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A stopgap, but still the best thing in ages.
on 23 March 2001
I'll admit it. I'm an absolute Tool *fantatic*. I first heard them in New Zealand (where you can actually - shock, horror - hear them on the radio!), and saw them live out there in 1997. In my book Aenima is a good contender for best album of the 90s, and Undertow and Opiate are impressive too. As for Salival? Well, you KNOW you're being suckered into buying a load of stuff you've heard before, but I really didn't care. The live version of Pushit is fantastic, and it's nice to hear You Lied in a decently recorded form at last (bootlegs having been available for years). The clear high-point in my book is No Quarter though - somehow they managed to sound enough like Led Zeppelin for the song to sound authentic, while still maintaining their own identity. Well done! Admittedly, Salival isn't an album I'm going to be playing front-to-back for the next five years (like I have with Aenima), but it's a great album to dip into. And the video content is always good, if you don't mind the fact that they're a little "inspired" by the Brothers Quay. The one thing that bugs me about this album, really, is the fact that the release delay is absolutely typical of the UK. What is it with this county? If people aren't out there buying disturbingly bad CDs like Hear'Say or Robbie Williams then they're being "alternative" and buying Limp Bizkit! The more transparent the marketing ploy, the more desperate people in the UK seem to be to buy something?!? I'm confused. Ah well. Buy this CD, and take some small consolation that you can still get music like this over here. It won't last.
(And a note for any drummers who might happen to read this: Just get the album. Danny Carey is one of the most underrated players in rock today)