Deftones
Saturday Night Wrist


4.5
superb

Review

by Maniac USER (21 Reviews)
June 28th, 2010 | 995 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


Whether it should or not, any Deftones album since White Pony will be compared to, and often considered inferior to it. Whether I agree to it or not is irrelevant, because it will happen. With this in mind, I am here to say that Deftones have produced an album that is just as good as, if not, better than the aforementioned and definitive album that everyone holds so dear to their hearts.

Saturday Night Wrist has a very diverse, yet fluid presentation. There are twelve songs, each with its own sound, subtleties, and identity. Instrumentally speaking, there are many moments where everything is more complicated than previous work. As complicated as it may be, everything remains consistent through the album. Everyone knows their role and sticks to it. The guitar riffs seem to rely on creating a wall of sound a bit less, unlike their earlier work. That isn’t to say that they don’t, but rather that there is more experimentation. Besides Chino’s vocals, the Abe’s drumming seems to stand out the most. Creating not only a backbone for the whole song, but also setting the pace, rather than having the riffs leading the song. The bass, while subtle, adds a whole other dimension to the music. There is nothing very stand-out about it, but you know it is there and gives each song a very full feeling. And finally, the vocals; the vocals are the most prominent feature of every song. It is not only the Deftones’ signature; it is an integral piece to the music. Without Chino’s truly unique style of vocals, nothing would work quite as well as it should. His emotional and remarkably beautiful singing is a trademark for them. This album is no exception to that fact. His vocal delivery is as strong as ever and is filled to the brim with emotion.

Emotion, in my opinion, is what drives music in general. It doesn’t matter what genre, if there is not a piece of you in the music, then it is, to quote a certain Sputnik user, artistically worthless. Deftones understand this and use it to their advantage. The main vessel of emotion in any band is the vocalist. Not only is the voice the best way to convey emotions, in most cases, the vocalist is also the primary lyricist. Chino has taken the role as both, and does them both perfectly. He is, without any doubt, the best vocalist for the job. His lyrics, no matter how abstractly they are written, are given much attention to as he sings them. His vocal delivery, however, ranges for each song. Nearly half the album is made up of slow, moody tracks where Chino shows off his intimate side. Take for example, “Beware”. Chino’s brooding, while paired with fantastic synth elements, is one of the most haunting things I have heard. The lyrics in it, while abstract, could only serve as an emotional vessel for his voice and it would still be good. While I think that every lyric written has some sort of meaning, whether we can figure it out or not, it does not matter much. Songs like this are made to feel first, think later.

In between the slow, intimate songs, there is a “Mr. Hyde” side of the album. Vocally, they are harsher. Instrumentally, they are heavier. Lyrically, they are some of the most pissed off that we have seen from the Deftones. This is where they show the aggression that they were first known for. Songs like “Combat”, “Rats!Rats!Rats!”, and “Rapture” are a throwback to their older days in music, only fine-tuned a bit. With a perfect blend of atmospheric electronic samples, aggressive instruments, and some of Chino’s harshest shrieks and screams, they are able to create the other side of Saturday Night Wrist. This side is just as necessary as the other. Instead of creating a consistent pace in the album, they intertwine these four minute bursts of frustration with the intimate, vulnerable songs. While some people would consider this a drawback, I happen to see it as a perfect idea. Not only does it keep you on your toes by not allowing you to become comfortable with a certain pace in the album, it also provides a certain personality to the album as a whole; the feeling of being lost in one’s thoughts and emotions. We have all experienced that feeling. Depression, anger, frustration, vulnerability; they are all things that as human beings, we understand and empathize with. The combination attack of all these emotions is what makes this album perfect.

While Saturday Night Wrist may be the perfect soundtrack to one’s emotions, there seem to be some “inconsistencies” that turn people away. The first of these would be the song “Mein”. While there is nothing completely wrong with “Mein”, there really is not a whole lot to say about it. The song doesn’t stand out very much on the album, but it is solid. The thing about it, though, is the guest vocals. Popping in to sing with Chino is Serj Tankian. He is by no means a bad vocalist, but his style of singing is not just the other end of the spectrum, it is a completely different rainbow! Needless to say, he sounds out of place on the track. As strange a pair as it would seem, you can take the pairing as either a lapse of judgment, or merely another layer in the song. With Serj’s gruff vocals, it adds another dimension to the song -- a counterweight, if you will. Serj seems to be the bitter to Chino’s sweet in this context. As such, I do not fault the album for the song. And to be honest, I quite enjoy it.

The instrumental track "U,U,D,D,L,R,L,R,A,B,Select,Start” comes right in the middle of the album. I find it to be a very nice track to have here. Some think of it as filler, but after having your mind pushed and pulled between aggression and ambience, it is a nice break. The real controversy, though, is the song “Pink Cellphone”. Oh yes, this song is infamous among Deftones fans. The electronic track is an odd one, to say the least. Without any real purpose, it turns off many people. In all honesty it doesn’t add anything to the music whatsoever. The only real reason that I can think of that would make them include it would be as a joke. The lyrics are so ridiculous that it almost has to be a joke. That being said, this blemish can, and very much should be, overlooked.

This album, though possibly hard to swallow, is a fantastic combination of frustration, anger, vulnerability, and hope. While it is not the ‘definitive’ Deftones album, it is certainly the best example of what the band is really about. It may be underappreciated by some, but to me, it is the perfect Deftones album.



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Maniac!
June 28th 2010


26257 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Experimental review, lemme know what you think, and if you find any grammar issues.

FadeToBlack
June 28th 2010


11034 Comments


With a perfect blend of atmospheric electronic samples, aggressive instruments, and some of Chino’s harshest shrieks and screams, they are able to create the other side of [i]Saturday Night Wrist[i].
coding error

in the second last space you put a huge gap, either combine that into one paragraph or make it a separate paragraph.

also you put double gaps between a couple of the sections instead of single ones, i dont know if that was intentional or not.

Counterfeit
June 28th 2010


17819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

In 3 para missing a period on the final sentence. and a coding error.


Other than that, really good review imo.

Bitchfork
June 28th 2010


7584 Comments


I refuse to read.

Maniac!
June 28th 2010


26257 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks. had to run out for a bit, when I get back ill fix all that. keep the feedback coming

eternium
June 28th 2010


16340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

White Pony is extremely diverse, so I strongly disagree with that point. Decent review, though I don't really like the "controversies" section.

BigHans
June 28th 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Way too long, negged.

BigHans
June 28th 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Kidding Brandon, don't start crying. Although this is three times as long as your normal review. Good job.

Inveigh
June 28th 2010


25210 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pos'd. Overall, I like the concept, even if I disagree with some of your points. There are a couple style/structure/syntax issues throughout, but I'll put those in an email or something if you want me to -- not gonna post them here.

Digging: Nero Di Marte - Derivae

Burn2Burn
June 28th 2010


2378 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

just stopping by to say i don't really care for this album anymore. also, review looks solid, i shall give it a better read tonight after work. fuuu work.

porch
June 28th 2010


8460 Comments


I'd read this if it was shorter

i'm sure its good though (lol jk it probably sux)

album is decent, i'm thinking 3.3-3.5 at most

ConsiderPhlebas
June 28th 2010


6157 Comments


I disagree with many of your points but the review works well. Pos.

Maniac!
June 28th 2010


26257 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I very much appreciate it guys. inveigh, please do email me that stuff. I will be back home soon to fix it...sucks browsing the wen on an old 'palm' phone

Maniac!
June 28th 2010


26257 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I said positive things about mein... I'm just not a fan haha

Counterfeit
June 28th 2010


17819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I do agree that Serj sounds sorta outta place, but tis still an awesome song

porch
June 28th 2010


8460 Comments


yeah Mein is one of my favorite songs on this

Maniac!
June 28th 2010


26257 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

aight im back, i'll work on some of the problems...i just need inveigh to email me to fix the minor things xD

Maniac!
June 28th 2010


26257 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

oh btw, after thinking about it some, i edited out where i said that white pony wasnt very diverse... because its not very true, most of it actually is.

Counterfeit
June 28th 2010


17819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

One teency thing I'd change is "The Controversial". Cuz it isn't really causing controversy. Make it like "The eehhhh" or something x)

Prolapse
June 28th 2010


4370 Comments


hey guys go listen to some converge



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