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5.0 out of 5 stars Art never sounded this good., 14 May 2001
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This review is from: Lateralus (Audio CD)
Aenima was a true masterpiece. Tool had treated music like the art-form it really is. Lateralus has taken that attitude a step further, and then some. Opening with 'The Grudge' we can see that Tool are out to prove their superlative musicianship. The album keeps getting better with the likes of 'The Patient' and 'Schism' which caused my jaw to drop at least 5-6 inches. 'Parabol' has Tool going soft on us but it leads into 'Parabola', of which the opening "riff" sounds like a nail-gun being propelled into your face. Which is a high recommendation in my eyes. 'Ticks & Leeches' follows and is probably one of the heaviest songs drawing pure rage and, more importantly, menace. Maynard James Keenan's perfect voice repeats the menacing lines of "Is this what you wanted? Is this what you had in mind? Cuz this is what you're getting!". A scathing attack on todays one minute attention span music industry. The second half of Lateralus is more interesting and a lot moodier than the first half. 'Lateralis' (not a typo) is pure genius and the trio; 'Disposition', 'Reflection' and 'Triad' are the most "out-there" collection of songs Tool have ever done, and also among the best. The closer, 'Faaip de Oiad' is Tool oddness we've come to expect. As I had mentioned before Tool are a bunch of musicians with superlative abilities. Whereas Maynard James Keenan is, well, extraordinary. I doubt there is a more versatile singer in modern music today (Chino isn't a patch on him, sorry Deftones fans, its true). Aenima and Undertow (and to a lesser extent Opiate) showed us his skills but his lyrical virtuosity and his sense of melody have somehow managed to improve. I know, unbelievable. But don't take my word for it, buy the damn record.............NOW! Overall it is difficult to fault Lateralus as an album. Yet my favourite Tool song has got to be 'Third Eye' on Aenima, although a lot of the songs on Lateralus come very close to matching its sheer divine brilliance. Can I give it 6 stars? No. Oh well. It deserves it.
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