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Critical reception

{{#invoke:Album ratings|main}} Upon its release, the album was met with generally favourable reviews by mainstream music critics, citing the band's innovation and ambitions within the album's sound. Rob Theakston of AllMusic gave the album a positive review, stating that "Tool explore the progressive rock territory previously forged by such bands as King Crimson. However, Tool are conceptually innovative with every minute detail of their art, which sets them apart from most bands."<ref name="Allmusic Review"/> Jon Wiederhorn of Entertainment Weekly said that Ænima was "one of 1996's strangest and strongest alt-metal records", earning the album an A- score.<ref name="Knopper">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> David Fricke gave the album 4.5 out of 5 stars on Rolling Stone, saying that the band shoves "their iron-spike riffing and shock-therapy polemics right up the claustrophobic dead end of so-called alternative metal in the name of a greater metaphysical glory", calling it "very admirable" and "even a bit impressive", going on to say that "the best parts of Ænima come when Tool just let the music rip".<ref name="Fricke"/> The USA Today gave the album three stars out of a possible four, citing the album as Tool's best release, and that the combination of the band's sound combined with the vocal capabilities of frontman Maynard James Keenan creates an album that is "Pandora's toolbox". The review concludes with "Open at your own risk."<ref name="Gundersen &desc=Sheik%27s+wide%2C+romantic+rock+Other+strong+offerings+from+Johnnys+Paycheck+and+Gill"/> A review on Sputnik Music gave the album a 5 out of 5, with the reviewer claiming that the album has "got the most consistently brilliant set of songs (filler tracks aside) out of practically any album I can think of". The reviewer mentions that the album has a lot of filler tracks, but mentions that these "get incredibly annoying" at times, but that "the proper songs here are more than refined enough, and they're damn well good enough, to make up for this 'flaw.'"<ref>Aenima Review - Tool - by Tom USER. Retrieved August 15th, 2011</ref> Reviews posted on UG praised the album, citing strength in the album's sound and in particular its lyrics.<ref>Aenima Review | Tool | Compact Discs | Reviews @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com</ref> The webzine Metal Storm scored the album a 10, and gave it a positive review.

Not all reviews were totally positive. While the album managed to score a positive review in Rolling Stone, The Rolling Stone Album Guide was extremely critical of the album, citing its weaknesses especially when compared to the likes of the band's later releases. "With Aenima, the band's ambitions nearly get the best of them. The increasing density of their relentlessly downcast music, augmented by occasional electronic noises, begins to feel ponderous. "I've been wallowing in my own chaotic insecure delusions," Maynard James Keenan mutters, and the music indulges him. The claustrophobic production doesn't help."

Commercial performance

On March 4, 2003, the album was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America,<ref name="Theiner"/> and has been certified platinum by the ARIA<ref name="ARIA-1997-albums">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> and platinum by MC.<ref>"Canadian certifications – Tool". Music Canada. Retrieved January 26, 2013.</ref> The album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart upon its initial release. As of July 7, 2010, Ænima has sold 3,429,000 copies in the US.


The album appeared on several lists of the best albums of 1996,<ref name="acclaimedaenima"/> including that of Kerrang!<ref name="Kerrang! End of Year Lists"/> and Terrorizer.<ref name="Terrorizer End of Year Lists"/> The track "Ænema" won the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1998.<ref name="40th Annual Grammy Awards – 1998"/> In 2003, Ænima was ranked the 6th most influential album of all time by Kerrang!<ref name=""/> In 2006, it placed 14th on a Guitar World readers poll that attempted to find the best 100 guitar albums.<ref>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }} A copy can be found at {{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> In 2014, readers of Rhythm voted it the third greatest drumming album in the history of progressive rock.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

Ænima sections
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