Another interesting aspect is the title. The "twelfth apostle" of Jesus Christ was Judas, the traitor. What all this means (and there have been many speculations) is impossible to know, but the title track definitely references religious imagery. "They say you’re the one to rely on all the days/ they say you died before/ and you’re smiling now/Well I would like to know you." But by song's end salvation has not been received, with the singer moaning "where are you going/come back again." Is this a man who cannot be "saved?" Hard to know, but an interesting twist.
Musically, this sounds similar to the last all-acoustic album by Jandek, Nine-Thirty. The songs are slow and mostly picked and the guitar is tuned to very dissonant sounds. One major change (that will show up again) is the use of the studio (4 Track?) to modify the guitar sounds. On "Whiskers," the second to last track, the pitch of the guitar is sped up and slowed down while Jandek sings over it. It's an odd effect, but it suits the curious song and provides some diversity to an album that is loaded with dark images - perhaps the morning after the out-of-control party of Lost Cause, when regrets are beginning to form.
-- Byron Coley Forced Exposure #18
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