Deftones - Deftones
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2003 Ratings: #179 / 289
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Based on 171 ratings
2003 Ratings: #123
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May 20, 2003 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner Bros. / Maverick / Label
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As a follow-up to their most successful and acclaimed album, "White Pony", Deftones' self-titled release feels kinda disappointing. That isn't to say that I didn't like it, though. It starts out very strongly, with "Hexagram", "Minerva" and "Needles and Pins" being such kick-ass alt-metal bangers. Chino's vocal delivery is even more brutal on this record than ever before! Sometimes his screams sound like they're practically breaking his voice (especially ... read more
For an album that is meant to be a defining moment in their career, deftones’ self titled release feels anything but that.

Now, that may sound harsh, I still like this album, but in my opinion it is one of their worst albums to date. The fact that this is an album that I still like should attest to how much I love this band.

Instead of continuing with the sound that white pony laid down, Deftones instead goes back to a heavier style but with more shoe gaze and trip hop influence present ... read more

So after I finished writing my review of White Pony I took a shower. While showering I thought about how awesome White Pony is, but also I thought about how they could possibly follow it up. White Pony feels like the kind of album that defines a band's sound, and where Deftones would go from there intrigued me to say the least. Before long I was back in my room and ready to listen to their self-titled album.

Deftones, or S/T as I will refer to it as from now on, ... read more
Some might see this as a disappointment after the metal masterpiece that is White Pony came out. I suppose I see that but its only a disappointment IN COMPARISON because that album is one of the greatest albums of all time. The production is good overall but has some faults to it, like some of the shoegaze parts sound a bit poor. Overall the character of this album is unmatched and still proves that this band cant be beat.
I think what disappoints me most about this album is how unorganized it all feels. None of the songs feel right at place and it feels like the band was throwing darts at a board and hoping they'd stick. There are some good tracks on here, but for a follow-up to one of their most successful albums of all time, this just doesn't make the cut.
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Track List

  1. Hexagram
  2. Needles and Pins
  3. Minerva
  4. Good Morning Beautiful
  5. Deathblow
  6. When Girls Telephone Boys
  7. Battle-axe
  8. Lucky You
  9. Bloody Cape
  10. Anniversary of an Uninteresting Event
  11. Moana
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