Thirteenth Step

Thirteenth Step

by A Perfect CircleA 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: 09/16/2003
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 0724358091823
catalogNumber: 80918
Rank: 20332

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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