I’ve had around 24 hours now to digest 10,000 Days and on my first listen I was slightly dissappointed. Many parts of the record seemed to go against what I’d read in the press over the last few months. I didn’t think the album was as heavy as portrayed, nor was the production as good as I thought it would be. My initial impressions with the songs was there there were too many long slow songs, without many high and lows.
Though I was concerned, these are essentially the same kind of feelings I had after listening to Lateralus and Aenima for the first time. In the back of my mind I knew that this would most likely be a good thing, since both of those albums have gone on to be in what I’d consider my top 10 list.
After that first listen, the track that stood out the most for me was Jambi, it is the heaviest on the album, and really shows the much touted Meshuggah influence. That guitar solo really sends tingles down my spin, and the general mood of the track is great.
I also really got into Lost Keys and Rosetta Stoned. Just the wierdness and the humour behind these tracks really seemed to appeal to me, and Rosetta Stoned kinda reminded me of Third Eye.
After a couple more listens, the album definitely has grown on me, and hopefully I’ll have a better review later once I’ve had more time to fully absorb the experience. I probably couldn’t have asked for a better Birthday Present than to have 10,000 Days on my iPod…..