Tool
Lateralus


5.0
classic

Review

by Costigan USER (1 Reviews)
September 4th, 2012 | 69 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Incredibly powerful, better if you listen to "The Holy Gift"

There's been so many reviews on this album, but I'm going to take it in a different direction. I bet nobody will read this review anyway.

This album is absolute gold on it's own the way it was released, but once it's listened to in a different order, it becomes a concept album.

Tool has been known to take long breaks in between albums. In between Aenima and this album it was speculated that the 5 year wait between albums was a result of Maynard's dedication to his side project, A Perfect Circle, with his good friend and excellent guitarist Billy Howerdel. I disagree with this theory. Although Mer de Noms was an incredible album, Danny Carey and Maynard wanted to give the audience something they'll remember for the rest of their lives.

They delivered. Please, look up the theory behind the rearrangement of the tracks before crucifying me. It's all based off of the title track. The rearrangement makes this album even more interesting, and it actually makes it a concept album. I think it can be a bad breakup going down, a friendship, or even a person "spiralling" down into addiction.

The "spiral" concept is very important here... The way this setup is constructed, the person is spiraling in from whatever on the first end of the album. The last track before the outward spiral is lateralus, which encourages the listener to "spiral out". I think this album is honestly about overcoming addiction, since the middle track, which I'd call "the bottom" is the most chaotic track on the album. Then as you spiral outward you get more "hopeful" tracks.
Also, why would tool, in their liner notes and back cover of the album, note that there's a hidden track? (fiaap de oiad)

Here's the track order for the first half:
1.) Parabol
2.) Parabola
3.) Schism
4.) Ticks & Leeches
5.) Mantra dubbed into Lateralus
6.) Fiaap de Oiad

The second half starts of with the end of the chaotic "Fiaap de Oiad" fitting into the beginning of "The Grudge" perfectly. The Grudge grinds out, and if you listen to the lyrics you realize that it's about someone bettering themselves (look up saturn ascending). The end of the grudge rolls right into triad, and it's a perfect transition. I think this represents the withdrawal someone goes through, either from drugs or a relationship.

From the end of Triad it rolls right into Reflection, which is out of the order for everyone familiar with the album, but it flows very well. In Reflection, it's just as the name suggests, our protagonist is "reflecting" on his past and wants to make himself better. Eon Blue also fits in nicely with the beginning of this track.

Reflection rolls right into The Patient, which tells us the story about the protagonist still struggling, but not as much. "Be patient" I think that's a sign that things will get better. This song to me is about not going insane while you're waiting for things to get better.

Then the blend right into "Disposition" is one of the most fantastic things I've ever heard in music. It's so calm. I picture myself looking onto a lake while listening to this. It's so appropriate that it's the last song. It's basically telling the protagonist that they've come a long way and just "watch the weather change". By the weather I think tool means yourself as a person.

Second half of the album:
1.) The Grudge
2.) Triad
3.) Eon Blue/ Reflection
4.) The Patient
5.) Disposition

Thanks, and if anyone actually listens, enjoy!


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CaptainDooRight
September 4th 2012


30239 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

inb4 baseline(aka my gf)

Digging: Fleurety - Min Tid Skal Komme

ThroneOfAgony
September 4th 2012


3485 Comments


Here's the track order for the first half:
1.) Parabol
2.) Parabola
3.) Schism
4.) Ticks & Leeches
5.) Mantra dubbed into Lateralus
6.) Fiaap de Oiad


mind=blown

Youtellme
September 4th 2012


1351 Comments


^fucking LOL

PuddlesPuddles
September 4th 2012


4787 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is a hidden gem, about time it's appreciated pos

LudsWig
September 4th 2012


254 Comments


was this review written by a two year old

LudsWig
September 4th 2012


254 Comments


^is that the guy everyone says is annoying?

truekebabpower
September 4th 2012


639 Comments


I'm just happy someone shone some light on such unknown albums like Lateralus and Living Things

LudsWig
September 4th 2012


254 Comments








Ataraktika
September 4th 2012


8 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Maynard stated himself recently that putting the Fibonacci sequence in the song Lateralus was
"silly" and that he has "reprimanded himself for it"--these are his words, not mine, as heard in the
podcast The Joe Rogan Experience.

This is because every song, in every genre, by every band, is an expression of life and natural
order. It is intrinsic in everything we do. Thus, to arrange a song in this way is, albeit pretty
clever, to put a cake upon a cake, as the Swedish idiom goes.

With that in mind, I think this whole hypothesis is discredited. Furthermore, the spiral that
should be used to reach the new order of songs in a way that makes sense in relation to the concept
of the title track, is a so called golden spiral. This makes the conclusions commonly reached, i.e.
The Holy Gift, completely arbitrary.

LudsWig
September 4th 2012


254 Comments


shut up



Calc
September 4th 2012


12292 Comments


It feels like Birthrite has come back...*tear

Digging: Stolas - Allomaternal

YankeeDudel
September 4th 2012


9313 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I never did hear this album in the alternate order. I think Ill do it soon then it will be 6/5 and break sputnik

Digging: Taj Mahal Travellers - August 1974

Ataraktika
September 4th 2012


8 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The transition between Schism and Ticks & Leeches should suffice to demonstrate why this is not an appropriate idea.

TheLast7thVermicide
September 4th 2012


186 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Alternate the order of this album is a very bad idea

TheLast7thVermicide
September 4th 2012


186 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

By the way, is a little bit strange that some people haven't yet complained about this new review, usually some people of the community bashes new reviews when the album has a big number of previous analysis.

LudsWig
September 4th 2012


254 Comments


you're an idiot^

FadeToBlack
September 4th 2012


11034 Comments


was this review written by a two year old


he gave it a 5 so yeah probably

YankeeDudel
September 4th 2012


9313 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oh look its the guy everyone thinks is Riff

Are you named after Metallica or is it just ironic like how Riff hates riffs

FadeToBlack
September 4th 2012


11034 Comments


i was named after metallica yeah

breakingthefragile
September 4th 2012


2962 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yet another review of Lateralus that isn't really a review of the music but a pretentious philosophical interpretation of the music's structure...



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