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Undertow [Clean]

ToolAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (457 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 6, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Clean
  • Label: Volcano
  • ASIN: B00000IL31
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (457 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,762 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intolerance
2. Prison Sex
3. Sober
4. Bottom
5. Crawl Away
6. Swamp Song
7. Undertow
8. 4°
9. Flood
10. Disgustipated
11. Unknown
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93 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pull me under. February 2, 2002
Format:Audio CD
As a progressive rock fan who entered Tool's world with Lateralus, I've been collecting their albums in reverse order. It's pretty strange going from Lateralus (their most progressive) to Opiate (their "simplest"). It must have been very interesting for fans who started at the beginning and watched this remarkable band grow into the powerhouses they are now.
At face value, Undertow seems simple and heavy, pulled down because of a muddy mix that never seems to raise the guitars above a buzz or Maynard James Keenan's voice to the heights where it should soar. It's more song-oriented than the multifaceted epics of Lateralus and even ::whoa!:: catchy at times. I love the rapid, quick-fingered picking of the infectious main riff for "Bottom". Heavy stuff can have hooks too, right?
At face value...
Undertow, however, is a pretty rich heavy metal album. Only traces of the alternative/grunge sound hover around Undertow's edges -- mainly the production style and some of the riffs. But in most respects, this is very much a metal record. Intellectually, however, Tool steps well beyond most metal bands with innovative musical intricacies and astute lyrics. Keenan is one of the most powerful vocalists in rock/metal, and his delivery is perfectly dramatic on songs like "Sober" (with its powerful ending) and "Crawl Away", where he whispers and roars. Adam Jones is a very unique guitarist, not playing conventional solos, and usually basing his playing on just a few chords per song. However, Tool is more about band interplay than individual playing: Danny Carey's exact and meticulous drumming; Paul d'Amour's gritty, growling bass; Jones' scratching guitar sounds, silent nuance, or earsplitting power chords. The title track is the most dynamic musically, with clever riffs and awesome vocals.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, touching, and chilling CD December 14, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Tool is amazing. They write complex, emotional music, never sound corny, and they can flat-out run a chill down your spine. This particular album is more of a straight rock approach to their brand of music, as opposed to the heavy distortion of Ćnima. It's tough to comapre the two albums because of this difference, but one thing I can pick out is that I like the bass better on Undertow. It is used to great effect; one example of this is on "Intolerence", where the bass keeps the flow of the song together, allowing the guitar to play more complicated and varied riffs. The vocals by Keenan are simply astounding : he can sing soft and beautifully, and conversely go all out and yell. During all of the yelling, however, he never sounds untalented; he is able to keep the high quality of his voice. That's very rare to find these days. And last but certainly not least, Danny Carey's heart-pounding drums are able to pick a song up from a slow melody to all out rage and then slow it back down again. If they continue on the path that Undertow and Ćnima have beaten out for them, their new album (which is rumored to have been in production since October '99) will be something special indeed.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent chronicle of Tool's early career May 7, 2006
Format:Audio CD
There is no common opinion on what is the best Tool album. Some will say they got better with each release, while some others think their first two releases, Opiate and Undertow, are better and more musical. Without getting into this debate, I'll kindly suggest, if you've never heard Tool before, start right here, with their first full-length release, Undertow (their debut Opiate is an EP).

The songs on Undertow are all significantly more simple and direct than their work on Aenima and Lateralus; it could be argued that the band hadn't matured fully while they were writing these songs yet, but still, for a 1993 release, Undertow is one of the most innovative discs ever, given how the scene was littered with a million grunge bands at the time. This is not to say Tool has no alternative elements in their music though. The second track of the album actually sees vocalist Maynard Keenan opting for a slightly grunge-styled delivery with great results. However, aside from that, "Prison Sex" is an ultimately adventurous piece and easily transcends the boundaries of grunge. Pairing a gritty bass motif with immensely powerful drum fills, the song also contains a dynamic guitar theme that soars above this combination, climaxing at the final second, suggesting there is not a single overplayed note on it.

Actually, Undertow, as every other Tool album, immediately impacts the listener with its solid rhythmic angle, the amazing Danny Carey on drums and Paul D'Amour on bass (now replaced by Justin Chancellor).
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My reluctant favorite of the quartet. February 25, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
As a long-time fan of the band, I've chosen to spotlight this album in an Amazon review. I've seen Tool seven times live, once at Lollapalooza, once at Ozzfest and the rest at their own shows. Undertow is undoubtedly the most powerful, thought-provoking album these guys have assembled, but I would also prescribe any other of their masterpieces. Maynard's voice is an instrument, a vehicle, that takes the listener to dark places. He is the tragic king of his own world, and he makes you feel like he's been through something the rest of us only have nightmares about. The lyrics make you dig into yourself, introspect, realize what's there and what isn't and should be. Danny Carey's percussion lines provide powerful punctuation to Adam Jones' amazing guitar riffs and Paul D'amour's (now replaced by Justin Chancellor's) bass beats. The bass, in this album and Aenima particularly, is the engine of the music. The pure genius of Adam Jones, the brain child of this band, is recognizeable in any of their videos or songs. Rarely does one find a band that speaks to listeners like Tool. One of their most powerful messages is that through introspection, you realize your true potential in what you do and who you are-- so don't be a sheep. Don't follow the crowd, or take things for granted. No one told you to come. This is necessary; life feeds on life. If you can't get the messages, can't appreciate the music for what it is, don't get this album or any of their others. If you are open-minded and you can read between the lines, listen to Tool.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good band
not a big Tool fan, but a pretty good CD
Published 10 days ago by Christopher Aadnesen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great album
Published 14 days ago by Wilson E Segura
5.0 out of 5 stars none
my wife got me this for christmas and let me tell you i loved it..was really great..one of my favorites
Published 26 days ago by Theodore M. Bastida
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album!
Solid album..probably Tool's best. Lots of hard/nasty.grinding songs to make my ears happy!
I would definitely recommend this album to anyone!
Published 28 days ago by KCB
5.0 out of 5 stars If I have to give you a reason to like this album, you obviously dont...
One of the greatest albums of all time. Tool- Undertow. Prison Sex, Sober, four degrees, its all good. Ordered this CD, good price, arrived three days later. Read more
Published 1 month ago by David Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album, PITA to listen to, though!
I don't know why they are pressing double records for most releases these days when all the songs could fit on one. I don't want to have to switch the record every 3 songs! Read more
Published 1 month ago by sodamnscott
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
Listened to this in high school but lost the discs a long time ago, and I couldn't find the digital copies anywhere on iTunes. I absolutely love Tool.
Published 1 month ago by Sharene
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite Bands
The second tape of Tool I had back when they first debuted Sober. A great band have all their CDs now and also still have that tape a bought so long ago.
Published 2 months ago by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy
Great CD. I am so thankful that Amazon still carries this CD by tool. It is hard to find other wise. And it was not on iT were I buy a lot of music. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. Carrico
5.0 out of 5 stars TOOL
hard to pick a favorite album from them as they're all good in their separate ways, but this one is definitely one of their heavy hitters. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nathaniel J. Claflin
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