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Thirteenth Step Import

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 16 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Virgin America
  • ASIN: B0000AZJXQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 885 customer reviews
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1. The Package
2. Weak And Powerless
3. The Noose
4. Blue
5. Vanishing
6. A Stranger
7. The Outsider
8. Crimes
9. The Nurse Who Loved Me
10. Pet
11. Lullaby
12. Gravity

Product Description

Japanese version of their 2003 album features12 tracks including an exclusive extended version of 'The Package'. Includes the same amount of tracks as all other pressings. Copy Control. EMI.

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Format: Audio CD
It's no secret thanks to the wonders of the internet that Thirteenth Step was a far more personal album than Mer De Noms (their first album), and was centered on problems and recovery, specificually the two main themes in it seem to be substance abuse and a single relationship's ties to the abuse problem. Upon writing out a track by track analysis (click titles for a direct link to the lyrics), I found that it spelled out a narrative story:
01. The Package - The lyrics sound like a drug addict's trip to a dealer and the craving for whatever it is he's jonesing for. The title: going in search of a package, of drugs.
02. Weak and Powerless - An illustration of the cotton mouth you get when you're anticipating something exciting (in this case taking the drug, but it's a feeling similar to talking to someone you're attracted to) with the knowledge that doing it is a very bad idea...but you want it anyway. The title: the feeling one gets when about to do something exhilarating.
03. The Noose - The disillusionment that follows a badly ended relationship, and how you find yourself appalled by someone you used to adore. This is quite likely a relationship that ended because of the main character's substance abuse problem, and the lyrics refer to the friend/significant other feeling shocked and disillusioned that someone they thought they knew could change so much. The title: the descent of the addict here is represented by death via noose (also the lyric about the halo slipping down).
04. Blue - Blissful ignorance followed by ignoring all the obvious signs of a problem. Also the rather obvious symbolism of someone who's not breathing turns blue. The title: the color one turns when suffocating.
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Format: Audio CD
I'd like to start off by saying that, by my standards, a 5-star album must be perfect (i.e. perfect like "Who's Next" and not "Hybrid Theory"). So, my giving this album 5 stars is quite the complement considering how critical I am of music.
On to the album. What makes this album so good is not the fact that Maynard is singing (I'm not dissing him- I have a great respect for him, in fact) but his contributions to the overall mood of the album as a whole. The whole album is one giant drug record (think the Cure but about chemicals not women) and Maynard adds tension to the atmosphere by sounding haunted when he sings on "The Package" and "Pet".
Speaking of the former, I think that it's the centerpiece of this tremendous piece of music. The song begins with a simplistic drum beat, sludgy bass line and guitars that whisper in the background, all while Maynard sounds like he's in withdrawl. The song builds to a climax like a great suspense novel when the guitars kick in with a crunchy riff. Following the "novel" motif, the song then declines back into what it was in the beginning. All in all, a very quick 7 minute song.
"Pet," on the other hand jumps right in from the start with a 2-guitar riff: one low-end riff that sounds like it was written by Tony Iommi and the other guitar making this great accompanying wail. The verses and choruses have this soft-loud dynamic that is shared in "The Package" with the verses being very soft lulling you to sleep (like in the lyrics) and the chorus waking you back up like a punch in the face. All this, again, while Maynard sings about protecting someone from "the bogeyman" amongst other things.
But that's not the whole album, as evidenced by other reviews.
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I was reading some of the reviews and can't see how anyone could hate this album. It is completely different then Mer de Noms, but has a more mature sound. Simliar to the sound of Tool's "Lateralus", but with a much more beautiful feel.
The Package 12/10 It is the best song on the album. It starts of really slow, but once it gets with it it is extremely powerful.
Weak and Powerless 9.5/10 I really didn't care for it at first, but it has really grown on me.
The Noose 8/10 Good song, but nothing special.
Blue 9/10 Takes some getting use to, but once you do it is a very beautiful song.
Vanshing 8/10 Another good song.
A Stranger 8.5/10 It is a great song.
The Outsider 9/10 Second single from cd and a excelent song too.
Crimes 2/10 Annoying, you will click the next button on this.
The Nurse Who Loved Me 9/10 Great song while many won't like it. It is a great drinking song.
Pet 10/10 This song was my original favorite on the cd before I got use to "The Package".
Lullaby 7/10 Maynard son sings this sweet segway song. My only wish is that it was more upbeat.
Gravity 9/10 Hated this song at first, but it is one of those songs that sticks in your head and you can't get it out. It grow on me and I love it now.
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Format: Audio CD
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.
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