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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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I know the pieces fit 'Cause I watched them fall away. Mildewed and smouldering, Fundamental differing. Pure intention juxtaposed Will set two... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  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: 14 out of 253
  1. justind
    Nov 12, 2003
    the best album from the most creative band out there
  2. ScottZ.
    Jan 22, 2002
    Good Music
  3. JoeH
    Mar 21, 2009
    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. ColinB
    Feb 24, 2005
    jaw dropping amazing.
  5. Justin
    Dec 29, 2006
    Lateralus is a work of Art.
  6. DarioS.
    Mar 1, 2008
    Absolutly, positively the best album i've ever heard!
  7. [Anonymous]
    Nov 6, 2001

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