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Nearly the perfect album,
This review is from: Thirteenth Step (Audio CD)
This album is fantastic, period. There is a huge variation in between all the tracks on the album, right from the first engaging drum beats of 'The Package' to the the floaty drumming through "Gravity", achieved as much through the tempo and stylings of each song as the range of instruments and the sounds these instruments are used to create. Yet despite this there is a wonderful cohesive feel between each song, even as the gentle flowing 'The Nurse Who Loved Me' driftings into the heavy and harsh 'Pet' you never feel like there is a break in the albums message. They flow beautifully from one to the other and the themes following on perfectly, probably the work of the meticulous planning that no doubt went into the albums production. Then layered on top of the beautifully crafted melodies is possibly the best singing voice I've ever heard, telling you a story about the stages of a persons drug addictions. Well, it is in APC, I'm not so fond of Tool.
However, because of the story-like nature of the album a few problems arrise. The tracks 'Crimes' and 'Lullaby' are little more than interlude tracks, which is fine when you listen through the entire album, but as tracks they are disappointing and I tend to skip them most of the time. The track 'The Nurse Who Loved Me' is a full song but suffers from the same problem, I find that there's not enough there to keep me entertained. However, if you like clever, melodious and mature rock/metal music then definitely check this album out, it is (almost) perfect.