10,000 Days (Tool album)

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10,000 Days
Studio album by Tool
Released May 2, 2006
Recorded August–December 2005 at O'Henry Studios in Burbank, California, Grandmaster Studios and The Loft in Hollywood
Genre Progressive metal,[1] art rock[2][3]
Length 75:52
Label Tool Dissectional, Volcano Entertainment
Producer Tool
Tool chronology
Lateralus
(2001)
10,000 Days
(2006)
Singles from 10,000 Days
  1. "Vicarious"
    Released: April 17, 2006
  2. "The Pot"
    Released: July, 2006
  3. "Jambi"
    Released: February 12, 2007

10,000 Days is the Grammy Award-winning fourth studio album by American rock band Tool. The album was released on April 28, 2006, in parts of Europe, April 29, 2006, in Australia, May 1, 2006, in the United Kingdom, and May 2, 2006, in North America. By the end of 2007, the album had sold 2.5 million copies worldwide and awarded a Platinum certification by the RIAA.[4]

Recording[edit]

The album was recorded at O'Henry Studios in Burbank, California, as well as at The Loft and Grandmaster Studios in Hollywood, California. It was mixed at Bay 7 in North Hollywood and mastered at Gateway Mastering Studios in Portland, Maine. The June 2006 issue of Guitar World (released April 11, 2006) featured an interview with guitarist Adam Jones discussing the new album. Jones explained that recording techniques for the album involved the use of a "pipe bomb microphone" (a guitar pickup mounted inside a brass cylinder), and a talk box guitar solo on the song "Jambi". The "pipe bomb microphone" and other studio related information was further detailed in the June 1, 2006 issue of Mix.[5] Drummer Danny Carey operated many of the sound effects on the interlude tracks on the album using electronic drums called Mandalas.

Packaging[edit]

The compact disc packaging for 10,000 Days consists of a thick cardboard-bound booklet partly covered by a flap holding a pair of stereoscopic eyeglasses, which can be used to view a series of images inside. Viewed with the glasses, the artwork produces an illusion of depth and three-dimensionality. Alex Grey, who created a majority of the album art for Lateralus and its accompanying video "Parabola", reprised his role for 10,000 Days. The CD face itself is decorated with stylized eyes, arranged in a seemingly logarithmic spiral toward the center (adapted from a previous Alex Grey painting, "Net of Being").[citation needed] As with Tool's other albums, the lyrics are not printed within the artwork; vocalist Maynard James Keenan has instead released the lyrics online.[6] On May 5, 2006, the band's official webmaster hinted that "the four individual photos [of the band members] can be used as the pieces of a kind of puzzle", but the puzzle and its meaning "will just be another nut to crack".[7]

On February 11, 2007, Adam Jones, art director and guitarist for the band, received the Grammy Award for Best Recording Package for his work on the 10,000 Days packaging.[citation needed]

Artwork[edit]

In an interview, Alex Grey, who worked on the illustrations for the 10,000 Days and Lateralus covers, said that many of his artworks for Tool have been based off and influenced by the visionary journeys of a brew called ayahuasca. He described the 10,000 Days cover as "a blazing vision of an infinite grid of Godheads during an ayahuasca journey",[8] and also talked about the Lateralus cover in a similar fashion.[9] Grey stated in another interview when making the 10,000 Days cover that it depicts visions received during a DMT trip (the main chemical ingredient in ayahuasca). Video on YouTube

Singles[edit]

On March 27, 2006, Billboard.com posted an article about 10,000 Days,[10] which mentioned that "Vicarious" would be the album's first single. "Vicarious" was officially released to radio on April 17, and entered both the Modern Rock Tracks and Mainstream Rock Tracks charts both at number 2. A music video for the song was released on DVD on December 18, 2007.[11] The song has also been featured as a playable track on the video game Guitar Hero World Tour. The second single from the album was "The Pot", which peaked at No. 5 on the Modern Rock chart. It was the band's first number 1 single on the Mainstream Rock chart. A video for "The Pot" was scheduled to shoot over the 2006 holiday season.[12] "Jambi" was the third radio single and received airtime on both Modern[13] and Mainstream Rock[14] formats.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 68/100[15]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[16]
Drowned in Sound 8/10[3]
IGN 8.5/10[17]
Pitchfork Media (5.9/10)[2]
PopMatters 6/10[18]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[19]
The Skinny 4/5 stars[20]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5[21]
Stylus Magazine D+[22]
Tiny Mix Tapes 3/5 stars[1]

10,000 Days received generally favorable critical reception, albeit with less enthusiasm than previous Tool albums. Most critics praised the album as another example of Tool's musicianship.[16] Critics who gave 10,000 Days a relatively low score questioned the merits of its ambient interludes, which Tool have also used on their previous releases. In addition, the song "Vicarious" was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance. Rolling Stone magazine named it the 38th Best Album of 2006.[23] The album also received a Grammy Award in 2006 for Best Recording Package. In 2008, 10,000 Days garnered another Grammy nomination when "The Pot" was nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance.

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 68, which indicates "generally favorable reviews", based on 19 reviews.[15] Rob Theakston of AllMusic wrote: "It's not only a step forward for the band, but a re-embracing of the epic-length rock songs found at the roots of early heavy metal."[16] Nick Cowen of Drowned in Sound praised the album, describing it as "probably the most engagingly brilliant heavy metal album that'll be released on a major label all year."[3] Alternative Press magazine wrote: "As with everything in Tool's oeuvre, 10,000 Days packs enough beauty, heartache and triumph that it will be dissected, studied and envied by younger bands for years to come."[15] Evan Serpick of Rolling Stone stated that on the album, the band "maintains a level of craftsmanship and virtuosity unparalleled in metal."[19]

Nevertheless, Adrien Begrand of PopMatters stated: "Stupendously packaged, the music robustly mixed and often achieving new levels of bleak beauty, 10,000 Days is too strong a work to call a disappointment, but the constant need to fill out a CD to 75-80 minutes is threatening to become the band’s undoing."[18] Jess Harvell of Pitchfork Media was critical in his assessment of the album: "Rather than delving further into experimentation or exploring their strengths, Tool have made an...A Perfect Circle record."[2] Ayo Jegede of Stylus Magazine panned the album, criticizing the band in the terms of "being progressive": "I’m not sure, but I think “progressive” is about growth and change. I think it’s about not being trapped in your own little universe where everything you say matters."[22]

Internet leak[edit]

On April 14, 2006, a 30-second clip from "Vicarious" aired on Pittsburgh radio station "105.9 The X". Subsequently, the entire song was leaked in WAV format when a private FTP server (used to distribute the song to radio stations) was left open without password protection for a few minutes.[24] The entire album was later leaked to the Internet, despite heavy security and strict conditions regarding media previews. Exactly how the album came to be leaked is unknown. Some rumors had led fans to believe that the band leaked it to spite their record company,[25] yet statements from Keenan in interviews expressing his distaste for Internet leaks seem to contradict this.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Vicarious"   7:06
2. "Jambi"   7:28
3. "Wings for Marie (Pt 1)"   6:11
4. "10,000 Days (Wings Pt 2)"   11:14
5. "The Pot"   6:22
6. "Lipan Conjuring"   1:11
7. "Lost Keys (Blame Hofmann)"   3:46
8. "Rosetta Stoned"   11:11
9. "Intension"   7:21
10. "Right in Two"   8:55
11. "Viginti Tres"   5:02
Total length:
75:52

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

10,000 Days entered the U.S. Billboard 200 chart at number 1, selling 564,000 copies in its first week. It was Tool's second album to top the Billboard 200 chart upon release. In Australia, 10,000 Days debuted at number 1, selling 39,278 in its first week. In the UK, the album debuted at number 4, the highest chart position the group have managed in that country. It was certified Platinum in the U.S. by the RIAA on June 9, 2006. As of April 2007, 10,000 Days had sold 2.75 million copies worldwide. As of July 7, 2010, the album had sold 1,736,000 copies in the US.[citation needed]

Album[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart 1
Austrian Albums Chart 1
Canadian Albums Chart 1
Czech Albums Chart 23
Danish Albums Chart 2
Dutch Albums Chart 1
Finnish Albums Chart 2
French Albums Chart 7
German Albums Chart 2
Hungarian Albums Chart 10
Irish Albums Chart 6
Israeli Albums Chart 1
New Zealand Albums Chart 1
Norwegian Albums Chart 1
Polish Albums Chart 1
Portuguese Albums Chart [29]
Swedish Albums Chart 2
UK Albums Chart 4[30]
US Billboard 200 1

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Peak position
2006 "Vicarious" Billboard Hot 100 55
Mainstream Rock Tracks 2
Modern Rock Tracks 2
"The Pot" Billboard Hot 100 94
Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
Modern Rock Tracks 5
2007 "Jambi" Mainstream Rock Tracks 7
Modern Rock Tracks 23

References[edit]

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Preceded by
IV by Godsmack
Billboard 200 number-one album
May 14–20, 2006
Succeeded by
Stadium Arcadium
by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Preceded by
The Hard Road by Hilltop Hoods
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
May 8–14, 2006
Succeeded by
Stadium Arcadium
by Red Hot Chili Peppers

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