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SALIVAL

Tool

 

Experimental/Post Metal

3.59 | 87 ratings

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int_2375
4 stars Because this is not a traditional studio album, I am reviewing it on the level of a live/b- sides collection, and the quality of the videos.

First the album:

Third Eye (live): 5/5 An excellent live performance of what I consider to be Tool's best song at that point in their career. It sounds nearly as polished as the studio version, and even includes some neat new vocal affects that weren't in the original.

Pushit (live): 5/5 Heavily altered from the album version, and certainly an excellent live performance, featurning tabla playing by Danny's teacher Aloke Dutta, and a tasteful solo from Adam, this is not to be missed. It doesn't however, live up to Tool's studio epics, Third Eye, Reflection, 10,000 Days, or Rosetta Stoned.

Message to Harry Manback II: 1/5 ok... well, I wasn't a big fan of the segue on AEnima, and this continuation isn't any better.

You Lied (live): 3/5 So-so cover of a song by Justin Chancellor's old band Peach. Some good, cathartic guitar and bass playing, but its a little too repetetive in the end.

Merkaba (live): 3/5 Basically an excuse for the band to do some Fusion-like live freakout, and really its not bad, but it doesn't work on the emotion level of Tool's more tight songwriting.

No Quarter: 4/5 I would give this 5 if it were a Tool song, and it is very good, but it hardly compares to the original Zeppelin version.

LAMC: 1/5 This is 7 minutes of a phone robot and a very annoying repetetive guitar/drum riff.

Maynard's Dick: 3/5 It works as a joke, but not as a serious Tool song. It is really intended as an attack on mainstream music, though.

As for the videos that come with it...

Hush 1/5 - This one is only on the DVD, its really nothing special, black and white footage of the band with Parental Advisory signs over their privates. The song is nothing special either.

Prison Sex 5/5 - A very good stop-motion video, taking obvious inspiration from the works of Jan Svankmajer and The Brother's Quay. Very bleak, symbolic images dealing with sexual abuse. My favorite on the disc. The song is a classic.

Sober 4/5 - This, along with Hush, I believe, are the only videos on the disc not directed by guitarist Adam Jones. It has a few very good images, but too much repeat footage for my taste, and the animation is a little choppy, but the song is an excellent piece from Undertow.

Stinkfist 5/5 - One of Tool's best songs and videos. Lots of well done set pieces, and imagery that fits the song very well.

AEnema 4/5 - Another fairly good live action video, but it isn't quite as good as Stinkfist. Nice use of lighting.

int_2375 | 4/5 |

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