Sound — 8
Well the album starts off with a bang, "Vicarious" and "Jambi" display everything that Tool is, technical, musical and creative. But this is shortly lived. The next two songs, which happen to be a two part story, "Wings for Marie (part 1)" and 10,000 Days (Part 2), Just seem to drag on and on, and are a real step down from the first two tracks on the album. After 17:24 minutes of what seems to be pure filler, "The Pot" is a real breath of fresh air and shows another side of Tool. It opens with some melodic vocals, and then kicks in with one of the most impressive bass-lines I've heard in a very long time. Tool begin to show their Progressive side, with "Lipan Conjuring" and "Lost Keys (Blame Hoffman)", They may not be memorable songs or even very good. But they are a good bridge/interlude section for the album, and they're not the longest of songs, so it doesn't really matter. And yet another great song,"Rosetta Stoned" has a more hard rock feel to it than the other songs on the album, but it is great non-the-less. Very fast vocals over some great hard rock riffs start off the song. And the breakdown of the song shows the prog-rock side of Tool we all know and love. The last three songs aren't the most memorable, but if I had to choose the best out of the Three I'd go with "Right in Two". Although I guess I'm just choosing the lesser of three evils.
Lyrics — 10
Well I've always seen something special in Tool's lyrics, and this album is no different. Covering some of the darkest aspects of human emotions in "Vicarious" and even covering the effects of drugs in "The Pot". The lyrics really make this album great.
Overall Impression — 9
If it wasn't for the countless filler songs, I would rate this as the best Tool album to date. But don't get me wrong, it is still worth the buy even if it's just for "Vicarious", "Jambi", "The Pot" and "Rosetta Stoned". Over-all it was well-worth the listen and I can't wait to see them on tour.