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100
Sputnikmusic

I could sit here and praise Ænima forever, but at the end of the day, it's an album that has to be experienced; words really can't deliver in the same way sitting down with your headphones on and blasting this album out can. This is the band's best album -- hands down.

91
Entertainment Weekly

Aenima is a jagged, brooding nightmare filled with roaring guitars, abrupt rhythm shifts, and jarring sound effects. One of 1996’s strangest and strongest alt-metal records.

90
AllMusic
For their second release, Tool explore the progressive rock territory previously forged by such bands as King Crimson. However, Tool are conceptually innovative with every minute detail of their art, which sets them apart from most bands.
79
Pitchfork

Maintaining their overall crunch and sound, Aenima is a step up in production and experimentation from previous releases, giving the rage a glossy coat, so to speak.

50
Spin
Tool's genre is yawning-chasm metal - instead of concrete songs beginning and ending, volume knobs simply open and close, engulfing you like a sperm whale's mouth. With this mess, It's the first time Tool have ever trooly sounded like their name.
dearsongs
NR

One last thing. This is how Maynard was dressing when Tool toured this album.
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JustSomeGuy
99

Re-review:
You guys don't understand what it's taking me not to give this a perfect score. I've listened to this album so many times that I've lost count. I love all of the main songs here so much that I would call absolutely all of them a 10/10. The reason why I'm not giving it its rightful perfect score? Those goddamn interludes!

Before I start praising this album beyond belief, I'm going to talk about the one thing I dislike about this album, and its those goddamn interludes. Before this ... read more

KoopaToad18
85

A shorter review for a change of pace (maybe I don't know what how much I'm gonna write here):

Tool's "Ænima" packs its runtime w/ rhythmically interesting & catchy-as-hell grooves & riffs, as well as some really great vocals from Maynard James Keenan, whether they're distorted or not. When it comes to the groove, pretty much all of these tracks bring a lot to the table in terms of making the album absolutely hypnotic to listen to. Tracks like "Stinkfist", ... read more

Swoogles
90

It's TOOL at their best, there is no description just TOOL.

MoaningOnVinyl
83

Boring at times, but the good parts are really fucking good.
Favorite tracks: Aenima, H, Eulogy
Least favorite tracks: Jimmy, Third Eye

blackgazekris
90

A surreal, ethereal, and mind-altering journey of cleansing one's soul...

9/10

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Added on: December 18, 2012