A Perfect Circle: Thirteenth Step*Thirteenth Step*
I've decided to start giving myself breaks in the middle of discographies at times, but this one went on for a little longer than I meant it to. Regardless, I'm back.
This has a little bit of a different feel to it than Mer De Noms
: Not necessarily any darker
on the whole, just with a little bit more emphasis on the moodier elements of the first album. Aside from some lineup changes and not wanting to repeat themselves, the fact that this is something of a concept album about addiction is probably related (even the cover song, Failure's "The Nurse Who Loved Me" fits the theme). It actually opens with their most Tool-esque
track yet, the 7 minute "The Package", but even there the heaviest part is very slowly built up to - distorted guitars don't show up until four minutes into it.
As a result, this album generally feels a bit more cohesive: Mer De Noms
had it's heavier tracks and it's softer ones, whereas here those two sides feel more integrated. Even it's heaviest tracks ("The Package", "Pet", "The Outsider") at least have more sedate moments for contrast. It generally feels a bit more Alternative Metal
on the whole, but there are still experimental moments as there were on Mer De Noms
. The most surprising of these is "The Nurse Who Loved Me", which gets an appropriately woozy, psychedelic pop treatment, but there's also the mostly instrumental "Crimes" and "Lullaby", the latter of which feels like an extended Last Note Nightmare
ending to "Pet". Overall Mer De Noms
might have more high points, but this is the album I'd direct someone to if they wanted to know what APC sounded like.
The Package, Blue, The Outsider