Not bad, just needs beefed up a bit.
W. freeman | fairmont, wv | 05/12/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I liked Tool when they first came out with Undertow, then released there old first EP Opiate that had some good stuff on it. Back then they were more raw, and about riffs and complex music rather than progression and lots of soft sound, voices, and slow bass lines. I like some of the songs on this album but nothing is really exciting, it seems as though after Aenema they started taking some Valium or Xanax or something because they toned way down and lost a lot of energy. I'm all for some of there newer music if i wanna relax and fall asleep, but i like there days of being ticked off and telling people where to go etc.Hopefully the next album will have more energy and lose the ambient sound, although this could also be do to the side project A Perfect Circle wondering into Tools music? Maybe. Anyway highlights here are........
Wings of Marie 1 and 2
Amazing music, but with a warning
Hermy909 II | Arizona | 06/01/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The album is amazing. Like all good progressive music, it takes a few listens to get all the songs.
1 Vicarious - Amazing song about violence, generally considered the star of the CD. Vicarious has some of the best guitar work you'll ever hear.
2 Jambi - Starts off with a great riff. Near the middle there is a breath taking guitar solo. Great bass 5/5
3 Wings for Marie (Part 1) - This is the intro for "10,000 Days". It is a lot slower than the first two songs. The beginning makes me think of Pink Floyd, for some reason. Over 11 minutes long. 4/5
4 10,000 Days (Part 2) - The song starts off slowly. This is one of Tool's most thoughtful songs. It is about Maynard's mother. 10/10 (This song takes a few listens)
5 The pot - Starts off with Maynard showing off his singing skills. The song is overall weaker than the other songs on the album, but has a hook to it that makes up for lack of technicality. Nice guitar solo. 4.8/5
6 Lipan Conjuring - This is an interlude. I am not sure of it's meaning or purpose. It sounds like some kind of native ritual. I would give this a 3.5/5 but I am a fan of interludes and their artsy stuff... You might not like it.
7 Lost Keys (Blame Hoffman) - This song is the intro to "Rosetta Stoned". It is mostly art not so much music until the end of the song. During the last minute or so, you hear voices talking about how "the patient won't talk". 4.5/5
8 Rosetta Stoned - This song starts off hard and heavy. The vocals are rapidly telling the story in first person, of a man who was abducted by aliens. I believe this is actually a story about a man who was "Stoned". This is possibly the best drumming on the album. Also the heaviest song on the album. This song is over 11 minutes. 5/5
(This song has excessive swearing, so watch out) (If you care)
9 Intension - This one is very artsy. The first time I heard it, I didn't like it at all. It grows on you a lot. Don't give up on it. 4.5/5
10 Right in Two - Nothing weird about this one. Great bass, and guitar. Also this is some impressive drumming. 5/5
11 Viginti Tres - Very weird song. The first time I heard it I had to look up the writing credits because I thought I heard a little Trent Reznor on this. (Nine inch Nails). This song is quite artsy. It is like "(-) Ions" from Aenima. There is some vocals near the end, but you can't really tell what he is saying, and I'm pretty sure it isn't in English or German. 4.5/5
The album is great. The only thing that is lesser about it is the interlude "Lipan Conjuring", I didn't find it as strong as the interludes on "Lateralus" or "Aenima".
Like all of the Tool albums, this will take a few listens to get used to.
Ok now for the warning.
The packaging is amazing. It comes with little stereoscopic eyeglasses, they are attached to the artwork. When you set the album on the table, and look through the glasses, while turning the pages of the booklet it comes to life.
The glasses on mine had a little extra glue on them... When attempting to get the CD out of the little paper thing it is held in (I know.. I hate those too) the glasses went down onto the artwork. I then pulled them up, so I could get to the CD, the glue stuck on the back of the booklet and ripped a tiny piece of it up. It is hardly noticeable, but be careful.
Also because of the paper packaging (for the CD) it is really easy to scratch. So after you get it out CAREFULLY, put it in an empty CD case, do NOT put it back in the "10,000 Days" CD slot."