Tool - "Fear Inoculum" - 2019. 10 minutes, 21 seconds
In 2019, when Tool released their fifthFear Inoculum, there was a perfect storm of hype. Not only was it their first album in thirteen years, but they were absent from streaming services, elevating the band to the status of inaccessible legends. About three weeks before the release of Fear Inoculum, the band's back catalogue was finally released to streaming services, resulting in their 1996 album Ænima and their 2001 album Lateralus reentering the charts, as well as their older songs taking up five of the top ten spots on the iTunes chart. A cynic might suspect that they planned the whole thing.
The title track was the first single released from Fear Inoculum, and again, its length is pretty typical for the album, even a little modest. As with New Blue Sun, all but one of the tracks tops ten minutes, and the seven tracks add up to around 79 minutes, which is the maximum duration of a CD. Bands who are partial to really long songs have really benefitted from the end of physical media - the digital version of Fear Inoculum contains three extra tracks!
But if you're willing to forego those extra tracks (they're just segues, anyway,) there's a deluxe edition of the CD that's packaged in a booklet with a rechargeable 4" HD screen and a 2-watt speaker that displays the videos, which is the craziest album packaging since the Flaming Lips issued an EP on a USB stick encased in a marijuana-flavoured gummi brain.