Best Tool Albums

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1 Lateralus

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.

2 Aenima

Trust me, in my earlier years as a diehard Tool nerd I would no doubt have said Lateralus, but as my musical sense has matured I've come to realize and comprehend the complex, progressive and technical nature of this album. It still hurts to this day to give up my previous top spots of The Grudge and Ticks & Leeches, but I just have to acknowledge that Pushit, Third Eye and Eulogy are on a completely different level than any other songs I've ever heard. The heavy 46 & Two and Jimmy are both very dear to me as well. And I mean who can forget the catchy and incredibly raw Stinkfist and Aenima? I should probably even mention the hilarious little segments like Die eier von Satan and Intermission. And while I think all band members do absolutely divine work on all albums, I just have to say that Maynard does his best work here with some insanely emotional and beautiful delivery (the climax of Pushit gives me goosebumps EVERY time), but he also shines with different vocal styles throughout ...more

AEnima just has the all around best sound as it's a middle point for Tool. I like all of their albums quite a lot but AEnima struck a perfect balance between dark, angry songs like the stuff on Undertow and Opiate and more deep and philosophical songs that would come later and besides the filler songs like Intermission and Message to Harry Manback,(which are pretty funny anyway) all of the songs are amazing. The album definitely grew on me as well, as it took me a couple listens to really start loving Eulogy and Pushit. It's also the only full length album that doesn't have a song that I'm kind of partial on or don't really enjoy that much, like Flood, Ticks and leeches, and Jambi. Anyways I know TLDR:AEnima is such a great album and a true middle point for Tool.

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.

Lyrical composition: 5/5. A lot of songs hit bullseyes. The others are ignorable and too few to bring it down.
Vocals: 4/5. Maynard has yet to reach his prime, but the singing here is very well-done. A wee bit monotone and boring (to me, at least) at times, but overall great singing.
Musical composition: 5/5. Everyone brought their A-game here. From Danny Carey's masterful drumming, to Chancellor's ear-soothing basslines, complimented by Jones' catchy riffs and solos. Stinkfist got to me quick, and it's arguably my favorite song.
Creativity: 5/5. They deal with all kinds of subjects masterfully. From Judith's extremely unfortunate fate and who she was to Maynard to evolution. I couldn't do the effort put into it justice.
Verdict: 19/20 (Masterpiece). This is the essential Tool album. If you don't have it, get it. - MKBeast

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3 10,000 Days

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

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.

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

The tile track is easily the best song ever composed

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4 Undertow

Better than 10, 000 Days =)

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.

Seriously? You guys are making this album sound like st. Anger by saying it's their worst album. It is a great classic tool album. (same with opiate too)

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5 Opiate

Just discovered this first album. It's awesome! I like it better than the others.

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

6 Salival

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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