What I Love About The World

Friday, February 24, 2006

13. Lateralus

Praise culture is rife around here at the moment, and I know that I may often be guilty of fleeting fickleness with regards my album appraisals, but Lateralus by Tool is simply the most complex, life-affirming, brutal, beautiful, tribetacious, layered, pretensious, progressive, vital, evolutionary, meaningful, intelligent, atmospheric, gentle album that you could ever wish to discover as a result of some loser's meaningless ego:blog.

The importance of the band, and specifically this album, lies within its progressive nature, and key themes such as Communication and the Mind/Body Dichotomy ("Over thinking, over analyzing separates the body from the mind.Withering my intuition leaving all these opportunities behind."). Hmm. And it seriously rocks.


Tool are the most important band on the planet at the moment, bar none (Radiohead are great, but surely they've already hit their peak and dare i suggest it are on the way down, or let's say i'd be pleasantly surprised if they ever release an album as important/faultless as Kid A)

The thing with Tool is that it all comes together when you see it live. Tool are releasing the eagerly anticipated follow-up to Lateralus (2001), their last album, this year, and are going to play England for the first time in 5 years (a gig I went to with 2 mates, one of whom was converted into a big big Tool fan, the other thought it was strung-out overblown pretentia). I hear rumours are saying Download and Reading but this would be a massive travesty which I'd like to avoid - my favourite band's first tour in 60 months has to be inside for acoustics reasons, especially with the intricacies and nuances of tOOL which could so easily be lost at an outdoor festival. So, Brixton anyone?


At 5:14 AM, Anonymous George said...

"It's true, Lateralus might be a bit much for the pogo-friendly Blink 182 fan in your life but if there's any justice in the world, this fantastic work will do for metal what Radiohead's OK Computer did for indie-rock. The boundaries have fallen and Tool have new horizons in sight"

Right on

At 5:17 AM, Anonymous george said...

Music comes first with Tool and words later, which is how I think it should be with bands of this sort, but how any band can fuse such lyrical Thema/Concepts with what is undoubtedly the most original and refreshing music ever composed is beyond my scope

At 5:18 AM, Anonymous george said...

it's so good
Minutess 3.52/3 on opener "The Grudge"
this shit should be on the syllabus at schools across the world

At 6:57 AM, Blogger Jules said...

I have been in two minds about whether or not to purchase a Tool album...after muchos downloading and listening I wanted to. But remained unsure as to which album (to purchase) Now:Product Sold!

At 6:58 AM, Blogger Jules said...

Have you ever thought about working in Sales and advertising???? !!

At 8:44 AM, Blogger Experience Sponge said...

alas no, the devil's work!

At 9:23 AM, Anonymous george said...

but seriously, it would be a great and worthwile investment

Festivals this year:
Will probably be getting a day ticket to at least one of V and Reading. why?

V rumour: Radiohead
Reading Rumours: Tool, System of A down, Pearl Jam (confirmed i think), Smashing Pumpkins (!!)

At 10:32 AM, Anonymous Julesegg said...

EEEE!! Does that line-up want to have anymore great bands in it?!!

At 11:22 AM, Blogger Experience Sponge said...

yass yass tell me about it love. Big old question (irrespective of whether or not they play Reading):

Should we (i) be looking forward to new Pumpkins material with keen anticipation, or (ii) be fearing it like the plague because it won't be up to scratch?

My argument is:
Pr 1) Every Smashing Pumpkins album up til now has been great

Pr 2) Billy Corgan won't release/perform any material unless it is up to the standard of these previous albums (in some way) (Ass.)

Pr 3) Billy Corgan controls the Smashing Pumpkins

Conc) Any new Pumpkins material will be of like quality to the previous 5 albums (in some way)

This means we shouldn't worry about new material, it should be something we really look forward to (unless billy's gone too soppy)

But I don't think he has done, I reckon the new Pumpkins stuff is going to be a return to the Heavy roots out and out hard rock music, ie lots of plodding bass, pounding drums and rock star howling.

Smashing Pumpkins, with all of us somewhere.., somewhere... in a field in ... Berkshire (JC), would be absolutely amazing.

Best Case Scenario for Reading:
Friday) AC/DC (Headline), Pearl Jam

Saturday) Smashing Pumpkins (H), Queens Of The Stone Age

Sunday) Tool (H), System of a Down

At 11:24 AM, Blogger Experience Sponge said...

obviously i'd have Kyuss over Queens and Jane's over Pearl Jam in an ideal world, but that's not going to happen.

At 2:38 PM, Anonymous julesegg said...

1) Agreed wholeheartly...even Judas O is worth a good ole listen.

2) Billy is too much of a perfectionist to allow the band perform shite material-Conc.Agreed

3)The others may not want to admit but yes...He is the leader.

I am 90% happy 10% worried.

Field sounds marvellous...all of us...in a field...flowers...hard poetic music. Sweaty moving bodies to the poetry of music.
AC/DC will provide comedic moments (cf Black In Back...(Dickstock-which has become a forgotten brillance!))

At 5:53 PM, Blogger bob said...

"Thank you for your order."

yes ok i've given in. too much has been said here and i really feel like i'm missing out.


as for the pumpkins!! well well. while i am not opposed to more wonderful music coming our way, i feel that i'd rather that billy corgan doesn't pump any more shit out for a while until he has looked long and hard at himself (if he doesn't do that enought anyway) and seen that he has gone downhill. if he injects his new brand of bland quasi-religious poorly synthed mumblings into "new" pumpkins then he will ruin a legacy. and that will inhibit my daily seratonin releases.

At 5:54 PM, Blogger bob said...

he is a perectionist but his standards have dropped considerably.

At 8:36 PM, Anonymous g said...

r0b mate you're lovely
youve bought Lateralus!!!!!!
love it

Both u and jules are talking sense (ps love you both loads sic).

I feel so happy. Techo Drum N Bass makes me feel so creamy (more to follow (if i fell like it)).
I bow down to this profound love of all things techo

Consider me well and truly initiated (my hair is still tingling from all the shaking)

p.s. got asked if I had pills to sell 5 (maybe 6) times tonight. "No" i say, and no coke either

At 8:38 PM, Anonymous g said...

pps. you are missing out if you don't own lateralus and play it once a day on full volume for the rest of your life

At 4:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am worried about the new pumpkins record.

here are some negative feelings:

- machina is massively inferior to pumpkins at their best(opinion).
-they were right to end it there(opinion).
- it is a little tacky, old rockers who have performed a farewell gig reuniting.(cf, go home rolling stones)(fact)
- a crap record would be heartbreaking.
- corgan plus chamberlin is not always 'magic'(cf zwan)

however, there are some positives:

- a break may have done them good
- i dont care, i just want to see billy play guitar. and jimmy hit his drums.
- zwan were awesome live.
- jesus eye is awesome. (cf 'everything just feels like rain' layered onto chamberlins bangin' drums and corgans dripping with fuzz guitar lines.)

At 4:13 AM, Anonymous billy said...

that was me.

At 4:38 AM, Blogger bob said...

jules the yeah yeah yeahs are playing uk dates in may. can we go???

for me i had closure on that very long saturday many years ago. if he plays again i'll be forever comparing it to that day, the height of my pumpkins love. and it *will not* be as good, because i don't want it to be.

At 4:43 AM, Blogger bob said...

George: Pills! the best time to take pills so far in my short experience is *not* on a dancefloor. if you ever take the plunge, i recommend somewhere warm, interesting and fairly quiet. a pendelino for example. or london underground = Oh My!!!!

This "creamy" feeling seems to be common amonst those pleasured by techno. How interesting. Did it remind you of fear factory minus the grating vocals&guitar?

At 7:00 AM, Anonymous g said...

yeah exactly, or Static-X

At 7:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lateralus will be the first thing I purchase with my shiny new pay. George is converted! I think I will enjoy techno George....Bob! Yes Yes Yes (to the aforementioned Yeahs Yeahs Yeahs) Some the ones I played you were live, and I imagine that the mixture of her lovely voice, mixed with the bouncy beat will work a little magical treat live. (Slightly OT from Pumpkins and Tool)

At 7:33 AM, Blogger Jules said...

That didn't work out right... Thats me.

At 10:20 AM, Anonymous george said...

are the YYY really good? Ive only heard about 4 tracks and loved one, can't remember its name, but could take or leave the other 3. Marilyn Manson rates their guitarist as the best contemporary axeman too apparently, high praise indeed.
where are they playing (and when)??

At 11:53 AM, Blogger Jules said...

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