10,000 Days review by Tool

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  • Released: Apr 28, 2006
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.1 (832 votes)
Tool: 10,000 Days
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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.

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    Deliriumbassist
    hmmm.... I've translated the first two lines of viginti tres as: For all eternity, Hatred for the birth of autumn I have no idea if that is right, though... anyone actually translated it?
    Maggotkiller
    Does Danny use double-bass pedals in this c.d. I could have sworn I heard some on Jambi?
    seany_ryan
    ive had the re listen to the album. To me its still just not as most have said 10 out of 10 album. I dont care who has listen to them forever and those a week. All tool fans are pretensios in their own way. But I just felt like this album was a weak effort. Sorry just opinion. Ive just heard better music from them and Ive heard better music by other bands who do this style of etheral art rock stuff. Im sorry. Maydard is og or jesus or what ever else you can think of him as does not justify to me that this was a good album. I mean there are some cool moments and some weak ones. I just felt it was kinda blah. Thats all.
    catchtherainbow
    but the conversation doesnt give much info on the patient...and anyone know how to use the stereoscopic lenses...i get watery eyes trying them!!! i see double vision
    Deliriumbassist
    Blackskall wrote: Yeah I don't know about Lipan Conjuring either, does anyone know what Lost Keys (Blame Hofmann) is about? It seems like there should be a story behind it
    The Lipan are/were an American Indian tribe that I think were the subject of genocide by Abraham Lincoln, and Lost Keys is a conversation just before Rosetta Stoned, when a nurse refers a doctor to the subject in Rosetta Stoned
    Maggotkiller
    I knew I heard some double-bass in Jambi. IMO this is a bit better musically than lateralus but vocaly it isn't so that kinda evens em' out for me.
    HitThat_BatMan
    I dont like it....doesn't sound like them.....the lyrics changed so much...Maynard doesn't sound the same at all...
    Blackskall
    Yeah I don't know about Lipan Conjuring either, does anyone know what Lost Keys (Blame Hofmann) is about? It seems like there should be a story behind it
    catchtherainbow
    i realised this album was abit softer than the previous efforts...overall the music is diverse...the tabla bridges...its just something new and it still links the parts of the songs! Tool is great...the whole album is an experience..not just an album that u listen and comment on the music...but u need to feel the emotion exuding from each song...the whole album is total art..no talent comes close to Tool..they're a band apart from other bands...u cant put Trivium and Tool together...coz one is more on making music...while the other is more on making the listener experience the story that is being told...
    MY_Name
    First of all i cant spell for sh$t so back off. I just got the cd days ago and I LOVE IT, i do admit its not for new fans of tool because its so meningfull and deep and it takes some time to understand but in a good day. #4 is my favorit so far its so instromental and long I LOVE that because you can really get in to it. when i came home and throu the cd in for the first time i only got to wings part 2 befor called my cuz to tell him how grate the album was and it was a priority to buy. keep it up TOOL
    Deliriumbassist
    Maggotkiller wrote: Does Danny use double-bass pedals in this c.d. I could have sworn I heard some on Jambi?
    sorry for the dp, but yeah, he does. He doesn't necessarily use it to break out some Berzerker style double bass riffage, but he uses it within normal playing to get some cool offbeats. Other examples include Ticks and Leeches
    NASA
    I find something universally perplexing about all of the negative comments made about this band and this album... Firstly, in more than one post the phrase "weird for the sake of being weird" was used...Not only is that comment unneccessarily dismissive, but also every bit as subjective as "I like it" or "I hate it" or "I don't get it"...none of those so-called complaints or criticisms are the band's fault...When someone says "I don't get it" or "I think its weird" it is a reflection on your perception of music, not the band in question...I think its weird and pointless and pretentious how so many people listen to numerous bands that sound like numerous other bands and pretend their tastes are unique...How many recent music bands and other stylistic developments in the pop-entertainemnt world blatantly copy the music and pop sensibilities of the late 70s/early 80s and try to pass it off as something completely unique??? Almost everything that is in style now, is very much guilty of that, and I have numerous examples(ie: tighter clothes, longer hair, glam fashion, bands like the Killers, the Bravery, et al, "garage rock" bands like the Strokes and the White Stripes that sounds strangely like early American punk bands like the MC5 or the Ramones, revisionist thrash/speed-metal, or "emo/metal-core"...the list goes on and on)...who is to say that my perception of music is more right or wrong than someone who sees it opposite of me??? No one, thats who...I thought we were all a little bit better than that, to state our opinions as facts... Secondly, people have both written them off for "simply being a newer version of _____", or "not as stratightforward as _____"...to me, given the fact that Tool has managed to achieve a decent amount of success in both the underground/art music scene, as well as the commercial music industry, neither of those statements can be proven to be true...in fact, none of the other bands mentioned by comparison have approached the degree of success through either musical outlet with the exception of Pink Floyd and maybe Primus... Lastly, people have said that they've not brought anything new to the table in terms of songwriting, textures, approach, etc; which more or less isn't true either...why do half the criticisms posted here blatantly contradict this statement with "they made it too weird this time...too much ambient noise, now" style of comments previously addressed??? Granted, I do hear a lot of things that sound like their previous work, but here again, every band on the planet is guilty of repeating themselves in some capacity...besides, if you hear nothing new on the album, you haven't really listened to it in its entirety and anyone who has couldn't disagree with me in good conscience... If you don't like it, I hold nothing against you...if you dislike it for shallow, narrow minded, subjective and ill-researched reasons, than I feel sorry for you and wish you'd take your short attention span and elementary school level intellect elsewhere
    Deliriumbassist
    oops, was translating the wrong language.... the translation is: In One eternity, Abominatio is born, to assert your trial, and trial your might, twenty three times over, to conduct yourself to the higher power well, that's the jist of it, I'm too tired to work out all the granmmar
    fazcat
    u want to hear some drumming that actually requires more than just using odd timings then go check out..... Dave Lombardo(slayer)
    i must admit dave lombardo is one of the better metal drummers around, but since when has a slayer song been in an odd timing? i agree with most of the people here anddont let your arse do the talking
    Guitar_Poet
    seany_ryan wrote: well i have to say that it is a bit for to give this album a 10 by each person who reviewed. ok there is a 9 and like an 8.8 or something but come on kids. This album is ok not brilliant. The first track is third eye meets schism. The songs are just rubbish over half of the album. Most songs clocking in around 7 or up. Where does Tools pretention end, and common sense begin. Then again common sense aint so common on this bored. As far as Carry goes this is his weakest effort with tool. It shows to me. The bass is cool and the typical 1 string guitar solo's are there as well. I dont care if you guys and gals play bass guitar or drumms, and you talk about the odd timing and so forth. I dont care i really dont. It still doesnt convince this is a killer cool album. In my mind is was a soft effort by all. then again phoning it in as they have done on the this and the last album didnt help. Really some of the songs are cool but this new etheral art rock minus the medal maynard wanting to be a bit more like billy howardel and so forth just doesnt cut it. This album shows the lack of prep, creativity, and orginality that your sacred tool once had. You throw in Opiate or Toe and Aen and ill agree those were solid and cool albums. The last 2 however is just there ongiong pertention into "We wanna be like King Crimson, and create sad bastard music that we will shive down the throught of all our rediculous fans." Serious guys you will by anything that comes out. Remember Salival. I bet you all had it, and went through the frustation of the DVD trying to find its meanings and secrets. I read a high school phyc book once if i wrote some songs about it would you worship me? I can sorta sing, i can find a drummer that plays all weird. Give it up kids it was a soft effort and better hope next time. See you in about 4-5 years.
    i think youre too pessimistic. have yourself a re-listen of the cd before you judge it too quickly. simple playing by all instruments does NOT mean its bad. it does not mean they have no talent. in fact, writing SIMPLE things that work together that smoothly and come out the way that Tool managed to get it all to work is really hard to do (successfully). im tired of all these "hardcore" Tool fans burning all the "new" "immature" Tool fans. they act as if theyre so badass and that theyre in the know about whether or not Tool is really saying something with the last two albums, they act as if they are higher than newer Tool fans simply because theyve been listening to Tool longer. well **** that. yes all their past albums (including ****in Lateralus) have been awesome. dont bash people that like this one because youre too shallow, anger-fueled, and pessimistic to give it a chance.
    _TheWorst
    [quote= "phoenix_88"]and ALL of tool's albums say the same thing over and over... listen to aenima or lateralus again they repeat riffs and similar musical phrases ALL the time... it's what tool does, and they do it brilliantly by changing the key, time signature, or other "smaller" parts of it.[/quote] ---Actually, let me post the lyrics for Schism since you seem to have forgotten them: I know the pieces fit 'Cause I watched them fall away Mildewed and smouldering Fundamental differing Pure intention juxtaposed will set Two lovers souls in motion Disintegrating as it goes Testing our communication The light that fuelled a fire That has burned a hole Between us so We cannot seem to reach an end Crippling our communication I know the pieces fit 'Cause I watched them tumble down No fault, none to blame It doesn't mean I don't desire To point the finger, blame the other Watch the temple topple over To bring the pieces back together Rediscover communication The poetry that comes from The squaring off between And the circling is worth it Finding beauty in the dissonance There was a time that the pieces fit But I watched them fall away Mildewed and smouldering Strangled by our coveting I've done the math enough to know The dangers of our second-guessing Doomed to crumble unless we grow And strengthen our communication Cold silence has a tendency To atrophy any sense of compassion Between supposed lovers Between supposed lovers I know the pieces fit (x7) And I know the pieces fit _____ ---So my point being is that they need more songs like Schism in the manner that they are creative, varied, and with some excellent lyrics to make a great song even better. Nothing on 10,000 Days does that. ---The VERSE/CHORUS/VERSE/CHORUS model is awful and I certainly don't advocate that. I would actually like music to go somewhere though instead of aimless sound. Though I like Maynard's voice (when he's not yelling generically), I would prefer if he would use it to actually same something worthwhile. ---Overall, this album doesn't show nearly enough growth; it shows a pretentious rehash of previous ideas shaped into a concept which is better in theory than in practice. It's actually more into the same vein as the Mars Volta really. I hope that Tool makes another album soon and that they learn from the mistakes they made on this one.
    phoenix_88
    it's not "weird for the sake of weird" as you put it at ALL in my opinon... and i think it shows INCREDIBLE growth over lateralus and aenima (personally... not a huge fan of aenima as an ALBUM.. there are amazing songs on there) and ALL of tool's albums say the same thing over and over... listen to aenima or lateralus again they repeat riffs and similar musical phrases ALL the time... it's what tool does, and they do it brilliantly by changing the key, time signature, or other "smaller" parts of it. if you want VERSE CHORUS VERSE CHORUS BRIDGE CHORUS END you should know WELL better than to listen to tool. and maynard was trying to use his singing like it's an instrument in the mix, not like an outstanding solo type thing and, in my opinion, more vocalists should do that. this cd isn't really that "abstract, out there, artsy, or weird" in my opinion at all. listen to frances the mute - the mars volta. that's an obscure record. ps. seany_ryan if you're going to flame something or claim you can do better... i suggest a spell check first.
    _TheWorst
    ----Alright, well I want to say that I had really high hopes for this album,. Unfortunately, aside from some making some cool background noise, Tool hasn't done anything really new to them on the album. I definately don't think this work represents 5 years of creativity. ---The album itself is slow and ponderous, with an awful lot of meandering with song structure and the variety per song restricted to a few swells here and there. Some of the songs have a more classical structure, but some just seem like they're being made up on the spot and go absolutely nowhere eventful. The vocals are non-existent in a lot of this album and when they appear, they offer a very typical "I am sending you a 'deep' message over and over and over" phrase. It kills me that nobody sees a problem with saying the same thing over and over. Most of these songs end up sounding like 7 minute pop songs with excessive minor-note basslines. ----This music is essentially stoner rock through and through, which would be fine with me (being a fan of songs like "No Quarter," "Comfortably Numb," etc), except for the fact that every track on this album lacks innovation. Or maybe they are unique but the fact that they use so little variety and insist on hammering out the same phrasing for 3 minutes at a time cheapens the validity of the message. Speaking as a music fan and a Tool fan, I just find myself very bored and a little annoyed by some of the songs (ie. Jambi). I'm sure anyone who tries hard enough can find some pretentious rhetoric to claim that every bad thing that Tool did on 10,000 Days is a good thing, but I'm still unable to change my mind on this album. Don't get me wrong when I say I like this album, but it's to a very limited extent. This is music I would listen to while doing work, not music I would listen to for the sake of enjoying art. ---Also I want to add a lot of my fellow Tool fans sure do love this album as some sort of post-post-modernist kitch. "Weird for the sake of weird" is apparently a reviving trend.
    ready4thebreak
    I really see what tool does with their music. It's so weird that if you played it to someone who's never heard the music they look at you like a mental patient for the rest of your days. But then again you hate to say it's weird(which it is)because it's so many different things. Then, since it's so abstract, but they plan it that way, you wonder exactly what your going to get from them. Even though this probably makes no sense it does on so many other levels(like their music). The music is excellent, but the singing is so weird("The Pot," need I say more) that you can't deny that someone had to have been a genius to think it. I think since mayard says that's what he's going for, people follow it. So I really think people hate to put down the abstract thoughts flowing in the music, so you dont feel like your not getting it(which most dont) you praise it to the high heavens. I love but I dont know why and think most people are afraid to admit that.
    Deliriumbassist
    seany_ryan wrote: well i have to say that it is a bit for to give this album a 10 by each person who reviewed. ok there is a 9 and like an 8.8 or something but come on kids. This album is ok not brilliant. The first track is third eye meets schism.
    your point? I personally think it is an excellent album, that's why I gave it a 10 in my review. I was writing that review as firstly, a Tool fan, secondly, as a bassist and thirdly as a person who looks for cool ass deep meanings and shizz. And I wouldn't worship you, cos you seem like a pretentious wanker
    seany_ryan
    well i have to say that it is a bit for to give this album a 10 by each person who reviewed. ok there is a 9 and like an 8.8 or something but come on kids. This album is ok not brilliant. The first track is third eye meets schism. The songs are just rubbish over half of the album. Most songs clocking in around 7 or up. Where does Tools pretention end, and common sense begin. Then again common sense aint so common on this bored. As far as Carry goes this is his weakest effort with tool. It shows to me. The bass is cool and the typical 1 string guitar solo's are there as well. I dont care if you guys and gals play bass guitar or drumms, and you talk about the odd timing and so forth. I dont care i really dont. It still doesnt convince this is a killer cool album. In my mind is was a soft effort by all. then again phoning it in as they have done on the this and the last album didnt help. Really some of the songs are cool but this new etheral art rock minus the medal maynard wanting to be a bit more like billy howardel and so forth just doesnt cut it. This album shows the lack of prep, creativity, and orginality that your sacred tool once had. You throw in Opiate or Toe and Aen and ill agree those were solid and cool albums. The last 2 however is just there ongiong pertention into "We wanna be like King Crimson, and create sad bastard music that we will shive down the throught of all our rediculous fans." Serious guys you will by anything that comes out. Remember Salival. I bet you all had it, and went through the frustation of the DVD trying to find its meanings and secrets. I read a high school phyc book once if i wrote some songs about it would you worship me? I can sorta sing, i can find a drummer that plays all weird. Give it up kids it was a soft effort and better hope next time. See you in about 4-5 years.
    [NIN]_ROCK!
    Tool=weird;but I LOVE weird stuff,so I guess this should be nominated as the album of the year!Good(and deep) lyrics,killer bass lines,terrifying guitar riffs and an outstanding drum work too!Just buy it!
    Maggotkiller
    cool I'll try and help you I'll get on that tonight do you know what language it's in.
    Deliriumbassist
    catchtherainbow wrote: but the conversation doesnt give much info on the patient...and anyone know how to use the stereoscopic lenses...i get watery eyes trying them!!! i see double vision
    the title gives a clue- there's a possibility the guy was high off LSD (therefore the Blame Hofman title)... and that he just turned up. A lot of abductees turn up for no reason, and are unresponsive to human interaction, and stuff like that