Aenima review by Tool

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  • Released: Sep 17, 1996
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.4 (168 votes)
Tool: Aenima
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Sound — 8
Tool is one of the strangest bands of the '90s. This album is based on thinking for yourself. Maynard James Keenan (lead singer) is against religion, Los Angeles, and other assorted things. Tool has been described as nu-metal, alternative, and metal because of the variations of sound Adam Jones creates on his guitar. This band paved the way for bands like Chevelle, Breaking Benjamin with their style of music. This CD isn't exactly the greatest produced. The music in the CD consists of heavy guitars and bass, complex drums (via Danny Carey), and mind-numbing lyrics. Though Jones' guitars are not exactly the most complex, the are creative and he must a good memory with some of the song lengths on this CD.

Lyrics — 10
Maynard's voice and Adam Jones' guitar go together hand-in-hand. There isn't really a voice like Maynard's, so that's what separates Tool from other bands of the '90s. The lyrics are anti-religion (get off that f--king cross/we need the f--king space/to nail the next fool martyr), anti-government and about every thing else. On this album (and about every other one) Maynard will sometimes make complex lyrics that could take weeks, months to decipher or otherwise he's just straight out (in this f--king hole we call LA/the only way to fix is to flush it all away). Listen to Maynards voice and you'll understand why its so different.

Overall Impression — 10
The only thing that Tool can be compared to are newer bands: Chevelle, A Perfect Circle (Maynard's new band), Submersed, and Breaking Benjamin. The most impressive songs off the album are Stinkfist, Hooker With A Penis, Forty-Six & 2, Aenima, and Third Eye. Each has a unique sound and a different feeling to it. Occasionally there are "filler" songs (songs with no real rhythm and are very short) but otherwise each the songs are 6 minutes (the longest is 13 minutes, Third Eye) and the CD is a total of 77 minutes long. Overall this CD isn't one of the CDs that defined the '90s, it was against it.

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