Saturday Night Wrist

  • Record Label: Maverick
  • Release Date: Oct 31, 2006
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Saturday Night Wrist proves yet again that Deftones have a corner on the transcendental-metal market. [Dec 2006, p.192]
  2. If you’ve even the slightest interest in ‘heavy’ music, you simply must make Saturday Night Wrist an integral part of your record collection.
  3. The album is mostly a heady, atmospheric, willfully too-difficult-for-radio wash of sound that, save for a handful of tracks, stretches out and explores Deftones' creative limits more than ever before.
  4. Wrist is yet another excellent record from mainstream hard rock's only real hope.
  5. Boasts some of the Deftones' best out-and-out metal tunes to date. [3 Nov 2006, p.76]
  6. Features the kind of envelope-pushing fans have come to expect.
  7. After a long apprenticeship, Deftones have started to sound like their own band: one that seesaws between agonized crooning and hard-rock attack, within songs as well as through albums. [30 Oct 2006]
  8. Their most well-rounded, focused record yet, one that comes scarily close to besting White Pony while heading in a slightly different direction at the same time.
  9. The songwriting never quite comes together, but this is a metal record that gets by as much on sonic tricks as monster riffs.
  10. ['Wrist'] sees [Deftones] continue to explore that hazy hinterland, where The Smiths' sensitivity and Sepultura's sledgehammer riffs overlap. [28 Oct 2006, p.35]
  11. Ultimately, Saturday Night Wrist is satisfying, though it may take a few listens given all the changes in individual cuts that tend to blur together the first time or two through.
  12. Saturday Night Wrist continues the Deftones’ sad trend, another album of scattered transcendent moments in a field of attention-getting parlour tricks, still eagerly tugging at the listener’s sleeve to say, "Listen to this sound we created!"
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 93 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 45
  2. Negative: 2 out of 45
  1. ColinD
    Nov 1, 2006
    10
    Truely a amazing work of artistic structure and brilliance. This entire record is playing at my funeral when my time is done.
  2. Feb 1, 2015
    10
    A truly incredible masterpiece in it's own respect. This album takes you to another world and makes you wonder if you can ever go back. XercesA truly incredible masterpiece in it's own respect. This album takes you to another world and makes you wonder if you can ever go back. Xerces tears your soul out through your ears. Full Review »
  3. Jul 8, 2012
    10
    it's everything you could ask for in a Deftones album, and more. their music perfectly blends alternative metal with shoegaze, creating a newit's everything you could ask for in a Deftones album, and more. their music perfectly blends alternative metal with shoegaze, creating a new experience and an altogether enjoyable experimentation. my only complaint would be the track "Pink Cellphone" and their choice of spoken word; i often end up skipping that track altogether in my regular playthroughs. Full Review »