Deftones
White Pony


4.5
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Review

by Puzzles USER (17 Reviews)
December 7th, 2011 | 46 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Deftones are no one-trick pony.

As if it had not already been said - White Pony is two-thirds truth to the rumour and one-third hype. From the olden days to the humble present, it seems like Deftones have been called everything from A to Z. They’ve been extravagantly deemed the ‘Radiohead of Metal’, naively named the ‘saviours of rock’ and some still retain that the band tread along the lines of a ‘one-trick pony’ (pardon the pun). While music is such an opinionative medium, it can’t be argued in analysis of their polarizing discography that Deftones have evolved; but perhaps not in the manner that the majority of fans perceive to be ‘musical evolution’ – we, as fans, have seen them lurch back towards their roots one minute, only to jump head first into stylistic pandemonium the next. In an almost Thrice-like manner, we’ve almost come to expect the unexpected.

In the middle of this amalgam of music styles, aesthetics and atmospheres, their stands a distinctive personality in the Deftones camp called ‘White Pony’. The White Pony is no ordinary Pony, you see – its parents came from completely different breeders, were fed completely different types of food and lived in opposing climate types. Yet, in a freak occurrence of nature, the consummation of two horses has produced an incredible creature nobody could have foreseen. From the Pony’s birth, ‘Feiticeira’ grabs the listener by the arms and tells her to ‘close your eyes and ***ing listen’. Perhaps not in the same abrasive way as ‘Around The Fur’ or ‘Adrenaline’, but in a more contrasting way. The track is delicate in a way, and bludgeoning in the same. It is the ultimate dichotomy; a juxtaposition of moods, atmospheres and everything else the Deftones have ever stood for. ‘Elite’ is a furious, slamming affair, carried continuously forward by driving guitar riffs and scathing lyrical content that ever angsty teenager would relate to somewhere along the way.

Forgive the Spaghetti-Western esque openings of ‘RX Queen’ and you’ll soon find yourself staring the pony in the face as she telepathically transmits audio waves of ‘Knife Prty’ into your head. As soon as the verse hits in, you can almost witness with your own ears the conflict that would have struck the Moreno/Carpenter partnership as the track unfolded. It comes off as exactly what it is: Moreno’s The Smiths worship coupled with Carpenter’s metalhead tendencies in an almost symbiotic, unnatural bond, creating something both beautiful and brooding in the process. ‘Passenger’ and ‘Change (In The House Of Flies)’ serve within the album as absolute focal points when taking the Deftones’ discography apart. Maynard James Keenan’s guest appearance on the former absolutely makes the track, and the latter remains one of the best tracks the band have recorded. It truly is a shame for filler tracks like ‘Teenager’ and ‘Street Carp’. Carpenter would have cringed and writhed upon hearing the former for the first time, likely allowing it on the record in the absence of worthwhile material and the energy to implement it. ‘Street Carp’ is surely nothing more than a faltering grab at radio play, and serves as nothing more, nothing less. ‘Pink Maggit’ too, is an awkward, forced affair that goes nowhere and does nothing, and was frankly more enjoyable in the form of ‘Back To School’.

So what does ‘White Pony’ do, if anything? It is no ‘one-trick pony’. If anything, the record serves as the absolute moment of clarity within the band’s career, when ironically, confusion was at its most conflicting between the principle songwriters. Stylistically, it represents a time when the band were unparalleled in terms of radio-friendly innovation. They transcend genres, and if that meant tears were lost along the way on the part of Moreno and Carpenter, then they were tears well spent.



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Puzzles
December 7th 2011


3065 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hooray for pun-inclusive titles! As if this needed another review... Oh well, let the discussions begin!

Firestarter
December 7th 2011


277 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good review. I only got into these guys a couple of months ago and am amazed at how much they have grown on me! This album is phenomenal, love every track apart from 'street carp' which is shit, and your right about pink maggit going nowhere. Change (in the house of flies) has got to be up there, in my top 10 of all time

Asiatic667
December 7th 2011


4648 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

what a terrible album. Chino's range is measly.

Puzzles
December 7th 2011


3065 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^I'm confused.
I was stoned when I wrote this, and then I thought it was awesome, but in hindsight it's kind of garbled and nonsensical.

Asiatic667
December 7th 2011


4648 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

and the guitars, phwoar, what a whiff of shit

Puzzles
December 7th 2011


3065 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ah sarcasm, I get it now

Ovrot
December 7th 2011


10508 Comments


i swear you have reviewed this before

Digging: Satan's Satyrs - Demo 2010

SCREAMorphine
December 7th 2011


1758 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review, over played this but still a lot of respect

Timmons
December 7th 2011


561 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i agree about street carp but i don't think teenager is a filler.
and totally disagree about pink maggit, back to school sounds a lot more forced than it

FruityCatOfDoom
December 7th 2011


2110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"lyrical content that ever angsty teenager"

Did you mean every?

I enjoy Street Carp but not Teenager though. I also agree with the guy above, I think Back to School sounds a lot more forced and out of place than Pink Maggit. Pos'd

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
December 7th 2011


22014 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't like street carp or teenager

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DaftVader
December 7th 2011


56 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love Teenager, but like Street Carp.

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
December 7th 2011


9049 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Only listen to Elite

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
December 7th 2011


22014 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

RX Queen, Street Carp and Teenager I just skip over completely

but the rest is so good I just can't bring myself to give it less than 4.5

BigHans
December 7th 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I FEEL LIKE

MOREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

TONIGHT

ShousoStrip
December 7th 2011


574 Comments


I liked the review, posd

pizzamachine
December 7th 2011


12571 Comments


Good stuff.

Tyrael
December 7th 2011


20901 Comments


Amazing album

Cheesewireism
December 7th 2011


161 Comments


This is a little over played for me, but it's still the shit

MO
December 7th 2011


18865 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

albums amazing, GO GET YOUR KNIFE, GO GET YOUR KNIFE and come innnnnn



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