Lateralus – Tool

This song had to grow on me. I think part of my original dislike of this song was it is rather long (9 minutes) and is slow to get into the meat of the song. However, after hearing it enough I liked how the sound builds on itself.

I really like how the singing blends with the instruments so that they all work together instead of the instruments just supporting the singer. Its like the singer is another instrument instead of the focal moment.

I love how the song moves between less complex arrangements to more complex. Quieter to loud and back again. With a 9 minute song they have a lot more play to move in and out of emotions. Building up and releasing and building up again.

The guitar is amazing in what I would characterize as the most “rock” or more complex and loud moments. But I think its the contrast that you get in the song that makes those loud parts have such impact.

Here are some great lyrics from the song:

Over thinking, over analyzing separates the body from the mind.
Withering my intuition, missing opportunities and I must
Feed my will to feel my moment drawing way outside the lines.

The video I found is user made so it is a tad cheesey but you can listen to the song and not watch it (which is what I do.)

User Video of Lateralus

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