This is for anyone who gave this album below 5 stars or who doesn't understand why it deserves a perfect rating. This can be taken as a guide for how to listen to ANY new CD which you have bought.
1) Listen to the ENTIRE album without stop. It will sound completly new and foreign, and it will probably also sound all the same, don't let this throw you. (anybody who writes a review at this point is making a big mistake)
2) Wait for 1-2 days. (listen to other music)
3) Listen to parts of the album (those which you prefer) until you get really sick of them. I'm talking 2-3 tracks at most. (These will probably be close to the beggining of the album, or the be the ones you heard before on the radio or anywhere else)
5) Wait atleast a week. (listen to lots of other music)
6) Listen to the ENTIRE album again. Start to pick out the songs that you didn't appreaciate at first. You will discover that these are the best ones of the album. The reason is that your ear only catches at first what is familiar to you. You probably won't like the "hook" songs anymore, that were included (usually) at the beggining of the album, since you listened them to death.
7) At this point you can listen at will to whatever catches your ear, you will slowly progress through the album and discover the hidden rhythms that you "somehow" didn't hear for the past couple weeks.
8) If it is a good album, you will now begin to listen religiously to it. (Discovering even more of it's genius) If not, you will throw it down in disgust because the only thing there was to the ablum was "hook" songs and filler.
This is the progression that I seem to go through with most of the CD's that I buy. I just thought I'd share it because APC makes the perfect example for this method.
If you listen to Thirteenth Step with this guide, I guarantee you will appreaciate it, and come to cherish the album.