Thirteenth Step

Thirteenth Step

by A Perfect Circle


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This new-generation supergroup, while prone to some of the excesses of the all-star bands of generations past, has managed to carve itself a niche that none of the participants can fill on their own -- and that's quite a significant accomplishment. Frontman Maynard James Keenan, who consistently insists that neither APC nor Tool can be considered "side projects," whispers not-so-sweet nothings into the baroque constructs that his bandmates erect on dark pieces like "The Package" and "Weak and Powerless," both of which seem to be rooted in the 12-step concepts alluded to in the album's title. Keenan doesn't try to steal the show, however: He tones down his stylized delivery considerably for much of Thirteenth Step, allowing the spacious, angular guitar of co-writer Billy Howerdel to prod listeners into fugue-state journeys, most successfully on "Blue" and "A Stranger." The latter tune conjures up images of early post-punk Britain, an era when the Cure and Joy Division were first starting down roads dank and dusky. It's on these more atmospheric tracks, as opposed to the more conventionally gnashing metallic tones that creep in toward disc's end, that APC are most convincing, thanks in large part to the surprisingly deft bass playing of Jeordie White (the artist formerly known as Twiggy Ramirez, from Marilyn Manson). There's not a lot of room to breathe in these grooves, but claustrophobia has rarely felt so good.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/08/2003
Label: Emi Europe Generic
UPC: 0724358343922
catalogNumber: 583439
Rank: 15695

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Perfect Circle   Primary Artist
Jarboe   Vocals
Josh Freese   Drums,Background Vocals,Group Member
James Iha   Group Member
Maynard James Keenan   Vocals,Group Member
Danny Lohner   Guitar
Troy Van Leeuwen   Guitar
Billy Howerdel   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Jeordie White   Bass,Background Vocals,Group Member
Devo Keenan   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jon Brion   Instrumentation
Josh Freese   Composer
Maynard James Keenan   Composer,Executive Producer,Artwork
Greg Edwards   Composer
Danny Lohner   Producer
Steven R. Gilmore   Art Direction,Digital Photography
Ken Andrews   Composer
Kevin Patrick Warren   Instrumentation
Troy Van Leeuwen   Composer
Billy Howerdel   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Paz Lenchantin   Composer
Jeordie White   Composer

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Thirteenth Step 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 165 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A few years ago, A Perfect Circle debuted and brought a lot of great music to a lot of people. Last week they did it a again with "Thirteenth Step." With this release they define themselves as a band in their own right and not just a side project like so many people think they are. Despite his long run as the frontman of Tool, his work with A Perfect Circle is art in its own right. The only musical connection the two bands have is the fact that they have the same frontman. I highly recomend this album to everyone. It is a must have for every cd collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like Tool even if you dont like Tool this is an album to buy. I love this album. 5* stars
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD, like all of A Perfect Circles CD's, is so good. All of the tracks are capturing and each song has its own style. Maynard's style of singing is original and so good. This band has actual talent unlike most on the top of the billboard charts. I highly recommend this CD to anyone who appreciates real music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
APC put thiteenth step together really well and i really think every one who enjoys there music should purchase this cd cause they did an awesome job on it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally an album with thought and emotion behind every chord, note, and...pause. Thirteenth Step is by far one of the best constructed and performed albums in years. Obviously each musician in gifted in their own rite, but their sound is becoming more and more like an outpouring bellow from a single weathered soul. The more you listen to this album, the more you'll be forced to think and feel what you never noticed, or didn't want to notice before. Thirteenth Step will let you hear that bellow from your soul. Buy it, and explore you mind and spirit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Adding Jeordie White, and James Iha to the core members of Maynard, Billy, and Josh, has hopefully solidified this group for years to come. Anyone who is into music that is thoughtful, and hard w/o necessarily needing the riffs and whatnot, this cd is for you! Maynard's voice, Billy's guitar, Josh's drums, and Jeordie's bass just...they just go together! This group has so much chemistry and it shows in the music, both on the album, and live! Anyone who reads this, proceed to buy the album NOW!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again APC has done it, they have created an album that was so far beyond expectations. It was unbelivable, neer have i heard a single CD with so many diverse songs, and so much fealing. APC used several different styles in the making of Thirteenth Step. Maynard wrote some unbelivable lyrics for this one, that fit well with the suporting music. I hope you all live this album as much as i do!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is awesome, if you like the first one you will love this one, just listen to Maynard's voice and you will fall in love with this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Mer De Noms' captivated me with its unique sound. With their debut, A Perfect Circle brought a true heartfelt melodic fashion back to a soulless music scene. This different look at what music could truly be is what sucked me completely into their music. The sophomore effort has been, for me, one of the most anticipated albums since they set the standard with that 2000 release. 'Thirteenth Step' has delivered everything that I expected from the band and more. The passion that each member has for music is defiantly reflected in the album and the way it was put together. From 'The Package' to 'Gravity' each step taking you in and filling you with its melodic and tranquil romance through the deep base and impeccable lyrics in strategic timing only to leave you yearning for more, forcing you to start the disk again. I can't say a bad thing about any of the songs on this disk, not one. I bought the album over a week ago and I haven't stopped listening to it yet. It hasn't gotten old and is not like a lot of other bands lately where only a few songs are listenable and you have no idea what the rest is. Maynard and Billy deliver once again. Adding Jeordie and James to the lineup has been flawless transition and even a boost to the depth of the band and music. APC proves that there first album wasn't a fluke, they have something raw and unbridled, the progression that developed in their second release is what will surely set them apart from the previous or other bands that each member has been involved with. "Just ignore the smoke and smile" [from Blue, TS]. It's already become an instant classic in my CD collection. I look forward to the many experiences I shall have while listening to this album, as I know there will be many. Thanks Billy, Timmy, Jeordie, James and Josh, can wait to see you live.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome cd. It's one of the best I've ever heard. It's mixed perfectly, Maynard's vocals are smooth and mellow, Billy's guitar playing is complimented by Troy's base. It's very good. Go out and buy it now. Now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've owned the Thirteenth Step now for almost one week and still cannot get enough. The entire record makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up and my eyes swell with tears. Maynard's voice, while sometimes violent, still comforts me as does a mother's sentiment. The music seems not to come from several instruments, but rather from a single precise contrivance. Truly a work of art.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the first cd. This one I can't say is so much better than the first as a great extension and expansion from its origins. The songs on this cd focus less on having thousands of guitars to beef everything up and instead uses some of the best bass playing I've heard in a while. The guitars instead split the parts up very well and layer themselves to create some vivid landscapes, peppered with some of the best vocals (delivered by keenan) I've ever heard in my life. Buy this record!
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW!! this album is unbelievably amazing. much better than "mer de noms" in my oppinion. billy, and maynard are a great team; and the 2 new members: jeordie white (twiggy ramerez when he was with marylin manson), and james iha (an astounding guitarist, previously with the smashing pumpkins) helped make this album a complete masterpiece!!! outstanding.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album,is a timeless piece of work,evoking & confronting emotions you've either been supressing or denying for years, allowing "The Cure" w/ an edge, to reincarnate into the New Mellenium,w/ a sound like no other,,,Maynard James Keenan will take you away from this place,& Billy Howerdel,Has accomplished more than he might even realize himself......13th Step = A+
Guest More than 1 year ago
See i have heard 5 songs off their new album. The pet, The package, The ousider, The nurse who loved me(which were all bootlegs but none the less good), and Weak and Powerless. Their new album so far seems really good. Its not better than Mer de Noms but just as good. They have a new and different sound, but every great band evolves. So do yourself a favor and help this band sell out by buying their record.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this 12 track cd, all different emotions are felt throughout it. The band took a different direction on this album and it has now been rated album of the year by me. Maynards vocals and lyrics are better than ever and the band musical compostition is amazing. Even the order of the songs is perfect. This cd is and probably will be in my cd player for a long time. APC i cant wait to see all the florida shows.
DEMONTHE7TH More than 1 year ago
This is one very fluid album. Try not to concern yourself with the lead singer being from TOOL (even though TOOL is amazing) or else you're going to set yourself up on this one. To be honest, I believe that Mer De Noms felt alot more like TOOL than this album. 13th step is definitely a step in a better direction, for originality purposes and just being all around hypnotic. Don't get me wrong, Mer De Noms was a great album. What band could pull off using a xylophone that wasn't in grade school? I think that "Pet," "The Noose," and "The Outsider" are really the standouts on this album, but there's not one song on this cd that I don't love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Seriously. Buy this album. If you liked Mer de Noms, you'll love this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have waited for a perfect circle's second installment for a long, long time, and believe you me, it was worth the wait. maynard's lyrics, steeped in the pain, apology, regret, and hopefulness of an addict (of so many things). this able made me feel emotions akin to that of "orestes" off of mer de noms. this albums is steeped in whatever life maynard led, and the songs seem to cleanse his soul. you can feel that emotion in every note and every lyric. pay special attention to the bass lines, and buy this, not for a comparison to mer de noms, because they are totally different entities, but for a view of the band that is different, changed by the life lived. standouts include "the observer," "blue," and "the noose."
Guest More than 1 year ago
i saw a perfect circle live and knew i was in for a ride when i bought the cd. it was just so beautiful. i like to describe it as picturesque and grotesque. the song as so pretty and imaginitive while the lyrics are alittle suspicious. i love the balance of the two extremes. a very beautifully done album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The audio landscapes in the album were previously unimaginable. I absolutely cannot get this stuff out of my head. I carry it around with me like insulin. This is a paragon. Perfection, and through such amazing souls. Maynard is God's gift to music, and he further demonstrates this with his unusually emotional parts on this album. Billy is absolutely brilliant as well. The melodic composition on this record is flawless. Truly a MUST-have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After my long anticipated wait for "Thirteenth Step" to be release my wait finally came to an end. I rushed right out & got it. Its' obvious with the opening of the first song "The Package" that APC has grown & matured. The development of this band is overwhelming. It seems that everything Maynard James Keenan touches turns to gold. He knows how to grasp your mind & your soul & take you on a musical adventure. "Thirteenth Step" is woth every penny you pay for it. There is not one bad song on this disk. Each & every song will take you on a journey. If I was forced to choose a favorite song that song would have to be "The Noose". You know as soon as you hear the first chord that this song is special. Maynard's heart tugging vocals pull every emotional string in your body. Soothing yet haunting vocals that touch you deep within. "Not to pull your halo down" "Arounf your neck & tug you off your cloud" "But I'm more than just a little curious" "How you're planning to go about making your amends" "To the dead" If this song doesn't touch you, move you, send a chill up your spine something is wrong. "Thirteenth Step" is truly a beautiful album if you are one to appreciate new things. Go for the art, not the top 10. I truly believe this is the best album of 2003.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most amazing records I have ever heard. Anyone who says that they sound just like Tool needs to open their ears, mind and expand their horizons. You can hear how the songwriting and producing goes the next step when looking back to the debut release "Mer de Noms". The vocal stylings of Maynard are so intense and catchy. I don't know the words yet to the songs, however I find myself whistling the melodies. It's too much. I am curious to hear how this stuff sounds live. If there is any doubt to buy this record, forget about it. If you listen to it once and it doesn't click, take a break and try again later. Pet, The Nurse, and Blue are some awesome tracks, but then again, the entire CD is awesome so just listen to it and enjoy the journey.
Guest More than 1 year ago
superb! everything i hoped and more! i cant wait to see you guys in concert....PUHLEEZE come to kansas city mo! neal dolson
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thirteenth Step was a fantastic way for A Perfect Cirlce to follow up their debut CD, Mer De Noms. While the sounds are a little different than the first album, it's all new and original. You will find the bass in "The Package" thump within you, and the beauty of "The Nurse Who Loved Me" pull at your heart. Each song different, you will be pleased to put it in your stereo for hours on end. Enjoy!!