White Pony - Deftones

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. A complex, heavily textured album that aims for the stars.
  2. That such a progressive, risk-taking LP wasn't celebrated across the board for its gutsy reinventing of a band thought pigeonholed wasn't that surprising, though – this is a difficult album.
  3. White Pony works on many different levels, with its treatises on alienation, art-rock explorations and soundtracks for people who don't take drugs but want to transcend the mundane. [Record of the Week pick]
  4. Massive in pretension, slightly too long and gothic, but when all the pieces fit, you can't deny its unstoppable power.
  5. When you can make out their lyrics... you realize that these guys are really the artier, more nuanced and textured cousins of Korn.
  6. The Deftones went soft, but in an impressive way, to twist around its signature punk thrash sound.
  7. But for all the growth, the band's continuing inclination toward a bludgeoning sonic attack and Moreno's violent, impressionistic lyrics make this a tough pill to swallow for most listeners.
  8. 80
    It's surprising how well the songs on White Pony absorb the band's disparate influences (Slayer, the Cure, Bad Brains) without compromising any of its destructive effect.
  9. 80
    Far and away Deftones' most daring and impassioned work to date.
  10. A dense and textured rock affair that builds a bridge between grunge, goth, and industrial stylings.
  11. 70
    At their worst, Deftones can sound almost like a parody of themselves. But at their best, the band fashions a heavy, claustrophobic atmosphere in which Moreno spins his dark, personal tales of misery and heartbreak against a backdrop of music that careens from the ugly to the beautiful. Most of the time, White Pony finds Deftones at their best.
  12. With White Pony, the Deftones have crafted the kind of top-notch album that Tool and Korn have been wanting to make for years.
  13. Their most adventurous and assured album to date?
  14. White Pony ends up being more accessible than the group's two previous albums, because it's not a half-formed mess but a classic alternative-rock album, as gentle and catchy as it is dark.
  15. 20
    Maybe when they abandon their arrested development and stop convincing themselves the world is aligned specifically for their personal displeasure, they'll arrive at something listenable. [July 2000, p.112]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 96 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 39
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 39
  3. Negative: 1 out of 39
  1. JanisK.
    Jan 13, 2008
    Pure genius.
  2. Nov 6, 2010
    Purely a fantastic album. This is the album where they learn when they need to be quiet, and it pays off. This album is sonic, and heavy, and grungy. But always delicate and soothing and dark. Somehow, Deftones can mix 'dark' with 'soothing' and make it work.

    Personal Highlights: Change, Digital Bath, Knife Party, Passenger, RX Queen.
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  3. Apr 7, 2014
    Deftones magnum opus. An incredibly diverse album, and while that may make it unfocused compared to an album like Diamond Eyes, it's the bold step off the nu metal band wagon and the key tracks from White Pony that makes it their best. Full Review »