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4.0 out of 5 stars Why Tool is either loved or hated... my humble opinion., June 24, 2003
This review is from: Aenima (Audio CD)
I looked through a great number of the reviews that there are for this album, and I honestly read the bad reviews more often than the good ones, because I want to see what those few people disliked about Ćnima. Very few of them give any reason for disliking it. Those that do, I give you credit for at least taking the time to think it through. I do understand why some of you do not like this album. I have pictures in my head of telling my brother, whom is much older than me and grew up listening to Lynyrd Skynyrd and Leon Russell, to pick this up and give it a listen. He would probably hate it and not listen to more than a few minutes. That is simply a matter of what you listen to and what your ears can stand. I have heard on radio news that we are making captured terrorist types listen to Metallica and Megadeth as a form of torture. I can't understand this... (Unless they are referring to Load, Reload or Megadeth's last couple of albums.{Obviously torture for anyone}) I can think of nothing that I'd like better than to listen to Ride The Lightning and So Far, So Good... So What back to back, except listening to Tool.
I actually was going to give the album 5 stars, but I figure that the lack of a star might get this read more. I justify this by saying that if Undertow is my favorite Tool album, which it is, and it would be my standard for 5 stars, Ćnima can be 4. Also, -(ions) starts to make me batty if I listen to it all the way through. We'll just say, I give this album a low 5 stars. ;)
So, I'll conclude this by saying, if you are a huge U2, or Bruce Springsteen fan, you might not like this. If you are into Cher or Mariah Carrey, you might wanna let this slide by. On the other hand, if you like heavy, blistering, scathing music that might shock you on your first listening, you might wanna give this a try... And hey, if you like lighter stuff, you might wanna start with Lateralus. (It's the lighter side of Tool, I'd say, but don't expect the Partridge Family.) A Perfect Circle might be a good intro to Maynard's vocal style too, but remember that they aren't really Tool. They're good though.
I hope this made things clearer for a few people. I'll conclude by saying that I've made some generalizations about people that like certain kinds of music and I mean you no ill will. You are certainly permitted to like what you wish, however, I'd say that everyone, even those that I discluded before might wanna try giving this album a few listens, just in case your tastes are improving. (Sorry, had to get that jibe in there.) I know many people whom hated many of the Beatles albums when they came out, only to end up loving them. Same with Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and a few other of the greats. This is bound to happen when a band is inventing the genre that they are playing in. Thanks for reading my ranting!
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