Sound — 10
After Maynard's time spent with A Perfect Circle, this is definitley an amazing return. A different sound for Tool. The bass and drums in my opinion are much more apparent on this album than any of the others. Adam's signature guitar sound still shows up on all the tracks, the Vicarious intro especially. Some interesting and difficult changes in the guitar riffs as well. And in case anyone is curious about the title of the album, 10,000 Days, Maynard's mother Marie (Wings For Marie) was paralyzed for 10,000 days before she passed. Also shown in the APC song "Judith". However, some of the interludes somewhat killed the feeling the previous song left you with.
Lyrics — 9
MJK's singing has changed for the better since Lateralus. Some experimentation in his techniques as well. This showed up for instance in "The Pot" intro with a high-pitched start that didn't even sound like him at first. More of a different sound as far as matching up with the music. It'll definitely take a couple listens to the CD before I adjust to it from Lateralus, that's for sure.
Overall Impression — 10
It's definitely a different album, and almost fits into a whole new genre by itself. It rates just about the same to Lateralus and Undertow, but its different. Vicarious, The Pot, and Rosetta Stoned are definitely the highlights of the album. Different sound that's a pleasant change. I'd definitely buy it again if I needed to.