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Old 05-21-2006, 09:03 AM   #41
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Re: is the album undertow underrated?

That just goes to show how under rated it is. This album was my first introduction to Tool, and I've been hooked every since. I saw them on the 2nd stage at Lalapalooza and they blew me away. I had never heard of them before and I ran out and picked up Undertow and Opiate the next day.
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Old 05-29-2006, 07:53 AM   #42
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Re: is the album undertow underrated?

Undertow has my favorite lyrics and mood of any of their album. I think it's really pure-sounding music, and definitely a bit overlooked by people who are really into Aenima and Lateralus.
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Re: is the album undertow underrated?

really underrated.
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Re: is the album undertow underrated?

Undertow is my least favorite Tool album by a pretty long shot (that includes Opiate.) That's just me.

I really don't think it's as groundbreaking as Aenima.
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Old 06-16-2006, 02:42 AM   #45
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Re: is the album undertow underrated?

dude fuck yea undertow is the shit
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Old 06-16-2006, 12:29 PM   #46
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Re: is the album undertow underrated?

Undertow is my favorite Tool disc. Alot of people will say that its not groundbreaking, but you have to put it in context: when it was released, nothing else sounded like it, no other album art looked like it, and none of its videos were like anything around.
Undertow was groundbreaking and revolutionary when it was released.
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Old 06-17-2006, 10:32 AM   #47
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Re: is the album undertow underrated?

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Opiate is the MOST underrated Tool release. Of course, I do find some sort of joy in enjoying a wonderful EP that few people know about.

i dont understand people thinking the EP is worse than undertow, a few of the songs on both albums were written at the same time
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Old 06-26-2006, 03:50 PM   #48
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My mom has Opiate.... I was messing around with her CD's listening to Alica In Chains, Soundgarden, and I found Opiate and I was addicted.... I now have to say that Undertow is so hardcore and awesome... I love it, definately my favorite, with Ænima as a second (Not close second though) I also love Opiate and Lateralus equally, then 10,000 Days as last...
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Re: is the album undertow underrated?

Excellent album, but I still favor Aenima.
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My mom has Opiate.... I was messing around with her CD's listening to Alica In Chains, Soundgarden, and I found Opiate and I was addicted.... I now have to say that Undertow is so hardcore and awesome... I love it, definately my favorite, with Ænima as a second (Not close second though) I also love Opiate and Lateralus equally, then 10,000 Days as last...
Boy, your mom listens to some cool fucking shit!
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is the album undertow underrated?
Yes!

People should take it for what it is, and not judge it by the other album´s criteria.
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Old 07-15-2006, 12:30 PM   #52
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Re: is the album undertow underrated?

You can't listen to it in the same mood that you listen to lateralus in. I always come back and listen to it and realize how good it is, but then just go back to lateralus.
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I find Undertow to be Tool's darkest work.

When I listen to it, I hear pain, both past and present.

It's a masterpiece.
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Old 07-29-2006, 11:16 PM   #54
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Re: is the album undertow underrated?

without reading anyhting in this thread and to directly answer the threads question..

yes undertow is VERY underrated
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Old 07-30-2006, 02:40 PM   #55
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Re: is the album undertow underrated?

Definately underrated due to the fact its overshadowed by the complexity and deepness of Lateralus, Aenima and *cough* 10,000 Days. But it's great in it's own ways. I like the heavy hard rock sound which makes it different from Tool's other stuff (minus Opiate).

And Sober was the first Tool song I liked. I thought Stinkfist, Aenema, and 46 & 2 were sorta immature and stupid (didn't understand the lyrics and use to assume 46 & 2 was some sorta sex position...) but I liked the seriousness of Sober. I also thought it was about....the influence of alcohol. God if I knew what it was really about I would have disliked it (due to me being a former Christian).

But I'd place Undertow up their with Aenima and Lateralus.
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Re: is the album undertow underrated?

this is an interesting topic for me. undertow used to seem under par, and it was not one of my favorite tool cd's. but recently, i really gave it a good listen, its been a long time coming, and now i love it. i don't know if its just the fact that i love tool, or that unlike the other albulms nothing grabbed me right away. my answer is that this albulm is not sub par, in fact its much better than i ever thought possible. please, if you like tool and don't like undertow, give it another couple of listens. i'm telling you if songs like: undertow, bottom, crawl away, swamp song and 4 degrees don't begin to play in your head long after you stoped listening then maybe you should start questioning how much of a tool fan you really are.
this is really some of tool's most raw work (other than opiate), its before they were the polished entity they are now, and its nice to know where such genius originated from.
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Old 09-04-2006, 11:33 PM   #57
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Re: is the album undertow underrated?

I would say Undertow contains some of the band's best work, but I don't think the majority of current Tool fans (i.e. actively listening to the band's recent work and going to see them live as opposed to dropping them in the mid-90s) would agree. So I'd say, yeah, it's underrated. I love it; "Undertow" is my favorite Tool song and I think "Crawl Away" and "Flood" are amazing, too. The singles are both great (though I personally prefer "Prison Sex" to "Sober"; I know that's not a popular idea, but hey).
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Old 09-05-2006, 08:30 AM   #58
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Re: is the album undertow underrated?

Hang on a minute. Everybody agrees that Undertow is underrated. That means it can't be underrated becasue everyone thinks highly of it.

See the paradox.

It would only be underated if everyone in responce to this thread would say, "nerr... Aenima and Lateralus are a lot better".
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Old 09-05-2006, 09:03 AM   #59
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Re: is the album undertow underrated?

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Hang on a minute. Everybody agrees that Undertow is underrated. That means it can't be underrated becasue everyone thinks highly of it.

See the paradox.
I would argue that t.d.n is hardly representative of the general Tool-listening populous.
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Old 09-08-2006, 09:11 AM   #60
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Re: is the album undertow underrated?

undertow is awesome, but its not nearly is intricate or experimental as the later albums, which is not necessarily a bad thing.
adam's guitar tone on undertow was a bit weak compared to the wall of sound he has now, but its still a great cd. i could see the undertow era tool hanging out with alice in chains...
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undertow is awesome, but its not nearly is intricate or experimental as the later albums, which is not necessarily a bad thing.
adam's guitar tone on undertow was a bit weak compared to the wall of sound he has now, but its still a great cd. i could see the undertow era tool hanging out with alice in chains...
It isn't as experimental as they would later be as a band, but I think even in '94 they already had their own sound. I think of Undertow as thick and gritty. So damn good. I always put it on and just let it play whereas other albums there are songs that I will occasionally skip. And besides, Undertow has Flood. Underrated? hard to say. I don't know what the general consensus is.....but I know its a great album.
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Re: is the album undertow underrated?

Undertow is tied with Aenima for my favourite Tool album, and yes it is very underrated, mainly because the album is more alternative metal influenced then it is progressive metal influenced.
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