Thirteenth Step

A Perfect Circle - Thirteenth Step
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Based on 6 reviews
2003 Ratings: #171 / 293
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Based on 126 ratings
2003 Ratings: #86
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The Thirteenth Step is the sound of a musical and lyrical maturity that normally doesn't occur until a band's third or fourth albums. Lyrically, musically, sonically, the Thirteenth Step is proof positive that mainstream rock has plenty of life and vision left in it.

Drowned in Sound

Hit or miss, this is some of the most engaging, and unconventional music you’ll hear from a major label band this year.

Coke Machine Glow

Put simply? Maynard still sounds great, the music still conveys the mood it was written to convey and fans of Tool/_Mer de Noms_ will most likely enjoy what they hear when the album starts playing.


Thirteenth Step is a spastic album, with moments of brilliance followed by moments of ineptitude, repetitiveness, and Maynard's typical fault of being overambitious.

Rolling Stone

A vague concept album about recovering from recovery or something, Thirteenth Step doesn't bludgeon listeners into submission -- it lulls them with droning guitars, dub-deep bass and simmering vocals.


This is by far the best thing to come out of A Perfect Circle. This album can even rival some of what Tool has released.

Instrumentally and vocally, the group give this their all. None of that generic sounding alt rock which I complained about in Mer De Noms is present here. Correction: there was actually one song on here that did have a pretty generic sound, but it ended up being a cover, so I forgive it. This album had very few duds and was extremely consistent, and the themes it explores is ... read more


"Thirteenth Step" is pretty underrated, in my opinion, and it's my favorite APC album. On top of the great guitar work and vocal performances, the themes of addiction are very consistent and the writing is top-notch! The last leg isn't as great at the rest of the record, but it's still friggin' awesome overall!

Fav Tracks: The Noose, The Package, Weak And Powerless, The Outsider, Blue, Pet, Vanishing, Gravity

Least Fav Track: Lullaby





The drug-addiction theme to this is really well executed. From feelings of desire and desperation as conveyed in The Package, to feelings of hopeless addiction and isolation as conveyed in the very powerful A Stranger. The album also ends greatly with gravity, which is about the recovery after hitting rock bottom. The Outsider hits really hard. The Nurse Who Loved me is a really weird distraction from the album where Maynard talks about someone's crush on a nurse at a hospital. I have also got ... read more


It's just Tool for people who liked Tool.


This album is so damn underrated. I remember watching a channel called Rocked and their series "all time favorites" and this was the first episode. I got introduced to many albums, like Frances the Mute and Relationship of Command and I sometimes mistake these albums because I watched those videos a lot because I kept forgetting to listen to these albums. A Perfect Circle is a side project by Tool front-man Maynard James Keenan. A Perfect Circle goes in a more alternative rock and art ... read more

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Track List

  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
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Added on: December 31, 2012