|2. Prison Sex|
|5. Crawl Away|
|6. Swamp Song|
|8. 4 Degrees|
See all 69 tracks on this disc
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'.
P.S.: You can skip 'Opiate' unless you are a Tool buff who wants to hear the budding days of this incredible band.
1) Sober is THE Tool song 2) Once you get it, listen to Aenima and Lateralus. You'll be amazed at how Tool has grown in song writing.
"Undertow" is a solid album, god knows it's better than "Lateralus," and 3 stars IS a favorable rating. But "Aenima" will stay the definitive Tool Starter Album.
Tool's blend of amazing lyrics, musical talent and Maynard's vocals creates a sound that is somber and wicked, disturbing and powerful. The first single, "Sober", hooked a lot of people who were turned off by or intimidated by the rest of the album. The rest of us were drawn like moths to a flame, because every song on this record is compelling and thought-provoking. "Prison Sex" is as disturbing as the title suggests, calling up very dark images that made for a chilling video (even though they didn't deal directly with the title act). "Sober," actually, was not my favorite song on the album. It's a great song, but lacks the buildup and emotional crescendo of "Flood", nor is it equal to the dark brooding on "Bottom" (guest vocal by Henry Rollins).
"Intolerance" is an excellent opening shot, with Maynard spitting angrily at lying, greed and hipocrisy, while "Undertow" resonates with vocal beauty and lyrical artistry. "Disgustipated" is an amazing allegory on human suffering and the horrors man visits upon his brethren. This song inspired me to do an art project with my girlfriend.
I don't get all the comparisons to Korn. I like Korn a lot, but I think they bring a more visceral punch, while Tool will lull you to sleep at the same time they give you nightmares. Undertow is full of originality and depth... do not pass it by.
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
song 69 is awsome