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Listening To Tool For The First Time

Good stuff, but nothing all that interesting to me. Yes, I realize that their sound is fairly ahead of its time and unique, but I can't attest to all the hype they receive. The only thing that really stands out to me is Danny Carey's sublime drumming. Keenan's voice is great, but can wear on me at times. Jones and Chancellor concoct some heavy and technical riffs, but not super surprising. I started with "Opiate" and am now listening to "Aenima," along with some various other singles. The biggest thing that I've noticed is that EVERY SONG SOUNDS THE SAME. I guess that's not always a bad thing; I mean, that's how bands really accentuate their own styles. Their lyrics don't really do so much for me, either, because they're mostly just filled with unnecessary profanity and over-the-top anger. So far, my consensus on Tool is that they are definitely good, but falling just short of great for me. List is the best songs that I've heard by them so far.
Forty Six and 2

The rhythm in this song is definitely pretty linear compared to most of the other
material by the band. Easy to follow, easy to swallow, nice and heavy. Carey's
drumming is enormously fantastic.
2Hooker with a Penis

The ending of this song slays me every time.

This is truly a Tool classic. A great chorus and driving guitar lines make this an
excellent track. Lots of emotion to be found in here, too.

Grungy and angry, this song may contain my favorite vocal performance by Keenan,
floating between strong whispers and harsh yells.

Maybe the best of Tool's really "progressive" songs that I've heard thus far. It's
unconventional and advanced, but not to the point of pretension like a lot of their
other stuff can.
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