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Ænima

TOOL

1996

Ænima
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Ænima (/ˈɑːnɪmə/ AH-ni-mə) is the second studio album by the American rock band Tool. It was released in vinyl format on September 17, 1996, and in compact disc format on October 1, 1996, through Zoo Entertainment. The album was recorded and cut at Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood and The Hook in North Hollywood from 1995 to 1996. It is the first album by Tool to feature bassist Justin Chancellor, who replaced original bassist Paul D'Amour the year prior. The album was produced by David Bottrill. The album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart upon its initial release, selling 148,000 copies in its first week. It was certified triple platinum by the RIAA on March 4, 2003] The album appeared on lists of the best albums of 1996 in Kerrang! and Terrorizer. The track "Ænema" won the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1998. In 2003, Ænima was ranked the sixth most influential album of all time by Kerrang! Rolling Stone listed the album at No. 18 on its list of The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time. The title Ænima is a combination of the words 'anima' (Latin for 'soul' and associated with the ideas of "life force", and a term often used by psychologist Carl Jung) and 'enema', the medical procedure involving the injection of fluids into the rectum. The packaging for Ænima was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Recording Package. North American pressings of the album were packaged in a custom lenticular jewel case (called a "Multi-Image CD case" in the liner notes) for the cover and interior disc tray. The cover art and other images in the liner notes can be set behind the lenticular "lens" to create an effect of sequential animation. European pressings of the CD featured a standard case, and the insert contained a catalog of sixteen fictional and humorously titled "other albums available by Tool".

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3.5

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68

Genres

  • Metal

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Tue Feb 20 2024
5

One of the darkest, most ominous, complicated, twisted, and yet, in some strange way, gratifying masterpieces. It could only have been born in the 90s. Another unforgivable "oversight" on the original list

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Wed Feb 21 2024
5

Amazing album! Atypical rythms, loud but hypnotizing

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Mon Feb 26 2024
5

Honestly surprised this didn't make the original list, because TOOL is such a "music lover's band", but a great addition that harkens to other entries such as NIN, Bauhaus, and King Crimson.

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Mon Feb 26 2024
5

I personally think I prefer the proggier Lateralus, but this is still such a classic album that I'm shocked the list didn't already have.

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Thu Feb 29 2024
5

With songs such as Stinkfist, Message to Harry Manback, and Hooker with a Penis... how can you not give this a 5?

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Fri Mar 01 2024
5

TooL is just freaking awesome. I understand that it's not everyone's cup of tea, and I understand that many people might find it pretentious nobish music, but I can rock to this ANY day. One of the best live acts I've ever seen, and Ænima will always be my go-to TooL album.

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Fri Mar 01 2024
5

No explanation needed, since this was the album I introduced to you all. This is why I listen to music and create it.

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Sun Mar 10 2024
5

Nice choice. Thanks for suggesting.

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Wed Apr 24 2024
5

I'm not a big Tool fan, but this album is just *that* fucking good. I remember seeing the video for Stinkfist on rage when it first came out, and just couldn't get enough of it. I was only 12 and could barely comprehend its brilliance. The song is a journey, with really distinct parts that tie together so well, and the video clip just tops it off. Fucking masterpiece. And the rest of the album isn't far behind. I still listen to it every other week. It reminds me of the mid-late 90s, when I was getting exposed to all this new music, trying pot, surfing on weekends, trying and failing to impress girls... it's the sound of my youth. I should repeat: I'm not really a Tool fan, I've heard their other albums *maybe* once each, but I totally GET this one. I swim in it. I drink it. I escape into it. I listen to it and forget about the rest of the world, forget about the daily bullshit 40 year olds put up with. 5/5.

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Wed Mar 13 2024
4

TOOL are expert architects of strange temples. That much is clear when Maynard's voice resonates from behind an edifice, or we find ourselves in atria neither suited for nor inhabitable by humans. That isn't the whole record, but whether the sensory organ is ear, heart, or third eye, it sees what it sees, not polyrhythm ratios. Sex is about angles; Doesn't make it math.

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Fri Feb 23 2024
3

Not my favorite Tool album by a long shot, but they are pretty undeniable. I'm enjoying Nu-metal more as I get older.

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Tue Feb 27 2024
3

People who like Tool REALLY like Tool. Definitely a band with a cult following. There have been songs here and there that I've thought were decent, but overall Tool's discography doesn't quite mesh with me. I don't dislike it, but I don't love it. I can sorta respect what they are doing though, they do seem to be trying to do things to the beat of their own drum and there are some surprising moments in the album that I would not have expected. Lyrically and thematically some of the juvenile humor is kinda cringe to me though. From the New Yorker: "There is a superficial similarity between Tool’s career and that of another nineties band that spiralled out into its own world. Radiohead, after a rock hit of its own (“Creep”), became one of the most celebrated British bands of all time, expanding its palette and ambition while cultivating a hip and highbrow sensibility. By contrast, there is something unpretentious about Tool’s artsy experiments, which have enough snap and snarl to sound terrific coming out of even the tinniest car speakers, and which seem calculated to delight both drug-addled weirdos and hyped-up dudes in skater jeans." I suppose I am fully into the hip and highbrow sensibility camp.

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Wed Mar 06 2024
3

Never a big Tool fan... Maybe that staticky ancient com system microphone voice wasn't a huge cliché back in 1996, along with many other kind of hacky dark rock tropes. Not terrible, not half bad really but not something I need a lot of in my life.

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Mon Apr 29 2024
3

Serious hard and heavy rock in the Sabbath zone. Shane the good lyrics are a little muffled. Not a bad choice for inclusion in the list.

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Sun Feb 18 2024
2

When I decided to continue this journey with the user submitted albums, I told myself I wouldn't force myself to listen to something that had no appeal for me. But then I realized that I would be a little sad if people didn't at least give the album I submitted a chance. So, I've modified my approach: I'll at least listen to a sampling of an album and then decide whether to listen to the whole thing. So that's what I did with this one. I listened to 4 random songs on it. And to be honest I can sort of see the appeal. There's more going on than I thought. But at the same time I confirmed this really isn't for me. Maybe if I was in a very particular mood, but overall I'm just not a fan of this style. 2 stars.

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Wed Feb 21 2024
2

If you submitted this, don't take this review personal. I find this band extremely cringe, and I really couldn't care less about the gimmicky stuff with pi and the golden ratio that their fans put so much emphasis on. 3/10

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Sun Mar 17 2024
2

Would really like to like it, but after giving many chances to Tool, its definitely not my style

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Fri May 10 2024
1

If you like Pearl Jam and FNM then this is for you. I however don't.

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