Tool
10,000 Days


3.0
good

Review

by Violinist USER (2 Reviews)
June 12th, 2011 | 32 replies | 7,861 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mediocre Tool is still worth a listen...

1 of 7 thought this review was well written

The interminable wait between Tool albums is something I've come to accept as the price of a rare and welcome invitation to enjoy another offering of thinking man's metal as served up by Maynard & Co. From the early days of high school to a balding middle age, each new release has arrived like a letter from a long missed friend who, while silent for years, has clearly been having an interesting time - and I always found myself more than satisfied to have been brought up to speed on their doings.

Given these expectations, Tool's 2006 release of 10,000 Days arrived and was consumed and ultimately left me wondering if my old friend hadn't finally slowed down a bit. Sure, I nearly wore out this latest missive, but repeated listenings just served to reinforce the nagging feeling that something was missing.

Lyrically, the album fell short of its predecessors. Concepts once delivered in enigmatic phrases that the mind would feed on for days or weeks are disappointingly transparent.

Musically the band still delivers. Tool still writes music that pulls the listener in and mesmerizes, punishes and devours. Filler tracks remain disappointing, but it's the sort of irritating shortcoming that you forgive in an otherwise loyal friend.

Unfortunately, it's the entire package that makes Tool the band that they are - lyrics plus the music - and when both parts are delivered in unequal measure the results are disappointing. And it kills me to write that about Tool...

Track by Track:

Vicarious - hard hitting metal, with lyrics railing against a society become numb to (while at the same time thrilled by) a culture of violence. 7/10 and a good example of overtly obvious lyric writing.

Jambi - this is what makes a 5 year wait between releases bearable. The perfect union between well crafted, growling music and lyrics that push you in a direction and leave the rest of the journey up to you. One of the better tracks on the album. 9/10

Wings for Marie - at 1/3rd the length, this would have made a great instrumental track for some filler. At full length, a wandering and mumbled ode to a lost parent that limps along until it finally ends. 5/10

10,000 Days - a bit over 11 minutes long and the conclusion of Wings for Marie. Tool's longer tracks have generally been their best work in my opinion, but this track takes a really (really) long time to build up to a short-lived crescendo which all too quickly breaks down into another limping finish ala its predecessor. 7/10

The Pot - the music is the only thing that saves this track from being an immediate skip. Great riffs and the wailing, screaming guitars that are immediately identified with Tool. Super bass work coupled with tight drums. Lyrically, a no-brainer rant about hypocrisy of whatever type get you worked up. 7/10

Lipan Conjuring - a filler track you won't be able to skip fast enough unless you're a fan of chanting. 0/10

Lost Keys / Rosetta Stoned - Lost Keys itself can be considered filler, but it's actually the prelude to Rosetta Stoned. A lot of people hate Rosetta Stoned, and if you've read this far you may be surprised to find that I am not one of them.

Lost Keys introduces us to a hospital patient suffering a mental breakdown after a drug fueled chat with some aliens. Snippets of conversation between a nurse and a doctor are played over a feedback drenched background of gentle arpeggios and ultimately lead into Rosetta Stoned where the patient tells his story.

Musically, Rosetta Stoned starts out as a steady metal prowl and continues to build until reaching an unbelievable frenzy. Lyrically, Maynard delivers the fractured and drug addled ramblings of a soon to be psych-patient desperate to convince anyone who will listen that he was given an end-of-the-world message to deliver by aliens. Silly? Sure. It's also superbly done. Remember that guy who wasn't too bright to begin with, and then smoked enough pot and dropped enough acid that they ended up being the amiable, pot-head court jester of the group? Maynard nailed just that - here's your friendly stoner buddy trying desperately to convince you the world's ending and ***ting himself because he can't even remember the details. A novel song that hits on all cylinders as far as I'm concerned - 10/10.

Intension - very mellow, ambient tune reminiscent of the last few tracks on Lateralus. Not bad, but they've done it before and done it better. 6/10.

Right In Two - Another example of hammer-to-the-forehead, overly obvious lyrics. The music is better, although some of the riffs sound like they are lifted directly from older tracks. 6/10.

Viginti Tres - If you were hoping for a big finish, you get 5 minutes of filler instead. 3/10.


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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
June 12th 2011



16310 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Absolutely love the first 4 songs on this record but the rest of the album is really sporadic.

oh and generic comment about how this didn't really need another review

taylormemer
June 12th 2011



4916 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Generic comment to discourage tbt reviews.

Acanthus
June 12th 2011



9537 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like "Rosetta Stoned" as well, interesting to see it higher than "Jambi" or "The Pot" but you gave your reasons. I enjoyed the first half of the review for its brevity and wording, if the rest was similar I'd like this a lot more.

demigod!
June 12th 2011



44148 Comments


still haven't gotten into this; haven't listened muhc, but so far, i agree with Crysis

Digging: Failure - Magnified

Acanthus
June 12th 2011



9537 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

He's got a really good point about the first four tracks tbh.

MO
June 12th 2011



18517 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this review is ok

demigod!
June 12th 2011



44148 Comments


right in two is great yea

MO
June 12th 2011



18517 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

silly monkeys give them thumbs they forge a blade

foreverendeared
June 13th 2011



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Viginti Tres makes sense once you sync it with the other two tracks for that awesome super track.

jayfatha
June 13th 2011



2883 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn straight

qwe3
June 13th 2011



21355 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

pretty good album

RikRoach7
June 13th 2011



85 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

A 3 for a Tool album?? I'm shocked!
For me they've always be a 5 with all they've done. The technically perfection alone deserves at least a 4!
But anyways, good review buddy!

Titan50
June 13th 2011



4588 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Am I the only one who considers this the only Tool album with absolutely NO filler?

SiikTh
June 13th 2011



50 Comments


yes, yes you are.

scissorlocked
June 13th 2011



3509 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

bored of this record

Digging: Leon Vynehall - Music For The Uninvited

FadeToBlack
June 13th 2011



10914 Comments


thank you what an interesting read

taylormemer
June 13th 2011



4916 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

It's probably because there's less happening and the flow of the record feels more disjointed, so therefore one feels robbed of more music, despite the fact their is about the same amount. Don't confuse linear time scales with temporal relativity.

taylormemer
June 13th 2011



4916 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

lol

FadeToBlack
June 13th 2011



10914 Comments


ioi

FadeToBlack
June 13th 2011



10914 Comments


they're more exciting than the actual music



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