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Tool is still sharp, cranks out good music

July 18, 2006|by WILL DAVIS

When I first played Tool's new CD "10,000 Days," I thought I had just purchased the new album by A Perfect Circle. The opening guitar riff sounds pretty much like a lower version of APC's "The Outsider." About 45 seconds in, when the rest of the band bursts in with that patented Tool hard-rock syncopation, I knew I was wrong.

Sadly, the rest of the CD is equally as scatterbrained. The heavy segments in this CD still retain their "intelligent metal" feel that Tool fans love, but many of the soft spots fail to present the emotional power that was so prominent in Tool's previous endeavor, "Lateralus."

But that doesn't discredit this as a great CD. Anyone who appreciates intense lyrics about something besides the played-out "my life sucks" or "I'm in love" themes, will love the meaningful lyricism of Maynard James Keenan.

While his voice seems to have lost a little of the power it had in "Aenima," he makes up for it with powerful lyrics. He certainly isn't shy about expressing his opinions against stupidity, television or religion with biting satire.

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The instrumentation in Tool has always been outstanding, and here they don't disappoint, especially the drumming. Danny Carey's percussion skills are some of the best you can possibly find in mainstream music. The band has mastered syncopating the 4/4 and 3/4 beat while still sounding approachable. The songs are on average seven minutes long, yet sound less repetitive than most of the neatly packaged 2-minute-30-second, verse-chorus repeats that are all too prevalent today.

Tool stays fresh all of those seven minutes for most of the tracks, but the last few songs begin to lag.

All In all, "10,000 Days" is a very good CD, especially compared to most of the formulaic rock that the radios can't get enough of. But it's definitely not Tool's best effort. If you're going to only buy one Tool CD, buy "Aenima."

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