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Always the most artistically minded of the nü-metal torchbearers, this Cali-bred quintet push the envelope even further on this disc, which suggests Sonic Youth as often as it does Slayer. Frontman Chino Moreno sets the tone with disjointed lyrics, alternately creepy and compelling, that reach well beyond the usual tales of post-adolescent angst. "When Girls Telephone…  See more details below


Always the most artistically minded of the nü-metal torchbearers, this Cali-bred quintet push the envelope even further on this disc, which suggests Sonic Youth as often as it does Slayer. Frontman Chino Moreno sets the tone with disjointed lyrics, alternately creepy and compelling, that reach well beyond the usual tales of post-adolescent angst. "When Girls Telephone Boys" fuses sexual tension with semiotics-class brow-furrowing, while "Good Morning Beautiful" is an unabashed celebration of sensuality, as opposed to raw sexuality. The Deftones don't survive on words alone, though: Guitarist Stephen Carpenter is as prone to toss off an ether-dappled series of riffs (as on "Minerva") as he is to put the pedal to the metal. Further sonic depth is added by the sequencer strata laid down by Frank Delgado, who's moved well beyond the embryonic turntable scratching he brought to the band's earlier albums. Delgado's contributions send "Lucky You" spiraling into more psychedelic reaches and fix "Death Blow" in an undulating sea of gelatinous sound waves. If that makes Deftones sound like art, it is -- but it's art as a contact sport.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Deftones didn't really have a hard time with their third album, White Pony, since it received generally positive reviews and entered the Billboard charts at number three. However, the class of 2000/2001 nu-metalurgists overshadowed the group in terms of sales, even if they retained greater critical respect and a hardcore fan base, who nevertheless still registered some reluctance in regard to the artier, atmospheric, post-punk edges on White Pony. At first, their simply titled eponymous fourth album seems like a retreat from that territory, since as it opens with "Hexagram" it hits hard -- harder than they ever have, revealing how mushy Staind is, or how toothless Linkin Park is, even if it's a bit of a shame that Chino Moreno has resorted to guttural barking for singing. Deftones continue in that vein through much of the first half of the record, gradually working in more atmospheric numbers as the record draws to a close. That shift in mood has the strange effect of seeming confident at first, and then a retreat, even if the music they're retreating to is, by and large, more adventurous and reminiscent of White Pony. It feels as if Deftones feel compelled to strengthen their metallic roots and will sacrifice the very things that make them better and more interesting than the rest -- namely, their love of art rock, whether it's via the Cure or My Bloody Valentine. They don't abandon this impulse completely -- and when they marry it to their harder inclinations, the results are smashing, as on the lead single, "Minerva" -- which is welcome, since even if the harder stuff is done well (again, better than their peers), it doesn't carry nearly as much promise as when Deftones don't play by the nu-metal reviews. When they do play by the rules, they're good, but they're great when they don't follow a map. Deftones sticks a little too close to familiar territory this time around -- the sound is still good, but knowing that they have done a record like White Pony, this feels like a disappointment, especially because in its unevenness, it sounds like it is the album that should have come before this one.
Rolling Stone - Greg Kot
Just when new metal seemed utterly played out, Deftones blows open the possibilities.
Entertainment Weekly - Ken Tucker
This is as catchy as heavy gets. (B)

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Deftones 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The deftones come back hard with this new disc! They combine all your favorite elements from Adreniline, Around the Fur and White Pony with the most beautiful metal album there could ever be! Chino screams just as burly and sings as pretty as ever as the weve in and out of the music, while Steph lays down some of his heaviest riffs yet. This album is proof thant nu-metal can still be explored and taken to new heights. Deftones show there weren't gonna sell out or go soft like fellow bands in their genre! Buy this album!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that the Deftones new album is truly a work of art. I have always liked their Heavy Metal work because it is so idiosyncratic in it's own category and they make Metal catchy. I also like the fact that they don't try to hard like some modern bands of this day to stay cool. Record sales to them mean nothing, it's how the music gets to the audience, and that's what has got me listening to them, their music, not their popularity that they don't have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When i first bought this album, i listened through it in one sitting and was dissapointed at first. But after a few listens, it actually started to grow on me. the main problem with the album is that it sounds sort of like they put a lot of time and effort into the first three tracks, then just sort of slapped some stuff together for the last half of the album. I found this dissapointing because White Pony was a very good album. This album sounded almost as though it was just trying to repeat the format of White Pony all over again. Hexagram: a good opening track in which Chino spends most of the time screaming. But don't let that fool you because he doesn't particularly sound angry. This is unlike any song i have heard before and is very unique. you'd probably have to be open minded about it to enjoy it. Needles and Pins: Probably the best track of the CD with an overwhelmingly unique melody for the chorus and cryptic lyrics that will make you listen to it repeatedly to try to figure out what it all means. Minerva: first single and one of the best songs. It doesn't stray too far away from their works on previous albums, but very good nonetheless. Good Morning Beautiful: much too sappy during the versus. It starts off like a Smashing Pumpkins song. Deathblow: an astonishingly depressing song with twangy guitars and Chino singing full of sorrow. Good despite how much of a downer it is. When Girls telephone Boys: a rather odd track where Chino spends most of his time screaming with his pissed-and-demon-possessed voice that he has used in such songs as Korea off White Pony. (And if you read the lyrics, it even sounds like a musical sequal to the song Street Carp). Battle Axe: Sort of boring and slow. this is when the album starts to drop of drastically. it's probably the best of the worst. Lucky you: Worst song on the cd. it sounds like an erotic techno song they should be playing in a night club. Bloody Cape: Heavy guitar hooks with melodic vocals. It's short, sweet, and enjoyable, even though the lyrics don't really match the "angry" sound of it. Annivarsary of an Uninteresting Event: It's soft, extremely slow, with piano music. It's like something they would play at a wedding reception. Not a bad song, but it doesn't quite fit. Moana: kind of a dissapointing end to the album. it's not a bad song by itself, but it's nowhere near the epic closing track of White Pony, Pink Maggit. The reason i gave it three stars was because the songs don't really flow together to make the sound of an album as one whole. The songs are very expiremental, and they took a lot of risks. There are very good songs, then there are ones that drop off and dissapoint. For how long it took for them to come out with another album, only a few of the songs are worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this CD cefinetly gives a new sound for others to admire and follow. all of the parts are definetly covered and anyone can tell there is lots of emotion in this CD. i have always liked this type of music anf i would recomend it to andyone who enjoys the genre of rock. one thig that is omportant to me that there is not just screeming and banging(even though i don't really mind it every once in a while) but that there is talent involved as well and this qualifies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Definately a good approach now that we're all sick of the new metal sound that everyone seems to have these days but i think that the new style needs some tweaking. Its kind of choppy and i don't think it flows as well as their early albums. Not bad though and its good that somebody is trying new things.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album marks a good come back to the original Deftones hard driven sound. With pure emotion and raw determination to bring something original to the table that will rock your socks off. A definate buy!!
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