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The Return of the Mighty Tool,
This review is from: 10,000 Days (Audio CD)
On the surface, "10,000 Days" may appear to be a bit of a phoned-in effort. Even its title reeks of recent radio-rock banality. Is this a Disturbed record? 3 Doors Down? Take a peek inside, however, and you'll find an album that twists and turns in unexpected ways and pushes Tool's sound to the next level. Taken individually, the songs may sound like your typical Tool affair, but thrown into the context of the album and sequenced just right reveals a true brilliance that is rare this day in age.
Since 2001's "Lateralus," the five members that make up Tool have grown stronger, sounding perhaps more cohesive than ever before. Guitarist Adam Jones steps up his game in a big way, delivering intoxicating yet complex riffs in the form of "Rosetta Stoned" and the lead-off single, "Vicarious." "Jambi" is truly his shining moment, as he busts out the talk-box for a very un-Tool-ish solo that somehow fits perfectly. The rhythm section of Danny Carey and Justin Chancellor is just as tough as ever, providing the constant energy and time shifts that the band has become known for while frontman Maynard James Keenan remains forever the oddball. His vocals are in top form, but his lyrics seem more cynical than ever and at times, completely alien (see the previously mentioned "Rosetta Stoned"). Together, the band brings a dynamic and multi-layered package that ensures a payoff upon repeat listenings.
Now, is this the best album Tool has to offer? Hardly. Surely, the band have more expansive and grandoise efforts to offer, but what "10,000 Days" does is deliver a perfectly well-rounded and dense experience unlike any other. Give it time, take it in and resist the urge to complain. Even if 10,000 Days pass between Tool albums, it will always be worth the wait.
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Initial post: May 22, 2007 11:04:02 AM PDT
C. Fuller says:
"Cheap artwork"?!!! Are you crazy? The art on this album is amazing! (It won the grammy for best album design, but grammys dont mean much) The 3-D inside art is the most amazing I have ever seen on an album. But i cant fault your review too much because at least you gave it 5 stars, even though i loved it from the beginning (maybe you weren't stoned enough the first time)
In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2007 3:29:27 PM PDT
Well, to be honest, when I wrote this review, I hadn't picked up the physical album, listening to an advance copy and just went by what I saw for artwork online. Really a foot in the mouth situation that I can't do much about, but thanks for not ripping into me too hard...!
Posted on Aug 10, 2007 1:20:10 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 10, 2007 1:20:24 AM PDT
Tool is not a band that grows on you, but rather, you must grow into them. This album is no different. They always seem to be a few steps ahead of their audience at the time, which explains why each album takes time to click.
Posted on Jan 5, 2008 7:21:48 PM PST
Beatrice Blue says:
10,000 Days a generic title? Wow. It refers to the length of time Maynard's mother's, Judith Marie, suffered, after having a stroke that left her partially paralyzed when he was very young. The length of time between the paralysis and her death was 27 years, or approximately 10,000 days. Don't think you can get much more personal, IMHO.
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