I like that it's new territory for them and still super vibey and compelling. But like"that old girlfriend you can never forget" I just can't hear Maynard's voice without remembering the day I heard Tool for the first time and how completely blown away I was. Undertow was at a time of stellar individualism and creativity in rock music and Maynard was just completely at another level. It was like being at a bar surrounded by gorgeous women (Chris Cornell, Rage Against The Machine, Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam) and then in walks a chick who is so incredibly bad ass that you can't believe God makes such a creature. Tool was so incredibly unique and special that I can't listen to him without missing that time. I remember seeing them in a small rock club with a shitty PA and basically primitive everything and they still sounded incredible and completely swept people away. It was special and most importantly completely authentic.
Last Edit: Apr 20, 2018 22:33:56 GMT -6 by yotonic
I'll have to give it another shot. My tattoo artist put it on while he was punishing me, so it may have swayed my POV a bit. I dug the 1st track, but after that it lost me. I like their 1st couple records quite a bit. Got to see them years ago in a really nice theatre. Maynard's sense of humor was on full display. Great show.