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Tool again

After having listened to 10,000 Days quite a few times my opinion is this: good, but not great. Vicarious sounds sort of like a Lateralus-reject with a hint of Undertow, but is still pretty good. Jambi is fantastic and easily my favorite song on the album. Wings for Marie is pretty good, but not that interesting. 10,000 Days, ostensibly the second part of Wings for Marie, is very good and probably my second favorite song. A two parter like that invites comparisons to Parabol and Parabola, but they’re definitely not on that level. The Pot is a strange song, but it’s becoming more interesting as I listen to the album more and more. Maybe my fourth favorite. Then we have a couple of filler tracks with are pretty forgettable. Rosetta Stoned is a song I like less and less as I listen more and more. The quick, distorted vocals are silly and it reminds me of Slipknot in parts. It gets better towards the end, but not enough to redeem itself. The lyrics are pretty bad, too. Intension is utterly forgettable. Maybe that’ll change after more listens, but I’m not optimistic. Right in Two is one of the better songs, especially the end. Viginiti Tres is another filler track and not a very good way to end the album.

I had high expectations for this one. Jambi, 10,000 Days, and Right in Two are enough that I’m not terribly disappointed, but it could have been a lot better. I’m not a huge fan of Undertow, so I may end up liking it more than that, but it looks like it’s going to be my least favorite Tool album.

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