Deftones
White Pony


4.5
superb

Review

by Snowi USER (1 Reviews)
December 20th, 2010 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With Deftones' third release in the crystal powder form of White Pony, the band thrusts one almighty dagger through the heart of musical genre, instead galloping its way into a league of it's own.

If you were looking for a dysfunctional, punch-drunk, sexually-injected anthem of razor-sharp proportions, you've just about come to the right place. "White Pony" is an experience filled to the brim with haunting sound-scapes, lyrical imagery and technical ability. It sparks a significant growth, vocally and musically, in the bands continuously experimental existence.

The albums opener, "Feiticeira", is a powerful, scratchy affair. It presents a familiar, yet explosive start to an album that really plunges you into the depths of the bands matured sound. Alternatively, songs such as "Elite" and "Korea" provide murderous, heavy anthems drawn straight from the Deftones history books whilst "Teenager" and "Passenger" provide something fresh and original.

As well as being musically tight, "White Pony" is lyrically and vocally memorable. Take "When you're ripe, you'll bleed out of control" for instance, depicting a violent, gory display of true, unrestricted emotion. This is in sharp contrast to some of Moreno's more heartfelt poetry. "I climbed your arms, and you pulled away, new cavity moved into my heart today" for example, are some of the most warming lyrics on the album and a compliment to the scope of Moreno's lyrical abilities.

Evidence of the bands unusual influence is scattered across the superb track listing throughout. Take "Teenager", an experimental track with a trip-hop beat and a soothing yet simple acoustic undertone. The use of Delgado's electronics and turntables is subtle but effective and clearly inspired. Following this, "Knife Party" features the inclusion of a pain-stricken opera-like scream during it's closing moments, an excellent contribution to the tracks chilling atmosphere.

The band proves too that they are willing and able to collaborate effectively with other musicians. Featuring Maynard James Keenan (Tool), "Passenger" makes use of call and return vocals that cover themes of sexual desire and drug-induced euphoria. A stand-out track, "Passenger" is truly extraterrestrial and one of the most finely produced tracks on the album.

Classic, sing-a-long chorus's also play their definitive part too, as is familiar in Deftones previous works. "Change (In The House of Flies)" and "Digital Bath" feature simple yet effective lyrics which are given crowd pleaser's. "I watched a change in you, it's like you never had wings" is just one of the many examples of catchy chorus's, reminiscent of nostalgic and definitive Deftones tracks such as "Be Quiet And Drive" and "My Own Summer".

The musicianship here is nothing short of incredible either. Carpenter's use of distortion and delay are two forces that intertwine intimately throughout. Cheng's thunderous bass lines keep everything in it's rightful place too, carrying the tracks brilliantly, occasionally drifting from the root notes to expand variety. Cunningham's percussion abilities are also infectious as ever, cleverly crafted and featuring unpredictable fills in places. Moreno's cold, chilling delivery of whispers, visceral screams and quivering high notes are also a highlight. Delgado's electronics are never left unsaid either, painting eerie, psychotic sound-scapes, unique to each individual track. It's this kind of intensive care that creates a truly cinematic experience for anyone listening.

Overall, the tracks of "White Pony" are individually strong and carefully constructed, but as pieces of a chronological puzzle, they fit together in stellar fashion. For outsiders a grower, and familiars a fan favourite. On one final resounding note, "White Pony" is living proof that through time, practice and limitless inspiration, evolution is continuously possible, nostalgia may always be considered, and that combined with matured musicianship, glory and pride in the form of passion is always achievable.


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Snowi
December 20th 2010


6 Comments


Apologies about the length for anyone who happens to stumble across this review. I had to cut it down, but hopefully it summarises my thoughts and feelings effectively enough!

Mordecai.
December 20th 2010


8279 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

not gonna read your review cause it probably sucks, but nice dude, nice.

Kris.
December 20th 2010


12345 Comments


cool another 5 review we super needed this


way tl;dr but this stood out for some reason

Last but most certainly not least, "Pink Maggit", is the final track on White Pony.


completely redundant

foreverendeared
December 20th 2010


14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"instead galloping its way in acid-trip fashion into a league of it's own"

lol wut

Snowi
December 20th 2010


6 Comments


Thanks for the constructive criticism guys, I'll get on it right away.

*Edit: Corrections made, apologies about length for those of you who like it quick and summarised,
it's hard to condense my feelings into a few paragraphs I felt, so I broke it down.

This is my first review, so mistakes will be made, thanks for the quick response to any issues.
Anything else you guys find, I'd greatly appreciate it!

foreverendeared
December 20th 2010


14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review for a first, but your biggest mistake is the track-by-track approach, which is generally frowned upon here. Going for a more overall approach will also help with the length. You should also try and avoid hyperbolic phrases and adjectives. This deserves a pos though.

Snowi
December 20th 2010


6 Comments


Thanks for the heads up. It's nice to get some feedback from a more experienced user.

Yeah, I've read reviews which are more summarised, and they're worlds more entertaining.

This could have been much, much better and I probably should have made amends but we have to start
somewhere and without this criticism I wouldn't have known this.

Thanks a lot, and perhaps my next review will be better.

cvlts
December 20th 2010


8960 Comments


tl;dr









lol naw, basically what foreverendeared said. if you could condense this to a more overall consensus of the album it would be better, but got a pos from me.

climactic
December 20th 2010


19116 Comments


we needed this review

Digging: Bolzer - Soma

fr33convict
December 20th 2010


11689 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

really fucking long review but pos'd.

eternium
December 20th 2010


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of my favorite albums but tl;dr

Emim
December 20th 2010


26625 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I agree with the rating, but hot damn, cut down on the fucking hyperbole.

Snowi
December 20th 2010


6 Comments


As ridiculous as this sounds, I'm guessing "tl" stands for "too long" but what does "dr" stand for? I'm new to the site, so I'd just like to know.

Once again thanks for the feedback, thinking of condensing this into a shorter review, more generalised, and not a track by track analysis.

eternium
December 20th 2010


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

too long;didn't read

WhiteNoise
December 20th 2010


3166 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Been digging this album on and off all week.

Snowi
December 20th 2010


6 Comments


This review has now been shortened and the track by track approach abandoned, so hopefully those who didn't read might wish to now.

Thanks again for all the constructive criticism, it's a big help.

beefshoes
December 20th 2010


4029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This isn't anywhere close to the length of the X Japan reviews.


Digging: Ulver - Blood Inside

wyankeif1337
December 20th 2010


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

one little thing, the paragraphs are obnoxiously tiny. good review though, if not a bit unnecessary

SCREAMorphine
December 21st 2010


1753 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This never gets old

Puzzles
December 21st 2010


3065 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Favourite band here, please be nice.



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