As a long-time fan of the band, I’ve chosen to spotlight this album in an Amazon review. I’ve seen Tool seven times live, once at Lollapalooza, once at Ozzfest and the rest at their own shows. Undertow is undoubtedly the most powerful, thought-provoking album these guys have assembled, but I would also prescribe any other of their masterpieces. Maynard’s voice is an instrument, a vehicle, that takes the listener to dark places. He is the tragic king of his own world, and he makes you feel like he’s been through something the rest of us only have nightmares about. The lyrics make you dig into yourself, introspect, realize what’s there and what isn’t and should be. Danny Carey’s percussion lines provide powerful punctuation to Adam Jones’ amazing guitar riffs and Paul D’amour’s (now replaced by Justin Chancellor’s) bass beats. The bass, in this album and Aenima particularly, is the engine of the music. The pure genius of Adam Jones, the brain child of this band, is recognizeable in any of their videos or songs. Rarely does one find a band that speaks to listeners like Tool. One of their most powerful messages is that through introspection, you realize your true potential in what you do and who you are– so don’t be a sheep. Don’t follow the crowd, or take things for granted. No one told you to come. This is necessary; life feeds on life. If you can’t get the messages, can’t appreciate the music for what it is, don’t get this album or any of their others. If you are open-minded and you can read between the lines, listen to Tool.