’m inclined to believe that APC’s live performance of this album (and the others) are better than the studio versions! These wonderful musicians (especially Maynard James Keenan) never fail to go beyond impressing me. Absolutely fantastic! “

5. Thirteenth Step – Live 

“Solid set from a fantastic album. From night 2 of a 3 day stint a few years back, MJK and co played their 3 discs front to back each night. APC fans have been waiting for these discs to be available and you will not be disappointed! Great sound quality with the live feeling and flow that the 13th Step has from start to finish.”

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4. eMOTIVe 

“This album is has a good vibe to it, very melodic and moody, and the earnest appeal toward peace over war throughout the album feels genuine and effective. Few people deny that Passive and Fiddle and the Drum are good songs, but I would venture to say When the levee breaks and the cover of What’s going on are highlights.”

3. Eat The Elephant 

“I know Fear Innoculum came out after Eat the Elephant, but I’m using it to show how impressive this album is. I actually think there are more vocal peaks here, the long perfect pitched notes we are more used to hearing from Tool. There’s much more singing on this album than instrumentation unlike Tool. Now, I’m going to stop comparing it to Tool. There’s not a lot of heavy parts but the singing complements the composition so well that it makes the instrumentals stand out simultaneously.”

2. Mer De Noms 

“A perfect circle debut is a very fine album which unfortunately lags behind everything Tool has ever done. They go for the dark side of alt rock on this album, providing songs with loud memorable hooks and well crafted guitar passages. The technicality of this group is nothing compared with Tool, but at the same time it is several steps ahead of the average alt rock band.”

1. Thirteenth Step 

“This album is a bit of a departure when it comes to the kind of alternative rock I listen to typically, but it’s quickly become one of my favorites. The more melancholy, refined sound that Maynard brought with A Perfect Circle is a stark contrast to some of his earlier work with Tool, and I think its a fitting evolution for his signature style as he shifted between projects in the early 2000’s.”