Maynard James Keenan - Vocals
Adam Jones - Guitar
Danny Carey - Drums
Justin Chancelor -Bass
Track By Track:
This kind of song I've read and heard be called the more "hard rock" Tool. That's pretty accurate. It's a nice hard rock song Tool style. One of the easier-to-listen-to songs, and good for the radio. Great track, especially to open an album with.
I love this song. It's great. The intro sounds set the beat for almost the entire song. The song tells a story, even without the lyrics. It progresses so well. The lyrical theme could be about any Matyr figure, but most (and me included) think it's aimed at L. Ron Hubbard, the man behind Scientology. This is definetly one of the standout Tool songs.
This song reminds me of The Patient on Lateralus. Not because of the sound, but because you don't really notice it on the first few listens. It's a great song, but not standout like most of Tool's songs. Great song still. The chorus is great.
This song is just a filler track. This album has quite a few filler tracks. Just some staticy noise to seperate H and the mighty next track.
Forty Six and Two
Probably one of the most well known and standout Tool songs, it bares one of the most catchiest bass lines, and some of the best lyrics Maynard has written. One theory behind the meaning is 46 and 2 are chromosome numbers. We already have 44 and 2, and Maynard is speaking of trying to evolve into 46 and 2. The Shadow some think is being used in the sense of another ego. Easily one of Tool's best works.
Message To Harrymanback
I can't read that title, or type it, without chuckling. Another filler, but it kind of stands out because of it's name and what it actually is. It's a message left on someones answering machine.
Hooker With A Penis
This one is kind of borderline Hard Rock Tool. Great track. It's got a great catchy beat and an amazing chorus. It's Maynard's response to people who don't have much room to talk telling Maynard that Tool sold out. Obviously, he's not to happy to hear about it.
Some circus music for ya
This, for me, is like H. I didn't really notice it until after the first few listens. Awesome track. Nothing much to say, it's your standard epic Tool song really. Another great chatchy chorus. I guess I just don't dig it as much as others do. Still a good listen though.
Die Eier Von Satan
A cookie recipe read in German. This is probably the best filler for listening purposes. They should have made a song out of it I think.
This song is a-freakin'-mazing. Another song that just progresses to well, and instrumentally tells a story. The guitar part is awesome. A great song anyone can bang there head to and sing a long too.
A baby cries...blah blah filler
One of my favorites, and popular amongst most other fans, is the title track. Catchy guitar riff and a great chorus. Maynard seems to be speaking of the apocalypse. More importantly, why it will happen is what he's talking about. People depend on so many things and have wrong morals etc...hopes the people in LA can swim...
This song is filler. It's got some thunder, lightning, and other electricity noise going on. Listening to it first, and then the next track makes the next track even better.
Arguably Tool's best work. One word descripes this song: EPIC. Borrowing an act of Bill Hicks about drugs and music in the beginning, which kind of resembles the theme. "Prying open your third eye" most think is another term for seeing new things when you take drugs. I have also heard that there is some kind of organ or thing on the front of your brain nick-named the "Third Eye". Contains some amazing guitar solos, the second one being my easy favorite. This is probably one of the best pieces of music I have ever heard, and I'm not exagerrating. Even if you don't like Tool, you can listen to this and realize how epic and great it is.
This album is great, and a must own. Some say it's there best work (however, I disagree). One of the best albums of the 90s. I think it's the best album to get for your first Tool album. I recommend it to all.