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Opiate EP, Import


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 1 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP, Import
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00000098O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)

1. Sweat
2. Hush
3. Part Of Me
4. Cold And Ugly (Live)
5. Jerk-off (Live)
6. Opiate

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As the title of Tool's 1992 debut implies, they're none too impressed by religion, though other targets--fear ("Cold and Ugly"), hypocritical moralizing ("Jerk-Off"), nonconformity ("Hush")--get their time in the spotlight as well. Opiate is a collection of heavy, aggressive, cynical music (though the tail end of the title track sounds more like acid rock), packaged in songs noticeably shorter than on their later efforts (Undertow, 1993, and Aenima, 1996). While not as impressive as Undertow, arguably their finest effort, Opiate has a definite appeal.

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As the title of Tool's 1992 debut implies, they're none too impressed by religion, though other targets--fear ("Cold and Ugly"), hypocritical moralizing ("Jerk-Off"), nonconformity ("Hush")--get their time in the spotlight as well. Opiate is a collection of heavy, aggressive, cynical music (though the tail end of the title track sounds more like acid rock), packaged in songs noticeably shorter than on their later efforts (Undertow, 1993, and Aenima, 1996). While not as impressive as Undertow, arguably their finest effort, Opiate has a definite appeal. If ear-crunching riffs and enraged lyrics are what you go for, check this one out. --Genevieve Williams

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Nemean Lion Of Herculean Bitterness on June 1 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is, drearily, TooL's gravest underrated album. This was TooL's last album I delved into, repelled by its appearance of lesser professionalism regarding lower number of songs and their potentially shabby quality, because of live songs. After overriding Opiate for TooL's full-lengths, I revisited Opiate in mesmerization. The hooking lure that recalled me was Opiate's pure, untamed emotionality, Opiate's punishingly energetic, brimming pounding, and Maynard's propensity for nearly ungovernable seething-like imploding. Key in making me revisit Opiate were Maynard's vengeful lyrics, presented honestly, resembling letting down one's guard for everyone to examine one's human weaknesses. This rare feature is the addictiveness forcing appreciation of the mastery of Opiate more, as Maynard's lyrical bile adds greater freneticism to TooL's style of feral energy-release. Opiate, more than latter CDs, is the best example of effectively incorporating impenitent feelings in music and transmitting them intelligently, without resorting to the grossly cheap excuse broad cross-sections of rotten bands today misuse, like screaming with no adherence to the song's melody. I spurn ranking TooL's cds-because as abusively-dedicated, brainwashed TooL fans know, each CD is incomparable to others. I'll usurp some levity to declare Opiate better than Undertow. Before TooL edified me otherwise, I'd always considered stressful exhaustion of four-letter bombs base. I admire the four-letter words repeatedly in Opiate songs, because when you're irretrievably angry, F-bombs are the only words able to rationalize feelings. Plus, four-letter words extremely add to the songs' tumult.
Sweat represents the beginning of their comprehensive cumulativeness of songs whose origin or foundation is not easy to figure out.
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There are several reasons why 'Opiate' is an excellent EP. The key reason is the material in general. While lengthy, progressive tracks on 'AEnima' and 'Lateralus' seem to define the band's obvious (and somewhat underrated) genius for texture and reflection, 'Opiate' reminds us all that Tool CAN write a taut, muscular rock song that runs under 6 minutes. That's not to say that the tracks on this EP are stupid or simple. You need a brain to operate to this one, and there is plenty to chew over. There's a real disillusion towards humanity in a lot of the album's lyrics. There's just something about Maynard singing about anger and disgust that make them seem profound even in their simplicity. That's the definition of charisma. Maynard could sing the phone book and people would come in droves. He makes you want to listen. In retrospect, you can see the shape of the band begin to take form in tracks suck as 'Sweat,' and 'Opiate.' 'Hush' is a charming little ditty about censorship, with helpful suggestions from Maynard(...). While the band might not have hit their full creative stride until AEnima, the audible growing pains of their first release promised more in the future. And Tool delivered.
A second reason is the length. There is no filler on this EP. Six tracks and out (well, seven if you count 'The Gaping Lotus Experience,' which is the hidden track at the end of 'Opiate'). You can literally listen to the whole thing in a short car ride to the city or...wherever. I actually prefer the live tracks in most cases, mostly for the small background noises. Maynard's intro to 'Cold and Ugly,' (...) was a tongue-in-cheek reference to drummer Danny Carey's sometime band Green Jelly.
Every track on this EP delivers the goods. If you know who Tool are, then you have no excuse not to own this. If you're new, this may be a comfortable introduction to their music. Either way, it would be in your best interest to purchase.
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1992, the second year in the post 80's rock decade, with most people's attention focused on bands like Nirvana, and on the grunge genre. Tool came from nowhere, and released Opiate. Opiate is an EP, but it feels a lot like a demo. It has 2 live tracks, and a lot of heavy hard-hitting songs. Fortunately, this is a good demo. The CD might not be constructed to the levels of perfection found in Ænima or Lateralus, but all the songs are worth your time.
Sweat - Sweat is a nice start to Opiate. It's very simple compared to later works of Tool, but it has a good bass part, and the lyrics are pretty damn insightful, especially when compared to the grunge bands of 92'. It's good music, and fits nicely as an opener. 4.5/5
Hush - Hush is simply about censorship. The music is pretty simple, with the bass part doing a lot of work backed by some nice drum work, and the vocals are aggressive and angry. It's obvious that Tool is against the censorship of art. 4.5/5
Part Of Me - Excellent song! The drumming here is very good, and the vocals are nice, crisp, and very aggressive. This song was redone, live, for Salival. It's no surprise, since it's such a good song. 5/5
Cold And Ugly - This is live tool, back in the day. Tool sounds angry live, and that's about it. The drumming and bass is nice again, the guitar is also pretty good here. The focus seems to be the vocals. The sound quality is pretty good for a Live recording. 4/5
Jerk-Off - More live stuff, this song continues from Cold And Ugly. Again, Maynard sounds very angry when he sings it, and it has a nice level of aggression. The lyrics are very straightforward, and probably would be considered offensive to some. Great song. 5/5
Opiate - The closer of the CD is arguably the best song on the EP.
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