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Top Track

Passenger
Here I lay Still and breathless Just like always Still I want some more Mirror's sideways Who cares what's behind Just like always Still your... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Checkout.com
    90
    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. 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.
  5. The Deftones went soft, but in an impressive way, to twist around its signature punk thrash sound.
  6. A dense and textured rock affair that builds a bridge between grunge, goth, and industrial stylings.
  7. Select
    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]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 42
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 42
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  1. JasonE
    Oct 25, 2003
    10
    Each song on the album provides a different feel or sound which makes listening to it a much needed breath of fresh air. There are songs for Each song on the album provides a different feel or sound which makes listening to it a much needed breath of fresh air. There are songs for just about everyone on this album. Just listen to "Change (in the House of Flies)" and you'll see what I mean. Expand
  2. JanisK.
    Jan 13, 2008
    10
    Pure genius.
  3. AshleyM
    Mar 28, 2005
    10
    This album... Its truly something. it has touched me on such an emontional level its insane. the lyrics are so deep and meaningful. im just This album... Its truly something. it has touched me on such an emontional level its insane. the lyrics are so deep and meaningful. im just mind blowen these guys are truly talented. Expand
  4. Mithyus
    May 3, 2007
    10
    Heavy, soft, mad, intense.. this White Pony runs many ways, but as deep as it can into each, with astounding determination.
  5. Oct 26, 2018
    10
    Deftones took a BIG turn in opposite direction from the Nu Metal genre they were born out of and the end result is one of the most decadeDeftones took a BIG turn in opposite direction from the Nu Metal genre they were born out of and the end result is one of the most decade defining metal albums of the 2000s. This is right up there in my 10 favorite albums of all time. Deftones offer a more dark, fantasy, atmospheric and almost soothing approach on this record with Chino Moreno giving out his soothing yet glass shattering vocal proformance, Stephen Carpenter giving off amazing guitar riffs, Chi Cheng's unforgetable bass performance, Abe Cunningham's killer drum skills, and Frank Delgato on the Turntable giving out the atmosphere of the tracks, everything about this album should be praised. The songs that really stand out are Digital Bath, Elite, Teenager, Knife Party, Passenger, Change, and Pink Maggit. Expand
  6. Apr 19, 2013
    9
    Deftones has always been difficult to explain or categorize a specific musical genre. But despite not feeling comfortable in that place haveDeftones has always been difficult to explain or categorize a specific musical genre. But despite not feeling comfortable in that place have been one of the best capitalized groups of Nu Metal's move in the early 90s.
    His first two jobs Adrenaline (1995) and Around the Fur (1997) were used to be known in his own country, but his third plate White Pony (2000) Deftones achievement acquire a name worldwide earning the respect of critics and managing to sound massively.

    "Change (In the House of Flies)" and "Digital Bath" were the themes emblematic of White Pony. Few others like the quiet "Teenager" surprised by the change from the style of the band.'s Also worth noting the presence Maynard James Keenan of Tool singer who develops nicely in the duet performed with Chino Moreno on "Passenger".
    Despite denying the label "key band of Nu Metal", thanks to this current Deftones astronomically increased his popularity and managed to stay through the years mutated into their sound.

    In conclusion: White Pony is one of the best albums of Deftones, its evolution in sound, creativity and complexity. not listen, would be an offense to the music.
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  7. Sep 24, 2015
    7
    While White Pony registers the complex and sonic tendencies Deftones discovered that let them kick it into sixth gear on their later albums,While White Pony registers the complex and sonic tendencies Deftones discovered that let them kick it into sixth gear on their later albums, some of its songs seem forced to the point of mediocrity. Sure, it's an unpopular opinion, but let me tell you about "Knife Party"... absolute bliss. And the album's closer, "Pink Maggit" is a haunting and stunning epilogue to what I can't even disagree is Deftone's real breakthrough. Expand

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