Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Tribute to Tool|
Third Eye Open: String Tribute to Tool
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Rock
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Jason Clements | MD, USA | 10/15/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I like all kinds of music, but Tool is my favorite band by far. When I heard of this string tribute, I pre-ordered it with high hopes. Well, after listening to it today, I think it's pretty good. It is a *very* good interpretation of Tool's songs (if you ask me), and it is a good listen. It certainly gives all the songs a new ring to them.However, I think they may have interpreted Tool's obscurity a little too closely in some cases. Sometimes it almost seems like the song is unbalanced. Additionally, some songs seem a bit choppy, but that again may be more of the interpretation.There's no doubt that the creators of Third Eye Open had a challenge, and while this album can be a little awkward at times, overall it is interesting and I'm sure one of those things that grows on you. I wouldn't recommend it to the typical metal-head who is looking for intense guitar riffs and tortured vocals, but if you enjoy the intellectual qualities of Tool's music and expressions, you may find Third Eye Open an entrancing listen, as it puts those intellectual qualities under a whole new light.Oh, and Aenema could have done without the "hey" sounds. :)"
Very interesting, but with little lasting appeal
eac666 | Plano, TX United States | 01/03/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is quite an interesting take on the music of Tool. These songs were never written for strings, but it seems they can be adapted at least somewhat well. And it's an honest effort, but it leaves a lot to be desired.The higher points of the CD include the tense and dramatic harmonies of "Sober" as well as the chaotic rendition of "Push It". Sometimes these songs seem to have been written with strings in mind (but who really knows; it's Tool).Unfortunately the album does have some shortcomings, the worst of which is the poor translation of Maynard's vocals to string. I understand that violin and voice are two different things, but it seems like most of the vocal dynamics that are so prevalent in Tool songs are lacking in these string-overs.Those looking for a new definition of Tool probably won't find it here. This is a very good idea, but it never seems to make it all the way off of the page. Worth listening to, but there's not enough present for it to steal the stage."
Jennifer Counts | Houston, TX United States | 10/23/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Tool is one of my favorite bands, so I decided I had to have this CD. I bought it primarily out of curiosity, wanting to see how Tool songs work as string arrangements. I think the musicians did a very good job interpreting Tool's music. The string arrangements give the songs a new feel. It brings a more melancholy note to some of the songs. The album has its awkward moments, but I think that is simply a problem of strings trying to duplicate a rock band--it doesn't always work as well as one might hope. However, these moments are far outweighed by the truly beautiful music that comprises the rest of the album. Tool's music is artistically strong enough that it translates well most of the time. I thought it a bit odd that they included "Ticks and Leeches", since that song is so percussion-dominated, but the arrangement was actually interesting, if for the most part unrecognizable. I would have like to see more from "Lateralus" on the CD, and maybe not so much from "Opiate", since the "Lateralus" work is more intellectually and musically complex than that from "Opiate". However, this is only a very minor gripe. On the whole, this album is a really interesting listen that has proven to be addictive."