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  • Summary: The band's first album of new material in five years was produced by Tool with David Bottrill and features 13 tracks.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. It is dense, it is long, it is complicated. It is also a magnificent triumph of artistry over blind anger.
  2. Lateralus takes the L.A. band over the edge with elongated musical movements that simmer under heavy-duty distortion, Middle Eastern percussion and freakish guitar-and-drum time signatures that will make musical mathematicians (i.e., prog-rock dorks) as excited as the kids in the mosh pit.
  3. A 79-minute sonic sojourn of hard rock delivered with an arty, fusion-conscious sensibility rooted most obviously from the likes of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Jane's Addiction.
  4. "Lateralus" is primarily a collection of puzzling time changes, haunting vocals and beyond-intricate percussive patterns that create a theme rooted more in Eastern philosophy than in rock and roll.
  5. Tool's songs are long because the band takes its time, resisting show-offy displays of speed in favor of texture and minimalist mood, borrowing key elements from Far Eastern music and industrial rock along the way.
  6. Research has led me to conclude that the correct, and possibly only, way to fully appreciate this album is at extremely high volume on a decent hi-fi whilst massively stoned out of your gourd.
  7. Now, with the early new century demanding "opuses," Tool follows suit. The problem is, Tool defines "opus" as taking their "defining element" (wanking sludge) and stretching it out to the maximum digital capacity of a compact disc.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 314
  1. RicardoP
    Oct 21, 2003
    10
    MASTERPIECE. This a landmark album that goes along with The Dark Side Of The Moon
  2. ScottZ.
    Jan 22, 2002
    10
    Good Music
  3. JoeH
    Mar 21, 2009
    10
    This is the album I keep coming back to over and over and over again! My CD collection would never be complete without this album and to this This is the album I keep coming back to over and over and over again! My CD collection would never be complete without this album and to this day, it is the only album to which I continuously listen. Each and every song is a testament to how talented Tool is. Listen to this album! Expand
  4. JasonR
    Jan 25, 2005
    10
    This is an amazing album, so complex and emotional. It takes a bit for the music to sink in but once it does, you'll know this is the This is an amazing album, so complex and emotional. It takes a bit for the music to sink in but once it does, you'll know this is the best Tool abum yet. Expand
  5. ShaneK
    Sep 13, 2006
    10
    This is the best album ever made by any band of any genre. Ever. I can not possibly comprehend how someone could not love lateralus.
  6. AdriaanT.
    Dec 5, 2007
    10
    Faultless album. Astounded (but not disappointed) as to it's lack of official acclaim.
  7. [Anonymous]
    Nov 6, 2001
    0
    THIS BAND SUX! IT'S SATANIC!

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