What’s the best part about Tool‘s Lateralus? What makes it the number two in my Tool Top 10? That catchy riffs with Adam and Justin intertwining? Maynard’s Fibonacci inspired (deliberate or otherwise) lyrics? Danny’s polyrythmic drumming? The cathartic last minute of the song? The laser show during the live set?

All of those things appeal to me, but my favorite parts of Lateralus are both guitar solos, and they are both in my opinion Adam’s finest hour. The first solo midway through the song is a catchy clean solo which hits all the right notes for me. Combined with Maynard’s great bridge moments later, it’s a mid track highlight.

The second solo is much less structured, yet just as good. I wouldn’t say the entire solo is improvised, but it is very chaotic and never sounds the same from show to show. Perhaps that’s how it’s meant to be – a contrast between the structured first half of the song, and the more chaotic second half. The song endorses the message of embracing the random after all. Or perhaps I’m just over analysing…