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  • Y’know, I can understand if some people don’t quite get what this album is all about, or if they feel like they can’t rock out to it like Aenima, or if they don’t like more reflective vocals, or if they don’t like long songs…or whatever gripes some folks might have.

    But 1 star? 2 stars? Are you f’in kidding me? Folks, if you want simple four-minute rock songs, mashed together in Pro Tools, with lyrical content that your average 13-year-old girl can easily understand, Nickelback is –> that way. Please go there now.

    This is f’in Tool. YEP, STILL TOOL. The songs are generally very heavy, both sonically and lyrically. In fact, tracks 1, 2, and 8 are some of the most skull-crushing stuff Tool has ever recorded. I guess the problem is that the lyrics are more thoughtful and reflective. Gee. Or maybe the problem is that the musicianship is more advanced. Gee. Or maybe the problem is that the guitar mix is more spacious and the vocals are pushed back a bit, creating a more balanced sound with much crisper bass response. Gee.

    Rosetta Stoned is a masterpiece. Must be amazing live. I would say Tool is the Led Zeppelin of our time, except that Tool seems healthier (lifestyle-wise) and more musically capable right now than Zep ever was at their peak. Thanks Tool for an amazing new album. Now I’ll step aside so the angsty “BOO HOO I WANTED ANOTHER AENIMA BOO HOO HOO” gripe-n-moan fest may resume.

    Posted on January 27, 2010