Dallas Observer author Garrett Gravley has written a new observation article about Tool’s recent live show on January 23, 2020.
In the article, he made a really bold statement about Maynard James Keenan‘s current singing skills. As you can read below, he said that Maynard’s “schism” performance was “disappointingly stale.”
You can read the entire statement here:
“Tool’s strengths lie in meditative instrumentals, obscure song structures, and labyrinthine time signatures, but somewhere along the way, these qualities have lost their luster. This was evident as they took the stage around 8:45 p.m. and kicked off with Fear Inoculum’s title track. Other cuts from the album, such as “Pneuma,” didn’t do Tool any favors.
These songs were delivered with enchanting visuals, but not even Maynard James Keenan’s vocals were able to add to this presentation. Keenan hasn’t lost his ability to maintain a delicate tone, and he still manages to economize his breath in such a way that lends consistent delivery across his broad vocal range, but even while performing classics like “Schism,” his vocals come off as disappointingly stale.
Still, Keenan exuded more personality from his voice than from his demeanor, though not for lack of trying. During numerous instrumental breaks, he danced around like a monkey, and as minimal as the stage banter was, Keenan dedicated the Fear Inoculum single “Invincible” to Terry Jones of Monty Python fame, who died Tuesday.”