Positive: 33 out of 33
Mixed: 0 out of 33
Negative: 0 out of 33
Nov 16, 2012Expectations were high for Koi No Yokan. It is Deftones seventh album in a row which simply does not disappoint. Each output got compared to 2000s masterpiece White Pony. Lucky enough Deftones never tried to create a White Pony 2, they wrote Albums which obviously fitted in their current status, always covered in a more (Selftitled) or less (Diamond Eyes) dark atmosphere.
Each output since WP had its problems. The Selftitled was too dark (for me), SNW had great songs, but did not succeed with its experiments (Mein with Serj, Pink Cellphone). Diamond Eyes did not have this weak points but lacked in depth, atmosphere and textures.
Koi No Yokan takes out the strengths of each of these albums since White Pony and leaves out the above criticized points. It´s pretty dark, flows really good as a whole album (nearly every song connects with the next) and adds a huge amount of atmosphere to it. Also, the production seems to be improved regarding Diamond Eyes. There is not one song which doesn´t fit into the album, each song has its place and is loveable from start to finish.
Starting with Swerve City as a bouncy, poppy opener, Koi No Yokan beautifully delivers Deftones signature move: the dynamics. Leathers verses is one of the heaviest in Deftones history, fighting with the dreamy chorus created by Chinos beautiful voice. The man simply can create moods with his organ.
Poltergeist, starting with odd handclaps leading into a heavy Carpenter Riff, drives the heavy vs soft game on. Next song, Entombed is simply beautiful and perfect material for a single. Graphic Nature could easily be featured one White Pony. Tempest, the single, connects southern rockesque guitars (straight from the 90s) with a lovely chorus and is one of the highlights. Gauzes beginning brings back Deftones heavy moments and is nothing less than Deftones high standard.
Rosemary is the heart of Koi No Yokan, one of Deftones highlights of their whole career. A melody which stays in your head forever. Goon Squad with its dynamics lets you headbang before What happened to you? closes the album with a trippy dreampoppy sound. Reminds directly of Chi, who still suffers from the accident 4 yours ago.
KNY is a perfect album for walks through the winter air and can be experienced best as a whole. Listen to this if you are a fan of intelligent alternative rock albums.
It connects fans of heavy metal (Meshuggah riffing) with the ones of The Cure or The Smiths.
Standout tracks are Leathers, Entombed and Rosemary.… Expand
Jan 2, 2013I had very high expectations for this album before running to the store on opening day to buy this album, and I obviously knew that they were going to be met. But, I did not know that it was going to completely shatter them to pieces. Diamond Eyes was a masterpiece, and will always be a masterpiece, but Koi No Yokan might just be one of the defining records of music in general. It's that amazing. It's impossible to put into words how ecstatic I am about this album. There is a reason why this album has gotten more positive reaction towards than most of the albums that have come out this year. The band improves on every level on tracks such as the heavy "Poltergeist", the catchy "Graphic Nature", and the best song of 2012, and quite possibly one of the best songs I've ever heard, "Rosemary", a 7-minute epic that is the definition of progression. This is the best album I have heard since I listened to 5FDP's album, "American Capitalist". There are no filler tracks, bad moments, or cringeworthy lyrics to be found at all during this album. It's not only the best album of 2012, and the best of the Deftones. This is a work of pure art. An album that will define the decade, if not the entire century of music, and will be the album that every person will remember for years to come. You just HAVE to own this album. If the album is sold at a high price, it will be worth every cent.… Expand
Dec 14, 2012Koi No Yokan is a beautiful album. I listen to a variety of music and this album is probably the best this year by far. The songs hit a range of emotion and are executed beautifully. I feel like this album is worthy of a Grammy and will be very disappointed if they don't get at least nominated.… Expand
Nov 15, 2012It's pretty rare for me to not only like every song on an album, but to also like them all on first listen like I did with this album. My biggest complaint with the album is that I wish there was more songs. Having said that it's one of their best albums maybe even their best in terms of consistency, I've only been able to listen to it three or four times but it's fast becoming my favourite.] from them. It may also be their easiest album for non/new fans to listen to as well.… Expand
Nov 19, 2012What can you say? They did it again. They have not strayed from who they are and yet have made albums that keep up with the times. Koi No Yokan is instantly recognizable as the Deftones. What I like is that they have the perfect blend of soft and hard. And the soft has gotten softer while the hard is much harder. It's almost as if Chino and Stephan are Yin and Yang. Chino has the ghostly sound while Stephan's guitar work here almost sounds like Meshuggah. My favorite tracks are "Goon Squad", "Tempest", "Rosemary", "Gauze", "Leathers", and probably my favorite track on the album "Poltergeist".… Expand
Jan 5, 2013Koi No Yokan is a good "sounding" album that is hard to consume because lead singer Chino's vocals are too soft at times and are hard to make out what he is singing. It's a decent album, but they tread in the same waters musically. Almost all of the songs overstay their welcome around the 2-minute mark and you pretty much know what the expect with the remaining 2-minutes. However, I can still highly recommend people to see Deftones live, they have improved drastically over the years from a drunk, slop sounding band to a veteran, professional, and amazing sounding live band. Sadly, there is only 2 songs that stand out on this album and you can pretty much throw away the rest.… Expand
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