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Arguably their finest album, this follow-up to Opiate showcases Tool at their best, assisted by clean, crisp production, without the muddiness of Aenima. Edgy guitar riffs are complemented by spitting, heavy bass, especial... more »
Arguably their finest album, this follow-up to Opiate showcases Tool at their best, assisted by clean, crisp production, without the muddiness of Aenima. Edgy guitar riffs are complemented by spitting, heavy bass, especially on "Sober" and "Crawl Away". Lyrically, Tool are at their vitriolic best, targeting religious hypocrisy ("Intolerance," "Sober"; always a popular theme), the loss of innocence and its consequences ("Prison Sex"), and deliberate ignorance ("Swamp Song"). Henry Rollins makes a guest appearance on "Bottom," which, along with "4 Degrees," deals with questions of identity. Undertow is also Tool's most musically adventurous album, lacking the occasionally numbing sameness of Aenima, and with considerably more sophistication than their previous work. Very highly recommended. --Genevieve Williams
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B. Jason O. (panicBoy) from MANCHESTER, NH
Reviewed on 4/20/2007...
The full-debut from Maynard et al, you know, before they got proggier-than-thou. Were you one of the few who found the picture underneath the tray?
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Serious, Powerful, Intense and Insightful
Diane Mcgough | Lake Oswego, OR | 04/04/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Tool formed in Los Angeles in the early '90's and in a very short amount of time got a record deal with Zoo Entertainment. They released an EP then this full-length "Undertow". They achieved great success as soon as their single "Sober" hit the air waves and nu-metal/progressive rock fans ate Tool up QUICKLY.
Singer Maynard James Keenan writes serious, powerful, intense, insightful lyrics and that, put with Danny Carey's bruising drumming riffs and Adam Jones's grinding ultra-loud bass riffs, sets "Undertow" as one of the best albums of the decade. The songs are long at times and in a way go off into their own world, but that's one side people love about Tool. They set the standard high and are known for doing things their own way and in their own time. They have much voice in the production, so it's done on Tool's time and sense."