Best Tool Albums

The Top Ten
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.

2 Aenima

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.

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.

3 10,000 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.

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

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

4 Fear Inoculum

A lot of longtime fans seem to really hate this one. But I consider it one of their best. It feels a lot more psychedelic than what Tool usually does, and being a fan of psychedelic music helped he enjoy this one a lot.

Complex and layered, this album's polyrhythmic composition highlights the abilities of every member of the band. Definitely one of the best albums.

I honestly don't see the hate for Fear Inoculum, I thought it was a pretty solid record even for a 13 year long wait.

5 Undertow

Bottom line, Undertow is just a masterpiece. Easily TOOL's greatest record and a staple in rock and metal history. Easily their most metal album. Its gritty sound makes for a wild ride throughout the whole duration of the record. Plus, the songs are shorter, which is better for most people, with a average song duration of about 5 minutes. "Undertow" also focuses on the music more than the interludes, due to the fact that it has no strange and long interludes TOOL is known for. It beats out any other album because it really defines TOOL and what they are. As it is their most progressive album and focuses on providing the listener a different experience in every song. The album kicks off with the raging "Intolerance", which provides a more classic heavy vibe. It is short and sweet and hooks you right away. It then transitions into "Prison Sex", a disturbing ballad about a chilling subject but it is sang with a very happy vibe throughout the first half of the song. It then hits a more deep emotional sound in the second half, it is truly a work of art. "Prison Sex" quickly sets the stage for the next track, "Sober", which is possibly TOOL's most well known song. It is a sad ballad sang with emotion by Maynard's soft and melodic voice. This song is a pinpoint in rock history and the defining song of TOOL's discography. "Sober" kicks into "Bottom", a heavy song that provides a very chilling experience at first listen, but then eases out in the second half of the song. Then it transitions into the heavily instrumentally focused "Crawl Away". while the song has many instrumental breaks, Maynards vocals are gritty and get straight to the point. Immediately as "Crawl Away" ends, the next song kicks in. Titled "Swamp Song", this one is a hidden gem and is easily missed. Maynard's vocals really shine out on this one, along with the chilling, monotone bass lines. As this... more

6 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

7 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!

Pushit. Best song. Best version. You Lied was amazing.

Pretty damn hard to find in stores.

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9 The Holy Gift
10 Loving the Alien
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