Best Tool Albums

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1Lateralus

I personally was obsessed with 10,000 Days for the longest time. That album is where Maynard shines more than ever. I love each album Tool has put out, but artistic and creativity-wise, Lateralus is the best. The single fact that one track (the title track) featured clues hidden in the structure of itself that led to a complete re-organizing of the album's track list makes it the best. Not only is Lateralus beautiful start to finish by itself, but if re-ordered to fit the "Holy Gift" way, each song leads into the next with perfect symmetry, perfect timing, and perfect harmony. This album is by far my favorite in all of history.

An explosive, raw, passionate musical adventure. Not only does the album posses the three previously mentioned qualities, but it's ridiculously calculated. An excellent example of the album's insane amount of precision is the title-track's lyrics following a/the pattern of the Fibonacci Sequence, which allows the entire album's track order to be re-ordered (The re-ordered version of the album is known as 'The Holy Gift'). What does the re-ordering do? It causes every song to fall into perfect collaboration (timing, harmony, etc. )

All in all a simply phenomenal album. I love '10,000 Days' as well, but it's very difficult to beat this album.

This is album is very broad and ridiculously complex. Musically, and in the way it is organized.

2Aenima

I normally would hop on the band wagon and go with Lateralus, but when I consider my favorite tool songs they are basically all on this album... well let me rephrase that because all of tools songs are my favorite, the songs that SPEAK to me the most are on this album and that makes this album very special to me. Its brutally truthful lyrics, beautiful soaring vocals, and lurching riffs put it at NO. 1 for me, can't beat H. a song that I have to be careful of where I listen to it because every time it brings tears to my eyes.

This album, first off is insanely BA, and every song speaks an emotion for every song. This album probably has the weakest on the vocals side, but just like bands like RHCP, except still an amazing voice, it works perfectly for this album. He is showing how he feels, not going on being like "feel for me" he is saying, "Dude I am bad, just as bad as anyone who messed me up." And as a complete album it tells a story, not just a song here, a song here and lets just put this song in for fun, it is expertly crafted. Songs like AEmina, and Eulogy are some of the most emotionally gripping songs. I love it, and anyone who enjoys this stuff, even a little, this a MUST listen to.

This album has a feel for all of the Tool albums. Undertow, as in its way to be creepy at parts, Lateralus, as in its way to be emotional and heartfelt, and 10,000 Days, as in its way to 1) have Maynard speak about wanting things to die (See "AEnima", then "Vicarious"), 2) Being very emotional and heartfelt at parts.

No, it's not Lateralus. It's Aenima.

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310,000 Days

Not really a fan of the album, but I'm a fan of the album artwork. it is so creative how you are supposed to look at the pictures through the glasses.

A very deep and emotional album. I love AEnima to death, but 10,000 days takes the lead.

All are great, so I think it really comes down to personal preference, and mine is 10,000 days...and it had me at Vicarious

Listen to the pot its very good

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4Undertow

This is considered their worst album for a number of reasons: it's less progressive, it's not as creative as the others, it lacks structure.

For some reason though, it's my favourite one. Possibly because of the heaviness of it.

Not as complex as later albums but still a lot to like about it.

Not a bad album. Pretty good if you ask me

Second best by lateralus in my opinion

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5Opiate

This is a great ep. its got some great tunes on it such as sweat (which is the best on the album), opiate, hush and the hidden track

6Salival

Yes, this is an album - and an expensive buy - but I would pay triple for the cd-side of things alone. Their re-imagining of 'Push It' is a journey like no other, along with all the other great covers and live output. 80-minutes of greatness that the cd itself weighs 5kg. A beast!

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