TOOL - Undertow 2LP (Black Vinyl)
- Prison Sex
- Crawl Away
- Swamp Song
Arguably their finest album, this follow-up to the 'Opiate' EP showcases Tool at their best, assisted by clean, crisp production, without the muddiness of 'Aenima.' Edgy guitar riffs are complemented by spitting, heavy bass, especially on "Sober" and "Crawl Away."
Lyrically, Tool are at their vitriolic best, targeting religious hypocrisy ("Intolerance" and "Sober"), the loss of innocence and its consequences ("Prison Sex"), and deliberate ignorance ("Swamp Song"). Henry Rollins makes a guest appearance on "Bottom," which, along with "4 Degrees," deals with questions of identity.
'Undertow' is also Tool's most musically adventurous album, lacking the occasionally numbing sameness of 'Aenima,' and with considerably more sophistication than their previous work.