Tool - Ænima turns 20 this year.
The ephemerality of time can be a difficult thing to cope with, especially when an eidetic part of your youth becomes a decade older.
Since its 1996 debut, Ænima has changed the life of anyone willing to fully digest its subversive and judicious messaging. Known as not only one of the greatest rock albums to come out of the 90s, but also one of the most untowardly comedic, the transformative arrangement feels as if its born from a realm of both anguish and amusement. The title of the album itself serves as a reminder of this, utilizing the Latin diphthong ligature Æ to create an innately powerful word by combining “Anima” – one’s soul, psyche or spirit – with “Enema” – a device used to flush undesirable matter out of the body.
Tool is among the last major holdouts on digital music, as none of their work is available on any of the streaming services or even iTunes. Of course, however, the only correct way to listen to Tool is an album at a time.