This is the album that turned Tool into a prog-metal band. They had toured straight for two years and had become much better musicians and were ready to put those skills to the test. Maynard James Keenan tried to erase some of the negativity in his life before writing this album and, for the first time ever, he was really careful about his voice. The album is truly their masterpiece featuring “Stinkfist” and “46 & 2”.
Fun Fact: The title track is about L.A. falling into the ocean, but also about having real priorities and not materialistic ones.
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