An Album a Day: #7 Undertow

20 03 2013

Tool | UndertowI only got into Tool in the middle of last year when coming across the Sober video on Youtube, not even sure how I got there but that’s the benefit of the social web I suppose, we stumble across things on a limitless basis.

Don’t know whether it’s weird or just co-incidental but it’s also a debut album released in 1993 like that of my previous post!

However, other than the release year and the fact that it is a debut album, that is where the similarities end as the sound is far more alternative and progressive, but in the 90’s metal sense rather than the 70’s/80’s rock if you get my thought train?

It’s a cognizant album with many social issues, like drug addiction (seems to be a favourite of rock bands but then I suppose it goes with the territory), tackled in the content through the lyrics and vocals of Maynard James Keenan.

Personally I think he is a great singer and the band are well organised and know how to put across anger at the same time as creating great licks and riffs.

It’s the kind of album I put on when I have a bit of aggression to get rid of.

Album Score: 8 out of 10

Sleeve Notes/Artwork: 7 out of 10

Good album artwork really love the internal B&W photography but lacks lyrics which as you will know by now is a real bugbear of mine!

Track Listing:

  1. Intolerance
  2. Prison Sex
  3. Sober
  4. Bottom
  5. Crawl Away
  6. Swamp Song
  7. Undertow
  8. Flood
  9. Disgustipated

Favourite Track: Sober

Tomorrow’s Review: Much Against Everyones Advice – Soulwax

Next Selection: Truth be Told – Shed Seven

The ‘An Album a Day’  list so far.


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