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After five long years, the new studio album from Tool is ready. Are you? With just one EP and three album releases over a 15 year span, Tool has created a loyal and even rabid fan base, selling over 10 million albums and half a million videos in the U.S. alone. The first track from Tool's highly anticipated new release will impact the world in April with the album release on May 2nd.
With a majority of the songs on 10,000 Days clocking in well past the seven-minute mark, you wouldn't be entirely mistaken in thinking that the title of the album refers to how long it actually takes to make it through the whole thing. Two of the tracks--the sitar and tabla enhanced "10,000 Days (Wings Part 2)" and its suitably epic psych-rock sister "Rosetta Stoned"--even linger on for nearly a dozen leisurely minutes each. That's delightful news for the legion of Tool fans that have been waiting five years for the follow-up to 2001's Lateralus, which debuted at number one and sold 2.3 million copies in the United States. Singer Maynard James Keenan is back on mystical form after his hiatus with the politically slanted A Perfect Circle, sounding at once ethereal and eloquent as he calmly charges through the metal tempest of the opening track "Vicarious." The rest of the band, meanwhile, hits a series of high-flying moments with tracks such as "Jambi" and "The Pot." When Tool sounds as good as it does on these songs it's hard to get enough. Which makes it all the more baffling that a surprisingly large chunk of the disc is given over to mood-enhancing soundscapes like "Lost Keys" and "Vigniti Tres." Who has time for filler? --Aidin Vaziri
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Undertow came out in 93 and sounded like nothing else at that time. Then Tool disappeared. I was surprised when I found that they released a new album, Aenima. A true UFO. Something conceptual, far away from what could be heard from the rest of the crowd, again. At that point it seemed absolutely impossible for Tool to deliver something new, refreshing. But that's exactly what they did with Lateralus. UFO2. Better than aenima. Amazing...
So 5 years later where does Tool go? Did they push their concept one step forward? Is this one even better than Lateralus? Well the answer is perhaps yes and no at the same time. First of all, this is a wonderful, amazing album. Not something you can appreciate after one quick listen. Not something you can listen to while cooking or working on your computer. This album can give you a lot, but you need to give it attention and time. Nothing new actually, the same holds true for the 2 previous releases. I'm not sure I want to compare it to Lateralus and tell which one is the best. This wouldn't make any sense. What I should mention is that the recipe is pretty close to the one for Lateralus even though this album may be a bit easier to listen to. I don't mean commercial (even though they will sell hundreds of 1000s of this one as they did for their previous ones), just that it seems more straightforward, even though the structure of the songs is still quite ambitious and tortured...
How did they come to deliver songs like 10000days or Roseta stoned? who knows...
This is not important. They're back and no doubt you'll enjoy this one. If you don't know Tool yet, this album may be a good starter. But please don't panic, let it grow on you...
Pretty well done, definitely.Read more ›
The first track, 'Vicarious', hits the listener with a hard fast sound that becomes addicting the more it's listened to. It almost comes across as sadistic until you realize that Tool is attacking the media's lust for violence in a very clever round about way. "Eyes on the tv, this tragedy thrills me ... it's no fun 'til someone dies". This track paints the scene for the intelligent lyrics and messages Tool will throw at the listener throughout the rest of the album. 'The Pot' has a very different feel than anything else on this cd and - as has already been noted - one of the most interesting and alluring sounds. Smart lyrics and a quick pace, it's the same old Tool with an original sound. I found 'Jambi' incredibly appealing as well except for a minute-and-a-half long squealing guitar solo approximately four minutes into the song which took away from my listening experience.
The only other track that really stuck out was 'Roseta Stoned', which was one of my personal favorites. It's an absurd tale told by a man who has (apparently) been contacted by aliens. 'Lost Keys' leads up to it, following the conversation of a nurse and a doctor who find a man hugging himself in the examination room and not speaking to anyone.Read more ›
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The lack of consistency is really what holds this record from being as standing as Aenima or Lateralus, but nonetheless the tracks are too strong to give anything less that a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Toni
It took a 1/2 dozen listens to get into this cd, now it's my fav Tool cd. Also my 2nd copy.Published 8 months ago by Steve W
Tool is an awesome band lead by vocalist Maynard James Keenan. He is also the vocalist for 2 other great bands, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer. I highly recommend them all.Published 22 months ago by Danielle Ries
So the product isn't as I remember back in the day but it is still great quality. I can see that the plastic papery material will certainly wear out over time.Published on Jan. 25 2014 by Micheal Boudreault
Tool has impressed me with all of its releases, and 10,000 days is no exception. From straight forward rock ("the pot") to atmospheric brilliance (Wings for Marie), Tool continues... Read morePublished on Aug. 24 2007 by thepresence