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10,000 Days
10,000 Days
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Really Good, May 5, 2006
This review is from: 10,000 Days (Audio CD)
When I heard Vicarious, I thought hmm... kinda like Lateralus as an album... but it isn't.

Lateralus was very cerebral, songs were about very abstract concepts, the music was very repetitive and carefully jammy.

So how do we open up the new Tool cd? A song about how humans need to watch stuff go down in flames, with some vivid and direct imagery.

Next up, we have Jambi with its odd-time stomp and frightening (with headphones) talkbox solo, the topic of which is a testament to.... ?

Following the stomp, we pick up some insistently plodding songs where Maynard pours out his soul regarding his mother's death after suffering the affects of a stroke for roughly 10,000 days.

Abruptly, omgwtfbbq, is that Maynard singing? Yeah, it's Maynard singing the intro to The Pot. Wow, I can't believe he did that! Well, he did that song on the Underworld soundtrack so don't be so surprised. Anyway, this song is the next radio single or I'm going to eat my hat. A big tirade following Ticks and Leeches, and Opiate, it rocks hard and features a pretty trippy guitar solo... except it's a bass solo. Also, it's not really about pot. Surprise!

Lipan Conjuring is some weird stuff.

Lost Keys is this album's Parabol, a long intro with no words this time, save a dialogue between a badly-voice-acted nurse and an Aussie doctor regarding a patient who seems catatonic and freaked out.

Rosetta Stoned is why the patient's catatonic and freaked out. I wanted to write it down for all the world to see, but I forgot my pen. This is a somewhat startling and really, really, really awesome song. It's about drugs, but it also reminds me of a greek myth...

Intension was seemingly boring, but it's not. It's just not a hard rocker. Enjoy.

Right In Two is a great look at how silly humans can be, and ends up the album quite nice.

Viginti Tres is a weird pile of noise.

This album is really pretty awesome. That's a good way to describe it... awesome. Not awesome like, awesome dude, san dimas rules!! but more like, full of awe.

Finally, the stereoscopic packaging takes the weird lenticular graphics of Aenima and the Alex Gray eyeball-spiral-buddhist-dmt-acidtrip artwork of Lateralus and smashes them together in 3D photos of the band, signature Adam Jones artistic creepiness, and metaphysical trip-out graphics.

If you like tool and think this album completely sucks, I would be surprised. This album is Tool, as much as any of their other work, if not more.

Ghost Reveries
Ghost Reveries
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Porcupine Reveries?, March 28, 2006
This review is from: Ghost Reveries (Audio CD)
This title is an obvious mashup of Porcupine Tree and this album's title. Is that a bad thing? No.

Steve Wilson's atmospheric crunch is splattered all over this album, even turning Mikael Akerfeldt into a waxing poetic anxiously calm brit at times, but the stylistic collision is perfect.

"The Ghosts of Perdition" apes both PT and Tool, while leaving classic Opeth ebow and unusual harmonic twists. It sets the stage for the rest of the album.

"The Baying of the Hounds" devolves from heavy metal to what sounds like it will be a Damnation-esque moody folk-jazz doom rock piece, only to pick up a tremelo-laden electric piano that made me remember the "7th Guest" computer game sound track (!!)

"Reverie / Harlquin Forest" is another sprawling, pure Opeth track, this time taking the somber and atmospheric electric guitars to the next level with the recent influx of keyboards and Wilson's influence.

"Hours of Wealth" is easily the best song on the album, a stunning near-acapella ending with a jazz-blues guitar solo.

All in all, this is death metal for people who don't like death metal, goth metal for people who don't like goth metal, and progressive metal for someone who needs a little more metal than progressive.

On An Island
On An Island
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Mellow, March 19, 2006
This review is from: On An Island (Audio CD)
4 stars? I give this 4 stars because:

1) "On An Island" is a pink floyd song, even if it isn't.

2) "Pocket Full of Stones" is one of the most amazing mellow ballad songs I've heard in a while. It's somber yet not depressing somehow, even though it's classic 'place in this life' songwriting like DSOTM

3) "Take A Deep Breath" isn't very good.

4) Blue is good, except the whammy pedal is kind of distracting.

5) Listening to this album makes me want to float away on a cloud...

6) The repeated use of island / water imagery gets me inside, perhaps because I spent 20 summers on a small island in Lake Huron in northern Michigan and because it's a part of how I am...

7) "Red Sky at Night" has sax in it. Music today needs more saxophone.

Conclusion: If you want something mellow, laden with classic over-bent blues guitar from David Gilmour, without hard rock tinges and with some shocking Pink Floydisms (well, not really shocking), buy this album.

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