Publication: Alternative Press
Date: March, 2001
page: 22 title: Salival of the Fittest author: Robert Cherry Few bands successfully combine a unique visual aesthetic with a powerful sound. Tool are the exception to that and many other rules. If you need evidence, look no further than Salival. Short of attending one of the band's concerts, there's no better way to immerse yourself in Tool's world than this box set, which beautifully packages the group's videos (on DVD or VHS) with a disc of live and unreleased tracks. Salival's artwork and impeccably recorded and performed live tracks, plus the rarities including a dynamic cover of Led Zeppelin's "No Quarter," are worth the purchase alone; but it's the videos that will leave you permanently haunted. Under the direction of the band's guitarist, Adam Jones, the clips-short films, really-inform and enhance the music like very few videos do. Using the archetypal imagery of dreams and admittedly indebted to stop- animation gurus the Quay Brothers, Jones and his creative team relect the unsettleing mental and emothional states that singer Maynard James Keenan evokes in his lyrics. Jones' style is instantly recogniziable, and to his credit, he never resorts to cheap shock tactics to provoke a response from viewers. But that doesn't mean you'll feel any less disturbed after you finish watching this collection. One last word of warning: Don't try to operate the DVD under the influence. True to form, Tool have designed the menus to confound viewers.
Posted to t.d.n: 02/11/01 15:05:09