A Perfect Circle
Thirteenth Step


4.5
superb

Review

by someguest USER (24 Reviews)
May 9th, 2011 | 51 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: You fucking tomato.

Bitterness and peacefulness don’t go hand in hand. It was never intended for both to exist at the same time. And yet there are some moments where it seems both can exist without the creation of any direct conflict. It’s disappointing that the bitterness often takes precedence over the peace, with the past consistently haunting and the present nothing more than a reflection of what could have been. Before we know it, this strong feeling of resentment can turn into a completely different lifestyle. The sweeping devastation of negativity can be brought on by a group of people, or the decisions made by a handful of powerful leaders. However, there is nothing as truly and completely ravaging as constant rejection and a regret of a step that was never taken. This possible existence of resentment and peace symbiotically has the band creating an album which contrasts the effect of both on the individual. This is helped along by the differentiation between the acoustic and electric guitars, varying sound effects, and a consistently strong rhythm section.

Thirteenth Step finds Maynard and company successfully straddling that fine line between both ends of the spectrum. The amount of care, for whoever the subject may be, is absolutely incredible and heartfelt; regardless, there is also a strong and obvious remark of “I told you so” which could well be the final kick to end it all. Musically, the album is as haunting as the messages; the atmospheric overtones to the somewhat simple alternative rock song structures create an all-encompassing landscape, placing the listener right in the middle of the battlefield currently taking place in the being’s mind. There are definitely moments where the listener will think they’ve finally achieved peace (“Vanishing”, “The Nurse Who Loved Me”, “Lullaby”), only to be thrown back into the disenchantment and negativity of reality (“A Stranger”, “Pet”, “Gravity”). And while the songs searching for serenity are definitely incredible during the moments you’re listening to them, it’s the biting sarcasm in the darker tracks which will stick with you in the long run, further solidifying the idea that it’s much easier and more fun to be pissed off. I hope it doesn’t kill us in the long run.



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someguest
May 10th 2011


20879 Comments


I don't want to hear it.

Digging: Dexter Gordon - Our Man in Paris

Ire
May 10th 2011


41803 Comments


didn't read

pos

foreverendeared
May 10th 2011


14678 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

FFFFUUUUU

Xenophanes
Emeritus
May 10th 2011


10614 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The sound of my teenage years right here.

Digging: Kayo Dot - Coffins On Io

someguest
May 10th 2011


20879 Comments


Lol, what does that say about me?

foreverendeared: (4+4.5)/2 = 4.25, the actual rating I feel this deserves.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
May 10th 2011


10614 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

what are your thoughts on Mer de Noms?

someguest
May 10th 2011


20879 Comments


I haven't heard it. "Judith" is good though.

rasputin
May 10th 2011


14550 Comments


nice sound-off

foreverendeared
May 10th 2011


14678 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Mer de Noms is pretty great, but it's no 13th Step

Xenophanes
Emeritus
May 10th 2011


10614 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

old joke

Scrambled
May 10th 2011


391 Comments


har har

someguest
May 10th 2011


20879 Comments


I laffed. I'm going to bed.

ohfoxxxycole
May 10th 2011


4353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

tl;dr

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
May 10th 2011


28655 Comments


posd

Digging: Jessie Ware - Tough Love

Xenophanes
Emeritus
May 10th 2011


10614 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lol. But really, for a short review you pack a lot in, kudos.

rasputin
May 10th 2011


14550 Comments


old joke


that joke is older than your membership to this website

Xenophanes
Emeritus
May 10th 2011


10614 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Kudos doesn't work there whatever pos

Acanthus
May 10th 2011


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I enjoyed the review, it was a fun and quick read. This is my favorite album from them, Mer De Noms wasn't bad I just enjoy the feel of this album better.

Digging: The Knife - Deep Cuts

Itwasthatwas
May 10th 2011


770 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sick record

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 10th 2011


7098 Comments


Summary is a bit abrupt, but reads well. A pos is in order.



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