Sound — 10
Probably the most anticipated album in years, 10,000 Days once again does itself and it's contemporaries with the most thrilling, exhilirating, entrancing, and passionate album in long time. Much like Lateralus, some songs take a few listens for their genious to sink in, while others stick out as immediate favorites. 10,000 Days sounds like the next logical step from Lateralus, both musicially and lyrically. Odd tempos and offset beats make this album fun to listen to, but hard to mosh to. This music is not for the faint of heart. As a guitar player and drummer, this album is absolutely the most enjoyable listen I've had in years. Adam Jones's signature sound comes through clear while his work steps up with complexity in an impressive way. Danny Carey is a drum god and this album proves it all over again (even more than Lateralus). Justin's bass lines come through strong and play well off of the guitar line, sometimes even taking over lead melody. Maynard's vocals are top notch as well, with some unexpected experimentation that you'll either love or hate. ("The Pot" for example).
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics in this album tend to focus less on heightend spirituality, but deal more with practical issues (violence on TV, accepting responsiblity for your own mistakes, etc). This album leans in the diretion of being a little less abstract and more focused and real.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall, this CD was well worth the wait (Although rumors have it that we won't have to wait for another 5 years to get anotherh Tool contribution). I got an advanced promo copy for reviewing purposes only, but this cd continues to impress me with every listen. Highlights are Vicarious, Jambi, The Pot, and Right In Two. This album is a must own for any Tool fan, or fan of progressive rock.