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  • Summary: This self-titled release is the fourth studio album for the California alt-metal outfit.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. In a genre considered creatively bankrupt, this is genuinely new metal. [Jul 2003, p.102]
  2. It is an important leap forward for one of the few American metal bands left who care about the form's emotional evolution.
  3. A modern, commercially-viable, carefully crafted rock record that also sounds violent, deranged and desperately, incurably sad all at the same time.
  4. 75
    This is less an 11-song album than a single long-form mope. [Jul 2003, p.105]
  5. The record as a whole is less rewarding than its predecessor, though its peaks rival any in the genre.
  6. 60
    Its densest aural jungle so far. [#17, p.136]
  7. It sounds like a dog howling over a Sepultura record. No, worse. It sounds like Fred Durst.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. Nov 13, 2012
    10
    After White Pony it doesn't seem like Deftones could do anything better ... and they didn't (at least not with the self-titled album), BUT they didn't need to. All they needed to do is create an album just as good or at least close to it and that is what they did. Various ups and downs during this album. Raw and emotional just like White Pony, but a little more polished , which, unfortunately, in the long run may seem boring after playing this album on repeat for the 100th time, but eventually you'll come back for more (especially for songs like Minerva, Hexagram and Good Morning Beautiful, though I don't like to point out something specific, because they are all great). Expand
  2. May 10, 2013
    10
    Not the best Deftones album, BUT, it sure is amazing. The more you go through and listen to the whole thing the more you like it. When I first listened to it I had mixed reactions myself. Than I went back and listened to it multiple times and fell in love with it. I'm edging for the score of a 10 because it really is something else for Deftones. Expand
  3. Oct 26, 2013
    10
    Definitely the most epic record by Deftones. So much emotion in every single vocal line, powerful riffs and of course the mind-blowingly atmospheric, almost divine harmonies they create. Hexagram as an opener is just outta this world, and Good Morning Beautiful Bloody Cape convince with their simplicity and power. Also, very slick sound with a touch of raw. I love it. Expand
  4. Nov 17, 2011
    9
    This is one of the darker and heavier albums of the Deftones. some people say only minerva is worth hearing (The mixed and negative review guys said it) but Metal up a little the record some times gets bring down a bit, (that's why i didn't gave the album a 10) but it shows Deftones can go which ever way they want to go. they might not have so many comercial success but they always put out good music. (Go to oneloveforchi.com if you like the Deftones as much as i do) Expand
  5. Aug 12, 2013
    8
    Don't know why Pitchfork disliked this so much. While it doesn't quite live up to the rest of their catalog (except Adrenaline), this still has some absolute gems on it. Good Morning Beautiful and When Girls Telephone Boys are both exceptional. Expand
  6. Feb 20, 2012
    8
    The Deftones most underrated album, partly due to the bands lack of innovation in the release but also because it had the difficult task of following on from White Pony. 'Needles and Pins', 'Minerva' and 'Hexagram' keep the consistency on an album which struggles to reach the heights of its predecessor. Expand
  7. Nov 26, 2012
    5
    This album is heavier but production is weak and the album is inconsistent. Their worst album, because it follows one of their best and is simply not up to their standards. Expand

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