Known Johnson

May 4, 2006

A quick one about Tool: 10,000 Days

Filed under: Music — Tom @ 11:04 pm

There is no way anyone is going to top Tool for having the year’s best album package. 10,000 Days (named for the approximate number of days singer Maynard’s mother was crippled by an aneurism – until she died in 2003) comes packaged in a lush, glossy fold-out book. One flap that folds over the main part of the book contains two lenses. You pull the lens-flap up to your eyes, open the book cover, and view the artwork through the lenses, which is duplicated twice on each page. Through the lenses, the images combine when your eyes are slightly crossed and become three-dimensional. And it’s really impressive artwork – similar in theme and style to Lateralus creepy Buddhism-meets-anatomy imagery, again by Alex Grey. It was moving very quickly on Tuesday at Best Buy – the price of $9.99 and the unique packaging seemed to be a key as to why I saw a copy (and sometimes two) in the hands of most of the people in the store.

What’s intriguing is that hidden with the depths of the album is a compelling but seemingly non-linear narrative revolving around Maynard’s extremely religious mother. It appears that this is being carried on from where Lateralus left off – and we didn’t even know that there was a “story” there. But on 10,000 Days the links are made more obvious – two back-to-back songs deal with Maynard’s mother’s death directly, but references throughout the album hark back to Lateralus‘ themes that appeared to deal with illness as well. I was initially a little disappointed with Lateralus, but in this new light, I’m finding new things to be intrigued by with that album. 10,000 Days, however, does much more successfully everything that Lateralus wanted to do. But it’s dark, very dark, and it’s heavy, very heavy, which means I’m going to have to be in a specific mood to dig deep into this one. The difference here is that I feel like there’s an emotional payout that works out better than it did with Lateralus. Despite it being a metal album, the genre cliched for not having any emotional substance, it’s obvious that this is a very personal, meaningful set of lyrics for Maynard. He’s poured his soul into this one, and the listener’s going to be rewarded for years to come – there’s a lot to examine on 10,000 Days.


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