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  • Summary: The dark, proggy, hugely-popular alt-metal outfit fronted by Maynard James Keenan returns with that rarest of things: a new Tool album. It's the band's first release in five years and just their fourth full-length in their 16-year history.

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Vicarious
Eye on the TV 'cause tragedy thrills me Whatever flavour It happens to be like; Killed by the husband Drowned by the ocean Shot by his own son She... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Alternative Press
    100
    As with everything in Tool's oeuvre, 10,000 Days packs enough beauty, heartache and triumph that it will be dissected, studied and envied by younger bands for years to come. [Jul 2006, p.196]
  2. It's probably the most engagingly brilliant heavy metal album that'll be released on a major label all year.
  3. Sounds exactly like you would expect a Tool album to sound.
  4. Uncut
    60
    As daunting as its title suggests. [Jul 2006, p.114]
  5. Stupendously packaged, the music robustly mixed and often achieving new levels of bleak beauty, 10,000 Days is too strong a work to call a disappointment, but the constant need to fill out a CD to 75-80 minutes is threatening to become the band’s undoing.
  6. Neither funny nor thought-provoking, the band strains for touchstones beyond the technicality of prog-metal and rarely achieves them.
  7. "Progressive" doesn’t mean clocking in at over seven minutes no matter what. It doesn’t mean hitting every goddamn skin, tom-tom, and cowbell on your drum set. Being "Progressive" doesn’t justify an album cover that looks like a stoner stumbled upon a documentary on Mayan civilization. I’m not sure, but I think "Progressive" is about growth and change.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 35 out of 261
  1. FuquaF
    May 12, 2006
    10
    A sublime mix of spiritual intensity and "eff-you" thunder. If you don't like it, pull six feet of dirt over yourself, you are most likely dead.
  2. KenK
    Oct 19, 2006
    10
    Wow Tool is the best group of the world and this is the best album of this century, it's amazing and exciting, and feeling in some songs Wow Tool is the best group of the world and this is the best album of this century, it's amazing and exciting, and feeling in some songs this is "10000 Days", this is Tool. Expand
  3. MattO
    May 1, 2008
    10
    It's safe to say that most of these critics probably spend too much time judging the "quality" and "ability" of several genres; in doing It's safe to say that most of these critics probably spend too much time judging the "quality" and "ability" of several genres; in doing so, I think they somewhat lose their perception on what is inspirational. Songs aren't meant to be a "ballad of the moment." Songs are supposed to move people, motivating them to become something more than themselves. If you ask me, the critics are all on pot, not the listeners. They are on something else entirely. One of my favorite albums of all time, and I've listened to far too many different genres, from Kenny Rogers' "First Edition" to "all the damn Li'l's in rap music today." Expand
  4. JohannS
    Jun 7, 2006
    9
    Great album.
  5. Dec 14, 2020
    8
    Definitely a weaker album then Lateralus but it’s still a very good album with many strengths but a lot more weaknesses. It definitely hasDefinitely a weaker album then Lateralus but it’s still a very good album with many strengths but a lot more weaknesses. It definitely has some of their best song writing with Wings for Marie both parts and Rosetta Stoned but the problem is that these are gigantic two parter tracks that are great to listen too but you need to be in the mood and while you can listen to Rosetta Stoned or 10,000 days on its own it kinda ruins a the full experience as you’re only listen to part of it. While the gigantic tracks are great while kinda long the other songs are great too. Vicarious, Jambi, and The Pot are great songs that I can just listen too whenever unlike wings or Rosetta Stoned. But later on the album is where their weaker songs come in. Right in Two is a great track but nothing compared to Vicarious or The pot and Intension plus Viginti Tres are very weak compared to everything else. Overall it’s a great album but it’s definitely a lot weaker compared to Lateralus which is just a perfect album. Expand
  6. SergioC
    May 16, 2006
    7
    Well... at last 10000Days! I'm a total fan of Tool, but I must confess that I'm a little disapointed with this new album. After Well... at last 10000Days! I'm a total fan of Tool, but I must confess that I'm a little disapointed with this new album. After 6years, we should receive a much more that what we can find on 10000days. Well, 'course the masterpiece "Lateralus" is an hard thing to beat, but I'm shure they could have done much more. In my opinion, 10000Days's a bad album,with 5 very good songs.The problem is that we can find a lot of what I call "Crap Songs"...or that songs that are good to create the feeling around the total album(wind bloowing, sound of waves, other sounds and paranoias).But when 4 or 5 tracks are just this....well, it sucks. So I can only say that if instead those 5 "crap Tracks", we could find 5real music, this album would be great. And well, 6years, it's time enough to make an album with at least 10fucking songs. Notice that's the only problem of 10000...being an album with only 5musics! "Vicarious"; "10000Days Part.2"; "Right in Two"; and "The Pot" are masterpieces.... Well...after all, we're talking about one of the greatest bands on Earth... Rock On... Expand
  7. BillT
    May 2, 2006
    0
    More mastubatory tripe from every internet nerd's favorite band. Nothing particularly interesting except for the new level of More mastubatory tripe from every internet nerd's favorite band. Nothing particularly interesting except for the new level of pretentious attained by Maynard James Keenan. Don't let anyone fool you into thinking this rehash is "deep". Expand

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