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Musical Evolution Rarely in the span of modern music has a band driven to instill intellectual quality in the minds of their listeners purely through passivity and grace The classical works of such masters as Beethoven and Bach produced this effect in earlier times transforming the complex rhythms and intense moods of concertos and operas from an enjoyment only for the culturally elite to an enlightenment appreciated by the masses These times tumultuous in political upheaval and rich in the sins of the upper class are not much different from the world today The technology and governments have changed but the cynicism and despair of youth remains as vibrant today as in Mozarts time Just as the classical masters moved beyond the elite to create a new outlet for the general populous a new modern band has risen from the darkness and decadence of southern California to bring a new intellectual awareness to todays youth Tools latest release nima is aesthetically and intellectually superior because the music exhibits both a complex and cerebral nature in style lyrical quality and emotional appeal The musicianship and style of nimas songs alone sets this album apart from the rest of popular music today Influence of the classical works is manifest in nima as an underlying tone forming with the musical training of the musicians themselves Adam Jones the lead guitarist began his musical career as a classical violinist in a school orchestra instead of garage bands like those guitarists of many popular bands today including Helmet or even Nirvana Jones also shaped the style of the band by his schooling as a stop-motion animator developing a keen eye for detail in creating the bands signature music videos Rarely appearing in their videos and reluctant to grant personal interviews Tool just wants the public to seem them for their art not their personal lives Tool is all about thinking for oneself and looking beyond normality-themes which
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