Publication: New York Times
Date: November, 1996
page: C18 title: Mad at Everbody, Including Themselves author: John Pareles [Transcriber's note: I'd like to apoligize to the writer if I've inadvertantly changed a word or two in the transcribing here, as I was reading this off a blurry microfiche machine in a dark corner of PSU's library...] [Note: This article also contained album reviews for Korn and Pet.] "Mad at Everybody, Including Themselves" John Pareles Tool inflates misanthropy and self-hatred to a symphonic scale on its second album "Aenima" (Zoo). "I'm not a burden anyone should bear," Maynard James Keenan sings in the album's opening song, but Tool determinably fills all 77 minutes of the CD, letting some songs stretch well beyond five minutes. Mr. Keenan croons in a troubled tenor and works himself into a shout, as he wishes naural disasters on Los Angelos, or snarls at a fan who accuse him of selling out. The band's brooding, muscular riffs recall Soundgarden, and at times Jethro Tull, but the longer songs bring surprises. In "Eulogy" and "Pushit," as Tool works its way into drones and syncopation, the band's musicianship starts to overshadow its posturing.
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