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Reaffirms the arrogance of Tool fans,
This review is from: 10,000 Days (Audio CD)
As everyone knows, this album was leaked about two weeks ago. I, like most others, am a simple, simple human, and thus lacked the fortitude to wait the extra two weeks.
But I made up for it by buying two copies of this amazing production.
Tool fans often get ragged on for being very high-strung and arrogant about being a Tool fan. There is some truth to this.
But after opening this CD package up and looking at the art, as well as digesting the astonishing production and technique that this band exhibits, and reeling over the emotional landscape they cover, I can honestly say that there has not been an album like this ever made, which ever way you look at it.
Tool is a constantly innovative and progressive band; none of their CDs sound alike. This CD almost seeks to violate every assumption someone has about what makes something "epic". The two-parter about Maynard's mother occurs on tracks 3 and 4, and the end of the album is a 5 minute non-song.
But once you really sit down and listen to it, this album is quite simply Tool singing the blues. I can picture the singer sitting on a Mississippi bayou writing the lyrics to this. There are so many allusions to Christian mythology in an attempt to convey very simple human emotions. The songs about drug use in the middle of the album seem to suggest the way we deal with tragedy and loss.
This is NOT Lateralus, both sonically and thematically. The band shows such a progressive landscape, and whereas Lateralus emphasized Danny drums and Maynard's vocal, 10,000 Days showcases Adam's guitar and Justin's unbelievable bass playing. He really has to be heard to be believed; get a good sound system for this CD.
Thematically, this album goes in the opposite direction. Where Lateralus ended celebrating the potential unity of humanity ("we are all one mind"), this album ends with a song about humanity's dark side, aptly titled "Right in Two".
If the artistic direction for the CD package doesn't win an award, then there is no taste left in the music industry. I will simply say that Alex Gray and Tool have changed the way I'll evaluate "liner notes" completely.
The entire spectacle of this CD has completely affirmed my "arrogance" at being a Tool fan, and I'm proud to say it! Go buy this CD. Now. You will not f*cking regret it.