on June 20, 2000
Depth, layers, twisting and turning textures...this is what "White Pony" is all about! The boys have done it again, continuing with the growth evident from "Adrenaline" to "Around The Fur". A stand-out album in 2000 and in the whole genre.
The seething, boiling rage is still there - pure and untouched. It's just channeled and expressed with more maturity, nuance and sophistication now. The Deftones make more use of texture, contrast and atmosphere/space in the music on this album to get their point across. It makes the music more compelling and even more dark and haunting...listen to the brilliance of "Digital Bath" and "Rx Queen" to hear what I mean -- brooding rage played with grace and finesse.
There's more variety here...different song structures, experimentation with different beats, layers and instrumentation, more contrasting sound choices...but make no mistake, THIS IS THE DEFTONES. They have not made the classic mistake of "growing" so much that they sound disjointed, incoherent...or like another band altogether. It still bears the classic Deftone scars....relentless, oppressive, biting guitars, pounding bass, precise, grooving drums...and Chino's sensual, keening, expressive vocals.
Some of the best, most aggressive riffs the Deftones have come up with are on this album...check out the fury of "Elite" and the syncopated, chunky metal-laden "Street Carp." More textures and sounds coaxed out of the guitars on this release.
Also, Chino has grown by leaps and bounds. His sultry, whispery howl is still present...but he explores the higher registers more often (singing, not screaming) and there is more modulation and shading to his voice, more of a sense of melody and nuance. And there's vocal harmonies at some points...a virtual first for the Deftones. They work. But do not fear -- Chino's blood-curdling, savage screaming intensity is still in full force.
Once again, the secret weapon of this band is Abe Cunningham...the drumming on "White Pony" is full of precision, monstrous grooves, tension and release, and coloring and subtlety. Abe gives the songs breath, momentum and finesse. Great stuff.
There is absolutely no filler here. So picking standouts is tough...but don't miss "Feiticiera", "Digital Bath" (with a riff/motif that will stick in your brain), the haunting yet melodic "Knife Party", the monster groove of "Korea" and the absolutely scary "Passenger" -- a collaboration with Maynard James Keenan of Tool and A Perfect Circle.
Groove that will stand your hairs on end.
on March 13, 2005
Released in 2000, White Pony is still a landmark in popular hard rock, often showing up in various places as one of the best albums of its respective year and even all time. Still, nearly five years later it is considered to be Deftones' masterpiece and the height of their artistic and commercial success. As I type this, Deftones are preparing to release their fifth album, so the future of White Pony's title is unsure, and I think I speak for all Deftones fans when I say that I hope it gets knocked down by the new release.
It's hard to swallow White Pony at points, and it definitely takes time to grow on you, but subsequent listens of the record in its entirety open up its true brilliance. The way White Pony is constructed is confusing, but after breaking it down, it becomes a little more manageable. Basically, it's not a full-blown concept album, but it does have a very conceptual and almost progressive feel throughout, as indicated by the many shifts in styling and song structure, yet retaining a consistent feel. The way I see it, the album can best be described as one piece, with twelve different movements that send it in different directions while managing to keep it all tied together to common thematic elements and various motifs. In its raw instrumentation, this album may not be as complex as a Dream Theater album, but the way it is put together can be just as brilliant if you listen to it in the right way and with an open mind.
The journey of White Pony is like traveling through a nightmare. It opens the listener up to explore the psyche of a sleeping human mind, the time when little makes sense in the human brain and its functions. In this way, it can best be described as an album that almost makes little sense on the surface, but in a slightly schizophrenic wave of emotion it can take you to places you never thought you could go, and this is illustrated beautifully with Chino's amazing singing and intriguing lyrics.
Back To School opens the album with an offset interpretation of the album's closer. It's important to note the full title, BTS (mini maggit) as will later be described. Though a lot of Deftones fans and otherwise were a little put off by the addition of a radio-friendly, rap-laden song that they felt interrupted the mood of the album, I think it actually adds to the flow and the message of White Pony as a whole. More on this later.
Next is where the nightmare really begins, with the dark Feiticeira, a hectic, free-flowing piece. With a lack of real song structure and a sketchy guitar line, this song builds up to an almost frightening conclusion as Chino whisper/screams "Soon I'll let you go" over a frantic background of scorching guitars and heavy bass. Frank Delgado makes his grand entrance here as well, with a great complement of wind noises and atmospheric texture that will come to be very prominent on this release. This song is brilliantly able to paint a picture in your mind through Chino's amazing lyrics along with his vocal delivery. The instrumental music is very important as well, as we can feel Chino's interpretation of what's going on in his own mind. This is the famous kidnapping song, and it is a daunting tale.
The final dissonant chord of Feiticeira fades out into a trippy drumbeat of Digital Bath, one of the more popular singles Deftones have released. Despite its apparent radio-friendliness (which is actually not so friendly at all) this is simply an amazing song. On it's own, it's just one of the greatest songs Deftones have ever released. With Chino's soaring vocal lines over heavy two-guitar trade-offs and more atmospheric texture from Delgado, the song is so powerful it leaves me in awe. However, on a scale of White Pony's context, it is merely the next step in the nightmare. This story is that of someone who kills his girlfriend as she bathes by way of electrocution. It's a terrifying premise, but is almost masked by the great delivery of the song. The song has two climactic points, one at around 2:30 when the music drops off and the electronic bubble effect (ah, the beauty of motifs) rains down on a bleak guitar line before Chino whispers the haunting "You breathed and then you stopped. I breathed and dried you off..." at which point the guitar takes over with a screeching harmonic, almost as if the character is screaming on the inside but--just like a nightmare--cannot force it out himself.
Elite blasts through the speakers next with a very heavy backdrop of spiraling guitars and bass with crashing cymbals laced throughout. This song may seem unlistenable the first time, but after awhile the screaming just melds into the background and you realize what it's there for. It's almost a robotic song (check the breakdown with Chino's voice effects), which solidifies with a later guitar riff that is very syncopated and almost machine-like that ends the song. This song lacks the "usual Deftones dynamic," but it still rocks and is important as a flowing piece of the ever-growing nightmare. As to how it fits in, I think it's open for interpretation.
Immediately following Elite is the more laid-back and moody Rx Queen, which is an extremely bizarre song with heavy percussive effects and stuttering bass. Possibly the simplest guitar song Deftones have written, it is still effective and manages to convey a haunting atmosphere. In short, this song is again almost a frantic plea for help from someone ["You're my girl and that's alright, if you sting me I won't mind"].
Street Carp slides in with a brief guitar intro before the band crashes in full force. It's a hard-rock smash similar to Lhabia from Around The Fur. It's a great song, despite the fact that it might at first seem to lack any defining or interesting qualities. It's like a rush of adrenaline in the midst of a calm atmosphere. This is where the beauty of White Pony's construction shines as well, because it almost doesn't make sense being on the album, yet it manages to mold in perfectly with the other songs. Just like a nightmare makes no sense unless you're actually experiencing it. Starting to make sense?
Here is where we see the biggest shift for the rest of the album. It doesn't start declining here, by any means, as it is my opinion that tracks 8-12 are the best on the album and the climax of the record also occurs in that space. However, the central theme is shifted from a fervent dream state into a true twisted nightmare.
The nylon-string opening acoustic riff of Teenager may shock some, given Deftones' track record, but, as has been displayed multiple times both on this album and their previous releases (though in perhaps a more subtle way), Deftones are truly capable of great beauty. This song holds Delgado's most obvious presence, with a scratching line and trip-hop beat that still manages to be more about atmosphere and texture than it does DJ hack-n-slash. Still, it's a mellow trip that makes me think of lying down outside looking at a star-filled sky. It's also a very melancholy ballad of lost love and pensive reflection.
The next song, Knife Prty is hardly describable by any human words, a masterpiece in and of itself, not to mention in the scope of the entire album. The opening chords lead into a pounding distorted introduction that's just as beautiful as it is heavy. A moving bass line from Chi serves as a great foundation for the chord voicing glory of the guitar riffs and some of Chino's greatest (and most bizarre) lyrics ["My knife is sharp and chrome, come see inside my bones. All the fiends of the block, I'm the new king. I'll take the queen."] This song makes you feel like you are moving in slow motion and floating. The chorus contradicts with the verse as the intensity is picked up, a masterful arrangement technique Deftones have slowly perfected in their songs. The bridge is incredible in its weirdness, with the (again) frantic crooning of guest vocalist Rodleen over the bizarre chord progressions from Carpenter. Musical perfection at its finest as the band crashes into the final chorus over an absolutely terrifying shriek. You must hear this song to find its beauty.
Korea bellows in next as one of the heaviest and most dissonant songs on Deftones' catalogue. It's an extremely vague song, lyric-wise, but the haunting atmosphere created by the swirling DJ sound effects and bleak guitar line is very effective and this is a great song. The bridge is one of the highlights on the album, as the bombastic and sliding guitar line leads into the final moment of heaviness that sets the stage for the next song.
Intensifying sound effects lead up to one of my favorite Deftones guitar riffs ever for the intro of the brilliant Passenger. The dexterous guitar riff and heavy bass boost the shrouded vocal interplay between Maynard (Tool, A Perfect Circle) and Chino as the story unfolds even further, a doomed car ride. The way I see it, this song tells the story of an unwilling victim who is trapped and forced to drive in the dark without any vision of the outside world, but as they begin to go faster and faster, the exhilaration excites the victim and he begins to enjoy it ["This time won't you please drive faster."]. It's a twisted song. The dissonant and bleak piano line that lead to the final throws of heavy guitar havoc (and the climax of the album) are intense and dark, giving the image of the car driving off a cliff at top speed. The fading piano that ends the song tinges it with the dark atmosphere that leads into Change.
Change (In The House of Flies) picks up where Passenger left off, a very ghost-like and creepy song. This song was a relatively popular radio hit, but it still is one of the best on the album. Its soaring vocal melodies and metaphorically brilliant lyrics ["I watched you change into a fly, I looked away, you were on fire."] convey a message that encompasses the entire album. As for it's true meaning, there's plenty of room for interpretation. This song is heavy, dark, and dissonant but still floating and beautiful.
Pink Maggit is where everything comes together. Back To School, which starts the album, is a spin-off of this song, but it works out nicely as the album starts with it but finishes with Pink Maggit, a more twisted version of it, as displays the course of the album. It's a bleak and moody song with a cool guitar line and a whispered melody from Chino before the band crashes in and allows the album to finish itself with a final explosion.
Overall, this album is one that will stand strong against the test of time. I think the greatness behind it is in its weird and unorthodox structuring, while also delivering great guitar riffs and a good share of heavy rocking. There's a good amount of symbolism in it as well, which lends it to being an effort for which much discovery is necessary. Its ability to transport you to another place is amazing, and is also where the true talent of Deftones lies, as a creative unit rather than individual instrumentalists. Deftones are closer to mastering their sound with this release, employing more guitar, turntable, and vocal interplay that add to the texture and mood, a feat they would later master on the successor, Deftones.
on July 12, 2005
The Deftones formed in the late 1980's, but didn't release their first real C.D. until 1995. This album, "Adrenaline," was very heavy, raw, and energetic. In 1997, they released "Around the Fur," another heavy album, and one that helped the Deftones step out of Korn's shadow. "Adrenaline" and "Around the Fur" were two of the first ever nu-metal albums, and many modern nu-metal bands have cited the Deftones as an influence, but these albums' sales did not compare with the good reviews they got from critics.
This C.D., the group's only to go platinum, is when the Deftones really came into their own, because with their third album, the Deftones seemed like they wanted to slay the horse they rode in on. It's about 10 times less heavy than "Adrenaline" and "ATF," and the hip-hop influence is all but eliminated. The Deftones despise the "nu-metal" label, and have tried hard to get rid of it. I believe "The White Pony" isn't rap/nu-metal; I'd call it more of an alternative or progressive or melodic metal album. Some of the Deftones' past seeps through into some of these songs (as you'll see below), but, for the most part, this sounds like a completely new band. The new sound alienated some old-school headbangers, but, since this is the Deftones' most accessible and easy-to-listen to album, it also attracted many new fans. I'm not sure if Chino and Co. would have made this album if their two predecessors, the heavier albums, were more popular, but "The White Pony" is very smooth, melodic, atmospheric, and often pretty.
When writing this album, there was some commotion amongst the band members (particularly guitarist Steph Carpenter and singer Chino Moreno), but the result was an album that's probably the second best C.D. to be released since the year 2000 (second only to Tool's "Lateralus").
1. "Back to School": One of the disc's three singles. "The White Pony" was originally released without this song, but the Deftones re-released it a few months later, and "Back to School" was included. Even though there is some proper singing, this song mostly consists of "Adrenaline"-esque riffs and rapping. It's the second heaviest song on here, but that makes it not a very good representation of the album as a whole. It's funny that "Around the Far" had a song about summer, and this album has a song about returning to school.
2. "Feiticeira": Even though it has a fairly fast opening riff and fast pace throughout, Chino's clean singing makes this song not very heavy. (That is often the case with this album, actually; the music is sort of hard, but Chino makes it keeps it melodic.) This song is lyrically interesting; it's about a kidnaping scenario.
3. "Mechanical Bath": This song, especially the beginning, is among the most pretty, soothing, and atmospheric that the Deftones have ever written. It has very spacey sounding guitars, but this song is mainly vocals and a slow drum beat. The choruses are still hard, and the song gains momentum and ends with some guitar riffs. Lyrically, this song is about a sexual fantasy Chino has, which involves a woman taking a bath; thus, a few seconds of this song sounds like water dripping from a faucet.
4. "Elite": The Deftones throw us a curve ball for track four, by writing their heaviest song ever. This song's relentless guitars and energy, and raging, robotic vocals should make for a great mosh pit. "Elite" is definitely a personal favorite, even if it is a little bit out of place.
5. "RX Queen": The verses of this song have some guitar strings that make a "ner ner" sound, but this is mainly a melodic and very spacey song. This song has more hard choruses, which create a good friction between the verses and the choruses. Pretty much just one drum beat runs throughout this song, and it ends with some whispering.
6. "Street Carp": Another example of a song which has a few riffs and is fairly fast paced, but it is ultimately only semi-heavy.
7. "Teenager": An absolutely breathtaking song with great singing. It was originally a song by Team Sleep (Chino's side project), but the Deftones adopted it. There are some light, repetitive guitar strings, and what sounds like a distant drum beat, but "Teenager" is mainly music made from turntables. If I could describe this song in one word it would be "b-e-a-utiful."
8. "Knife Party": This song begins with light guitar strumming, but then the riffs become heavy, and briefly create a crunch. Chino sings "I could float here forever/we can't touch the floor;" lyrics which might refer to being high off of drugs. And those lyrics are very fitting because this song makes you feel like you're among the clouds. The verses are very leisurely, the song gains speed in the choruses (where Chino repeats the line: "Go get your knife"), and then the beat comes down a few notches, near the end, where some awesome female vocals are included.
9. "Korea": The lyrics to this song don't really make sense, but all is forgiven because "Korea" has a bouncy rhythm with some heavy riffs and throaty yells.
10. "Passenger": This one opens with some swirling, sweeping noise. Some parts are hard, and the choruses are riff driven, but the drums are much slower than the guitars. Tool's Maynard James Keenan guests on this song; he and Chino trade off singing lines in the verses. Since this song is about driving, it sort of echoes "Be Quiet and Drive," except "Passenger" has a chorus which is more likely to get stuck in your head, and it ends with what sounds like a piano.
11. "Change": "The White Pony"'s most popular single (and, actually, the only Deftones song I've ever heard on the radio). The soft strumming and "breathing" (which is made possible by DJ Frank Delgado), makes the beginning of this song sound fuzzy; like it is being played through an old radio. Add some more good singing and sci-fi lyrics, and this is another very atmospheric, and at times eerie, song. The verses are so restrained, you can almost hear Chino breathe in at one point. And Chino sings very well in the choruses; he extends the words/syllables (particularly the end of the word "fly"), and holds the same note for a while.
12. "Pink Maggot": The most mellow song on this record. It's almost a capella, except for a few occasional strums, until about the three minute mark, when the guitars and drums speed up and Chino sings lyrics which are from track one, "Back to School." This song, and the album, ends with a sluggish thumping noise, which sounds like a baby's heart beat.
--And here's a review for "Boys Republic," if you got the version of "The White Pony" that has an extra track at the end of the album: This track is decent, but it's nothing spectacular. It's fast paced and has some more OK riffs, but it ends too soon and isn't as catchy or memorable as the rest of the album. It's only worth spending extra money for this song if you're a diehard 'Tones fan.
This album's follow up, 2003's "Deftones," returned the Deftones to their heavy, riff based roots. I don't want to say heavy metal is what the Deftones are best at, since this album was so breathtaking, but it is, evidently, the type of music that comes naturally to them. That's partially why "The White Pony" is so special--because there will probably never be another album like this by the Deftones...or any band!
In conclusion, "The White Pony" is one great ride. You don't have to like the rest of the Deftones material to like this, because this is not only very mature, unique, and breathtaking, it is also one of the best C.D.'s of the new millennium. I recommend it to anybody who loves music.
on May 12, 2001
The deftones have come a long way since adrenaline, and over the years they have surpassed numerous metal bands in almost every way (vocals, drums, bass, lyrics, etc.). Deftones are beyond Korn, Slipknot, Metallica, and RAGE. Chino Moreno's voice is the future for heavy metal/alternative bands. He can sing, rap, scream, and make his voice turn all crazy and still make it sound melodic. The drummer (Abe Cunningham) is vital to the band and makes every beat sound intense and filled with aggression and feeling. Chi Cheng's bass skills and Stephen Carpenters's strings are even more so awe-inspiring and add to the overall eminence of the WHITE PONY...and also, DJ Frank Delgado blends in very well with the band. Even though this band does not get much airplay, it's due to special reasons. The WHITE PONY is simply a masterpiece. Playing it on the radio would ruin its quality, and degrade the overall greatness. It is too damn complex,intricate, and devilishly amazing to be put out on radio. The full effect and affection of this album can be witnessed by just listening it on high quality CD sound. The WHITE PONY will always be revered as the best metal album of the future. This is one great band and they're way up there with Radiohead. Deftones is all about music and art, and it shows through all of their songs(especially digital bath and korea). No other band can compare to what these guys have accomplished...JUST BUY THE WHITE PONY.
on August 6, 2000
Deftones have changed but its not a bad change at all. They kept that Deftones felling and evolved into a sound that leaves your mind in a trance. I'll just do a 1-10 scale showing my thoughts on every song.
Feiticeira- 8.3/10 An excelent opening to the early pick for best album of 2000. A story of a kidnaping with a slow but moderatly heavy guitar.
Digital Bath- 10/10 I swear this will be their second single of this album. A ballad with Frank mixing in seemlessly and Chino using his voice to its full potential. Don't really know the meaning of this song.
Elite- 9.2/10 The lyrics are cryptic but when you really think about them its about someone shy realising his/hers full potential but abusing it after all. Definatly their heaviest song to date and its nice to hear Chino scream but it seems to similar throughout the song to be a full 10. Best lyrics in the whole album including "when your ripe you'll bleed out of control" and "Your into deppression cause it matches your eyes"
RX Queen- 8.1/10 A slower atmoshpheric song like Digital Bath but heavier. To me the meaning is about an old man losing faith in this world and doing suicide to escape.
Street Carp- 7.9/10 Heavier but not as nearly as heavy as Elite. Chino making you believe he forgot his phone number is a cool touch to a cool song.
Teenager- 8.9/10 A very slow acustic/technoish song about someones first love. The lyrics aren't as cryptic as other songs and Chino's voice is simply angelic.
Knife Prty- 10/10 My favorite song on this album. Heavy but not something you could mosh to like Elite. The depictions of violence and blood are covered up in a sense cool line is "in here we are all anemic, In here anemic and sweet" The female singers scream in the background is spine chilling.
Korea- 9.1/10 Very much like the old Deftones as it was the first song written for this album. Heavy with some very original guitar cuts and Chino goes back to that oh so familiar scream. Lyrics are cryptic as hell.
Passanger- 9.3/10 Blend together the 2 best vocalists of all time (Moreno and Keenan) and you get a masterpiece. A story of a kidnaping again but this time a kidnaping that is accepted by the victim.
Change (in the house of flies)- 9.0/10 Very My Own Summer-ish with metaphorical lyrics (I think). The video is cool and depicts the atmosphere good by the way. Very well written on all sides.
Pink Magget- 9.0/10 Starts off slow with only singing and some spaced guitar work but evolves into one of the best songs on the album. Its the story of being the coolest kid in school and later in life getting knocked down. The heartbeat at the end is the perfect end for this album.
on November 4, 2000
First of all, I didn't have the original White Pony. I got this because it was the same price, and had an extra track. If you don't have this version, you can download Back to School from the CD Xtra. Okay?
Now to business. This is a wonderful album. Each song is unique, so I have to reveiw it song by song.
Back to School: An excelent song/single. I'm glad I got this version because it's so cool. The second most agressive song on this album, sounding like a combination of Minus Blindfold, My Own Summer, and Pink Maggot. It's argualbly the best song the Deftones do live, too. 10/10
Feticeria: This is not as good an opener at Back to School. It still is good, however. The lyrics are a bit clear for a Deftones song, like My Own Summer. However, it still isn't personal, so in the end, it's just your regular Deftones song. 7/10
Digital Bath: One of my favorite songs of all time. This features Chino on the guitar, and has weird lyrics like Root. However, this is NOT a mosh pit song. It is a bit slow, but makes up for that in its great sound. 10/10
Elite: Yuck. This is nothing but ultra heavy riffs, and Chino screaming, "When you're ripe, you'll bleed out of control!" After reading the lyrics, I discovered what this song is really about. If I say it in this review, Amazon.com won't post it. 3/10
RX Queen: This is a weird song. It features the new DJ as a second percussion part. Nice cryptic lyrics, though. 5/10
Street Carp: Short and heavy. Sounds like a shorter version of Feticeria with better riffs. Probably the fourth heaviest song on the album. 8/10
Teenager: SOFT is the key word. This slow song abot high school romance is toughing, but doesn't sound like the Deftones. If you like this song, get any Eels album; it sounds a lot like them. 6/10
Knife Prty: A combination of all the styles of this album like Root and Far Away were on their respective albums. I like the screaming female vocals in the background 10/10
Korea: This is a great aggressive song like 7 Words. Great transition in the middle like Root. It's the opener in the Back to School tour, and in my city, it got everyone up. 10/10
Passanger: The best song on the album. It features Maunard James Keenan of Tool and A Perfect Circle fame. The vocals and riffs are amazing stuff. 10/10
Change: A bit slow; too misleading for a first single. If you ask me, Korea would have been a better single. Oh well... it's still a good song 7/10
Pink Maggot: In every Deftones album, there's a good, long closer. This is no exception. Starting off with slow power chords and vocals, this evolves into a song that I like as much as Back to School. There's a nice heartbeat noise at the end. 10/10
Well, that's my two cents. If you haven't got this album already, buy it. It totally rocks.
on April 11, 2004
Ok, I cant even classify Deftones or stick them to a label. They're too good for that. They're sound is as unique and as beautiful as their songs. To me, they are unparalleled, and this CD proves it. Every song on the cd has a different emotion and feeling that is conveyed. Here is what every song makes me feel...
-Back To School- A rush from start to finish, a feeling of energy, emotion, and action. You'll find you cant get this song out of your head. Awesome in every way.
-Feticeria- Anyone who says this song is mediocre, needs to hear it again. My favorite, the vocals and drumbeat fit together perfectly. Just listen to the drums. The bridge for this song is AMAZING.
-Digital Bath- I can only convey this song in one word... BEAUTIFUL.
-Elite- Get angry! Anytime that you're mad at someone and feel like you need release, listen to this song. Dont pay attention to the lyrics, just the sound of it. You'll think they wrote this song just for you.
-RX Queen- Another song where the drums, vocals, and guitz work together like harmony. Great song. Deep and Dark.
-Street Carp- Good rush of energy and Guitar riffs. Classic song that holds its ground after many times played.
-Teenager- Mellow, dramatic song. Chill out or sleep. Again, the beat is amazing. I love the way the DJ works into this song.
-Knife Prty- Out of anyone I've talked to, they'd say that this was their favorite song off the CD, and you'll see why. Its amazing, deep, and beautifully put together. GREAT.
-Korea- This song is like a suckerpunch. It comes out of nowhere and it blows you away. It comes in hard, calms down, gets hard again, and never lets you forget it. I love the sound.
-Passenger- Maynard's appearance on this is great. This song is so elegant, yet stays true to distorted guitar. Chino's voice and Maynard's are so much on the same level you'll have a hard time differentiating. This song is the best on the cd.
-Change(in the house of flies)- This song is so full of life to me, I can listen to it once only listening to the singing and be blown away, then do the same for the drums, then guitar, then bass, and it all has different effects. Great song.
-Pink Maggit- Perfect ending for a magnificent cd. Instead of just landing a hard song and dropping you off, leaving you wanting more, this song eases you slowly and dramatically towards the end of the cd. Oh, you'll still be wanting more, but this last song will at least make the cd seem more complete.
And thats what I think about this cd. You'll love it, trust me. This CD is worth buying. Through and through.
on January 8, 2015
Beautiful album, what I consider the Deftones' opus. The amazing pulsing and shifting bass lines make me a bit melancholy now, knowing that the bass player Chi Cheng passed away in a coma after a tragic car accident. It doesn't take away from the powerful nature of the songs though, and their clever melding of 80s new-wave writing sensibilities and driving metal riffs with Tool-like textures of dissonant chords. Speaking of Tool, Maynard James Keenan makes a guest appearance on vocals for Passenger, supporting Chino.
The standout track for me is 'Knife Party', which, despite its musical complexity at least rhythmically, presents a coherant and emotional soundtrack to an extreme of love, of Eros burning. The 'whistle register' singing of Rodleen Getsic in place of a traditional solo is haunting and beautiful and fitting for the song. Unfortunately she is also no longer with us, but this album will always remain as a testament to emotional songwriting.
As far as the vinyl quality goes, it's quite a dark sounding album with a 'standard' needle. The cymbals and hi-hat are quite quiet without EQ, however the guitar is pulsing and strong at the forefront and the bass is very well-defined. The packaging is quite nice, though bulky with thick high quality cardboard used. I am happy with it and listen to it regularly.
on May 1, 2002
The Deftones are one of those bands that has become a victim of its own success (and fans). Too often, they're grouped in with the current wave of rap/metal bands polluting the airwaves and MTV. On the contrary, the only thing that the Deftones share in common with bands like Korn, Kid Rock and Limp Bizkit is their fanbase. "The White Pony" demonstrates why this band deserves a second look from critics and fans alike.
Although this is really a rock album at heart, there is much diverstiy among the songs on this disc. "Elite" and "Street Carp" showcase the Deftones roots in hard rock, as both tracks are relatively straightforward and guitar-driven. On the other hand, there's the acoustic "Teenager" and drum loop-heavy "RX Queen". There are also more experimental tracks like "Passenger", which features Maynard James Keenan of Tool (another band that's often misjudged in critical circles) sharing vocal duties. This song and "The Boy's Republic" (a track that, unforunately, is only available on the limited-edition version of the album) are the two standouts on a disc with few low points.
The rest of the album is populated with groovy, slower paced (yet still heavy) tracks like "Change", the first single from the disc. Most of these songs, if released by another band that was marketed differently, would probably appeal to many indie and college rock fans. In fact, despite my admittedly eclectic tastes, this is probably the album that's spent the most time in my cd player all summer. "The White Pony" serves as both a guilty pleasure for indie rock eletists and perhaps a gateway to better music for rap/metal fans. Definitely Recommended.
on August 21, 2000
Whether you like the Deftones or not, you have to give them credit for trying something new and different. When "Around The Far" came out a few years back, rock music was about Jewel and The Wallflowers. And if they released that album today, they would be as popular as KoRn. Instead, the Deftones make a softer more complex album that could have alienated their audience of Adidas wearing dreadlocked guys filled with hormones and rage. Most of them aren't gonna understand the Radiohead influence on "White Pony". They also could've fallen flat because the mainstream isn't gonna appreciate the quirkiness of "Teenager" or why "there's some weird chick screaming in Knife Party". Simply said, give them credit for making "White Pony" instead of keeping things obvious. The result? "White Pony" is a near flawless album. Both Chino's voice and lyrics are his best yet. The lyrics on "White Pony" can be funny ("Street Carp"), poetic (uh, well, most of the songs showcase that), and secretive (who knows what Chino was talking about on "Knife Party"). In the opener, "Feiticeira", Chino sings about being abducted. With it's somewhat heavy guitar riff, you'd expect to hear him whine (like Papa Roach), act like a moron (like Limp Bizkit), attempt to be "deep" (like Creed), or something meaningless like every other rock band out there. But no, this is Chino Moreno, the only (yes, only) singer-songwriter who will be remembered during the pathetic (c)rap/metal era. Both "Digital Bath" and "RX Queen" have a slight futuristic feel to them, yet come off seductive, too. "Change (In The House Of Flies)" is beautiful, poetic, catchy, and mesmerizing. It's the best Rock single this year, too. As great as it is though, it (or any other song) is no match for "Knife Party". It does have a heavy vibe to it, but it's not really mosh-pit material. Chino's voice is powerful, yet gentle. When Rodleen's voice kicks in the song dives into another dimension, or so it seems. One can't forget "Passenger" which features Maynard James Keenan either. It sounds exactly like a Tool song, it's dark, lush, powerful, and has a Prog-Rock vibe. Unfortunately, the Deftones also decided to through in a couple of heavy songs just to show they haven't sold out or anything (not that I'd accuse them of doing so, mind you). "Korea" is complete filler and "Elite" is boring. Both songs sound forced, they sound heavy just for the sake of being heavy. Despite those two songs, this is an amazing album that should be heard by modern Rock fans everywhere. As Rolling Stone said, this is a classic Alternative album.