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A Perfect Circle

Discussion in 'Music' started by BobSmith, Sep 13, 2003.

  1. BobSmith

    BobSmith Active Member

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    Really looking forward to the new album "thirteenth step". Everyone at my school thinks it will kick ass, but what do you expect from tool, marilyn manson, and smashing pumpkins members. What did everyone think of "mer de noms"?
     
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    Got it on order. Anxious to hear it when it's released. Hoping it's a worthy followup to Mer De Noms, but I'm doubting that I have much to worry about.
     
  3. Ryan_C

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    I am preordering it this afternoon along with the 3 Pearl Jam bootlegs being released Tuesday.

    From what a member over at DVD talk said about APC, he saw them live recently and said the new songs are a departure from the last album, somehow going "softer." He compared the difference to NIN's normal albums (old APC) and NIN's latest "The Fragile" (new APC). I believe that is what he said anyway. Either way, with Maynard's involvement, it will be good. My most anticipated release of the year.[​IMG]
     
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    I just got it yesterday from work and it's really quite good. Much like the last APC album but it stands on its own. One track "The Nurse Who Loved Me" is a little odd.... but I had a little laugh. Overall the album is somewhat softer than the last but if you're an APC fan, you'll like it.

    One unpleasent thing about the album is that it's Copy Controlled. It doesn't stop me from ripping it to MP3 at all or making a copy for use in my car's CD player. Try a little harder next time RIAA. [​IMG]
     
  5. Eric Peterson

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    Peter,

    Is the CD labeled as copy protected or how did you know about it? Are you using standard ripping software?

    This is one of my most wanted discs of the year, but if the RIAA is going to continue to play their stupid games, then I'll pass on it until a copy shows up at the local used shop. I refuse to pay for a CD that I can't use in all legal ways. I have no intention of copying for supplying to others, but I do have great use for ripping MP3s for my portable player, my car player, and for listening to at work.

    I was absolutely furious after buying the new Massive Attack album earlier in the year and finding out that it was protected. If it is not labeled, I will buy a copy and take it back.
     
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    Ive been looking forward to this one as well. Now hopefully they can finish up the tour and Maynard can get on the next Tool album [​IMG].
     
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    Yeah excellent album, nothing like Mer Do Noms really but I like the new sound. Production is absolutely excellent (as expected) and it's a more consistent album even though it was fairly rushed according to sources.

    Here is an interesting article about the extra material from the sessions possibly being released separately (without Maynard).

    http://canada.com/search/story.aspx?...e-1f5b74e2e743


    As for the copy protection, my CD is in the car but I am almost certain that copies distributed in North America are protection-free.

    EDIT: found some information at aperfectcircle.org

     
  9. Jason Perez

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    I really was not expecting APC to equal the majestic beauty of Mer De Noms, but in some ways, they have surpassed it with the Thirteenth Step. This album is amazingly deep, with excellent production values and thoughtful lyrics, and despite being "softer", I agree with Peter_A, in that it stands on its own.

    On another note, as a longtime musician, I listen to things very differently than the casual music fan does (not that there are too many of those around here), and let me tell you that the folks that mixed both APC records deserve every last penny of their salary. [​IMG] As such, you get to hear every nuance of the musical performances on this great album! I wholeheartedly recommend picking it up, especially at its current $10 price tag!!!

    I must say that I do miss Paz's violin work though. I thought it added a nice texture to some of the tracks on Mer De Noms and she probably would have done the same on the new album. If she had to leave the APC family, why the hell did it have to be for the now-defunct Zwan? [​IMG]
     
  10. Mark Murphy

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    I agree, this is another excellent effort by APC. This album is definitely "softer" than Mer De Noms, but I wouldn't go as far as to say that Mer De Noms was hard. Most people seem to expect APC to be Tool (I'm not accusing anyone here of that, just people I talk to). I was a little worried that Paz's departure would hurt the group but Twiggy has filled in nicely. I do, as Jason mentioned, miss her violin, however. I was just happy to walk into a Newbury Comics and buy a new CD. There is absolutely nothing good out there for new music.
     
  11. Mike Broadman

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    Aw man, just look at how excited you guys got me. I had and listened to Mer De Noms for a while, but I didn't really pay as much attention to it, always relegating it as "just a side project" in my mind. Yesterday I spun it again and it really hit me how cool it is.

    I wasn't planning on hitting the record store today, but now I may have to.

    Jason, great news about the audio. Nice to hear they didn't do the super-compression thing.
     
  12. Mark Murphy

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    Mark, myself and others have made this point many times, but I believe there is more great music out there now than there ever has been. It just takes a little bit (literally) of effort.
     
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    My favs so far (after having it for a day only)

    Track #1 - The Package
    Track #10 - Pet (catchiest riff I've heard in a long while)

    A steal for the introductory price of $9.98

    Anybody notice the low hz signals (bass) on this CD. Wow. I was knocking things off the wall at moderate volumes. 'Lullaby' especially and the opening to 'Package'
     
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    Has anyone heard any talk of a future release of this in high res/surround? I'd love to hear some APC in surround, as some of Mer De Noms already had faux surround effects, and it sounded quite surreal and suited the music very well.
     
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  18. Mark Murphy

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    Those bands are alright, although I prefer Stone Sour to Slipknot (all that screaming is too much) and I was a Korn fan until "Issues". Powerman 5K are good. As a matter of fact, Spider Mike is from the next town over from me and we have mutual friends (although I've never met him). I'm sorry if if I'm causing this thread to go in a different direction. My original thought was that I'm happy that APC is back because I can't take Bad Charlotte and New Found Crap anymore.
     
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  20. Mike Broadman

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    I don't know if you'd like the kind of stuff I like, Mike. I'm into stuff like Dream Theater and Opeth.

    My point was that I was able to find a whole sub-culture of music that moves me, none of which is mainstream. The same is true for punk and hip-hop.

    Speaking of Opeth, they released an all-mellow album and it was received quite well by fans.
     

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