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5.0 out of 5 stars The best album created in my lifetime, August 15, 2006
This review is from: Lateralus (Audio CD)
It's hard to write about something that I can barely understand, which is why I've waited 5 years to write a review of this album, and I figure that with the release of the latest album the time has come.

This is the best album I've ever heard. Hands down. For me, this beats Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin, the Doors, Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins...all of them. Every band that has open my eyes and kept me going through my day. None of them have meant as much.

I guess everything started with the video for Sober (from Undertow), a video rarely seen on MTV but never failed to entice me. The album was a dark and muddy rock record with undercurrents of religious contempt, intellegence, and even a sense of humor. I liked that album, but at that point I was busy listening to grunge.

By the time Aenima hit, I had left grunge for industrial and metal. The first time my friends played Stinkfist for me, I was a fan. The songs were perfect, controlled and thoughtful. Their sound had progressed from a sludge to a sharp crystal. The edges would cut, yet the sides were smooth and breathtaking. To take upon a Pink Floyd comparison, Aenima was Tool's Dark Side.

After years of waiting and wondering if the band could ever top their perfection (and also fearing whether A Perfect Circle had taken precedence for Maynard), Tool released Lateralus. The crystal was now a bright light and even more, it was alive. The songs were organic, creeping into each other. I found the album hypnotic, better than any drug I had ever taken. The band leaned further into the melody that had been introduced on Aenima, and this became their strength. For me, the album is divided into segments, not mere songs.

The first contains The Grudge through Schism, a shocking collection that pulls the listener into the album.

Then Parabol/Parabola the centerpiece that shines into the eyes, blinding me from the world.

Ticks and Leeches stand on its own as a reminder of Tool's older sound, a heavy song full of venom.

The heart of the album lies with Lateralus, Disposition, and Reflection. Each song weaves into the next and creates a hypnotic and pulsing chill that always runs down my spine. This is my favorite segment, and is truly the reason why I hold this above any other album.

The ending songs are filled with agitation and paranoia, bringing me out of my hypnotic state and returning me to a world full of fear.

I think I should also mention that my Pink Floyd comparison for this album is Wish You Were Here, my favorite Floyd album.

10,000 Days (Tool's latest album) I would compare to Animals, a decent and interesting album that lacks greatness.

Thanks for reading all of this even if you don't agree with me.
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Showing 1-3 of 3 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Feb 15, 2007 7:34:48 PM PST
Ilya Portnoy says:
keep listening to animals :) It's Floyd's best album. Keep listening to 10,000 days too.. you might just change your mind.

Posted on Aug 31, 2009 9:02:31 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 31, 2009 9:23:10 PM PDT
I enjoyed your comments, and the Pink Floyd analogies in particular (sorry, they're still the best band of all time though, and what about The Wall!)
I also think 10,000 days is slightly better than Lateralus (my main issue is that Maynard's actual singing of the lyrics - which are absolutely phenomenal and full of layers of meaning - on songs 1 & 3 is barely comprehensible). Such a shame - otherwise, it still deserves 5 stars, but somehow 10,000 days for me has a more refined and sophisticated feel to it (Wings for Marie parts 1 & 2, perfection!).
Check out The Mars Volta as well - all three bands are in a league of their own in the prog rock universe.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 18, 2009 12:22:12 PM PDT
I didn't include The Wall because Tool hasn't made a comparative album yet. And sorry, but I still havn't changed my mind on 10,000 Days.
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