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  • This is an all-around worthwhile purchase for any Tool fan who appreciated what the band did with the spiritually overt Lateralus. The music video, directed as usual by guitarist Adam Jones and featuring interpretive dance duo Osseus Labyrint, really does enhance the song in many ways and open up many new paths of understanding for the critical eye of a Tool fan or aesthetically appreciative newcomer. Brian Lustmord’s remix track is also worthwhile if you have learned to be patient with the music and open your mind to it, rather than covering it up with culturally-reniforced expectations. It is in many ways much more like a prayer than a song; you must surrender yourself to it to understand. Once you do, you will find the reward. (Those of you who have listened to it all the way through will know what I’m saying–it’s a feeling perfectly characterized in so many parts of the remix, like the moment when Justin Chancellor’s melancholic bass chords, which normally introduce the song, finally resonate on a quieted piano.) The dual commentary, however, is a real nuisance, not because it isn’t unflinchingly stoic or compelling, but because the humorous route that was chosen for it simply doesn’t work. It might be good for two or three chuckles; you’ll never visit it more than once per commentary side. But besides that rather useless appendage, this DVD is a great addition to a Tool fan’s collection as a means of further exploring the band’s art and ideas.

    Posted on February 2, 2010