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Undertow [Import]

Tool Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (308 customer reviews)
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1. Intolerance
2. Prison Sex
3. Sober
4. Bottom
5. Crawl Away
6. Swamp Song
7. Undertow
8. 4 Degrees
9. Flood
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Arguably their finest album, this follow-up to Opiate showcases Tool at their best, assisted by clean, crisp production, without the muddiness of Aenima. Edgy guitar riffs are complemented by spitting, heavy bass, especially on "Sober" and "Crawl Away". Lyrically, Tool are at their vitriolic best, targeting religious hypocrisy ("Intolerance," "Sober"; always a popular theme), the loss of innocence and its consequences ("Prison Sex"), and deliberate ignorance ("Swamp Song"). Henry Rollins makes a guest appearance on "Bottom," which, along with "4 Degrees," deals with questions of identity. Undertow is also Tool's most musically adventurous album, lacking the occasionally numbing sameness of Aenima, and with considerably more sophistication than their previous work. Very highly recommended. --Genevieve Williams

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Arguably their finest album, this follow-up to Opiate showcases Tool at their best, assisted by clean, crisp production, without the muddiness of Aenima. Edgy guitar riffs are complemented by spitting, heavy bass, especially on "Sober" and "Crawl Away". Lyrically, Tool are at their vitriolic best, targeting religious hypocrisy ("Intolerance," "Sober"; always a popular theme), the loss of innocence and its consequences ("Prison Sex"), and deliberate ignorance ("Swamp Song"). Henry Rollins makes a guest appearance on "Bottom," which, along with "4 Degrees," deals with questions of identity. Undertow is also Tool's most musically adventurous album, lacking the occasionally numbing sameness of Aenima, and with considerably more sophistication than their previous work.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
If you are new to Tool, this is a good place to start.
Tool's music is often about deep underlaying themes not appreciated by the casual listener; hence, 'Undertow' wins the versatility award among Tool albums, being (sorry for the term) "radio-friendly" enough for most people, yet deep enough to please a seasoned Tool listener.
While overfamiliarity may cause you to skip 'Sober' (thanks again, damn radio. still a good song though), 'Undertow' is full of powerful, rythmic, yet artistic songs that are both emotionally and lyically impressive (dispite Maynard's over-reliance on dropping the F-bomb every six seconds).

Once you listen to 'Undertow' from begining to end, you will also be stunned by the talent of the band: Maynard's soft-and-beautiful-yet-suddenly-powerful-and-teriffying voice is recognizable and fantastic, Danny's drumming is simply awe-inspiring and technically baffling, Adam proves that there is more to great guitar than jerk-off solos by showing creative riffs and effect placement, and Paul (no longer with the band) ties it all together with solid, driving bass lines.
Everything from the artwork to the hidden track(s) is dark, disturbing, and delicious.
So what it all comes down to is this: get 'Undertow'; and if I'm right, you'll like it. And then, if you want to dig deeper, go to 'Ænima' and then 'Lateralus'.
-Analys.
P.S.: You can skip 'Opiate' unless you are a Tool buff who wants to hear the budding days of this incredible band.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Undertow 2LP July 19 2012
By Dave M
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
The album is awesome, and the records were very heavy/sturdy. I just wish there was more to it then just the two records. There's no insert or poster or anything, just two records in two sleeves. Still worth getting in my opinion!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tool-undertow Feb. 20 2004
By ghod
Format:Audio CD
Lets work with what we have. The most obvious truth and fact is that Tool is a very well composed band who is goes above the status of music. We expect to be entertained by a cd even maybe relate to it in some sort of way but tool actually moves you. It gets to you and you some how are emotionally involved in this state of art. It may take someone a day to let the message of the music sink in; to others it might take a week however long it takes you, it's worth it! Undertow was and still is an awesome cd that I believe everyone show purchase. Any being can learn a thing or two from pain and failures. UNDERTOW is a great cd I advise everyone to buy it. Although, tool is not for everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites May 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album is pinacle of progressive metal in the states. it's got a vibe to it that continues throughout the entire album. Although, that exact characteristic can make it seem repetative; but don't get me wrong. This album is anything but boring. The bass in my opinion is beyond any bass I've ever heard. It's extremely heavy and intense. I think if you like that trait alone you should pick up this album. Although, the good aspects of this album are endless.
For one, the lyrics. Although weak at parts they are angry and pure, so if you don't like that this album may not be for you. Songs like the swamp song and intolerance truly extend the full meaning of my point. With the lyrics, comes an odd spin of a industrial rock style to the singing that i think maynard james keenan makes the best of. It's kind of like that guy from third eye and trent reznor mixed together (i know, makes no sense). Although, hes got a voice inseparable to his style and i believe that the important part. However, if the voice doesn't do it for you this album won't, so if you haven't already check the samples above.
The drums are a grand display as well. Although not demonstrated to their fullest i think the overall feel of it was amazing. If, you'd like faster drums and love tool than get lateralus instead, but if well measured and steady drums are you're style then this is right up your alley. In addition, the drums and the bass match beautifully and i think any hard rock fan would agree after hearing this.
Finally, the guitars and the overall sound of the album. The sound and the guitars connect alot and thats why i mention this. The guitar have a creepy quiet ring to it until the chorus usually comes out. Then, the progressive metal begins. Ingenious in all it's simplicity. I loved it in other words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid May 1 2004
Format:Audio CD
Most people whine that Tool songs are too long, or too deep. Well, what about Undertow, most people know Lateralus and Aenema (my favourite), but what about Undertow. 4+ minute songs with the odd 6 to 7 minute. But best of all, it manages to create the dark, rampaging emotions the band are famous for.
As far as musicicianship is concerned Tool are not lacking Lateralus or Aenima, but the guitars sound very different on Undertow, they are more 'grungy' if you understand what I'm saying, not smooth but very gritty. The vocals are as good as ever from MJK, but slightly different, he sings les mellow and with more frustration than Lateralus, he seems to sound deeper and more grainy which makes Undertow unique.
Intolerance 8/10 - Good song, solid, maybe not a great opener but still good.
Prison Sex 9/10 - Dark, haunting lyrics which I think are about child abuse. Scary stuff!
Sober 10/10 - Ah, what perfection! Possibly Tool's finest 5 minutes. Amazing vocals by the master MJK, some nice anti reliogious lyrics aswell!
Bottom 10/10 - I think this song is underrated, maybe the first few minutes are weak but after Henry Rollins' talking the song explodes into a whirlwind of shouting and guitars. Best bit when Maynard is screaming 'dead inside' after the short interlude, great song.
Crawl Away 8/10 - Good song but becomes very repetitive, the guitar riff is dragged on.
Swamp Song 8/10 - Same as Crawl Away, weakest part of the album.
Undertow 10/10 - Great care-free, pumping rock song! 'Shut up!'
4 degrees 10/10 - Wacky intro, one of the best guitar riffs on the album. Great vocals and a powerful chorus make this song one of the highlites in Undertow.
Flood 8/10 - Long, 'grungy' intro. Sets the scene well for a dark rock song.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tool!
Great album if ya like tool. Was delivered on time. Nothing special about it, just the record and sleeve, no lyrics sheet or any extras. Read more
Published 5 months ago by josh wile
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I bought the vinyl version and it plays perfectly with no skips. Sounds great! This is a double vinyl album and its too bad they jammed both records into a regular album sleeve;... Read more
Published 15 months ago by B.Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Tool one of the best bands ever!!!
every tool album has a theme a meaning i think this one Undertow is all about facing your demons and trying to move on baring hardships and problems. Read more
Published 22 months ago by maxi
5.0 out of 5 stars Undertow
This is a great effin record. Sounds great on vinyl and is a must have for any Tool fan. Tool are one of those bands that sounds so good on vinyl, cd's don't sound the same at all. Read more
Published on Nov. 15 2011 by morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This Album From Tool
This Album Was Relesed At The Right Time In My Life.My Parents Split Up When This Record Was Relesed And It Is Like A Very Good Friend. Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2005 by "maynerd_apc_tool"
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Debuet EVER!
hands down.
every song is a 10
from Sober to Prison Sex to Crawl Away to Bottom to Undertow to Flood to Swamp Song to Intolerance to 4 Degrees and even the 15 minute... Read more
Published on June 27 2004 by Nicholas Richardson
3.0 out of 5 stars Looks like I have to go against the majority
There is no doubt that Tool's debut "Undertow" is a much better musical experience than most of what is out there today. Read more
Published on June 19 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars wow!!
not much more to say bu this cd is great maynard has such a great voice
song 69 is awsome
Published on June 12 2004 by peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Punishing the listener
A crushing blow from a powerful band, Undertow crystalizes the best of lyrics and guitar Tool has to offer. Read more
Published on June 4 2004 by Speak of the Devil
5.0 out of 5 stars Tool's Gateway to Perfection
Undertow was my second Tool CD. I bought it in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. I threw it into my CD player and started listening. Read more
Published on May 16 2004 by Negative Jim
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