Back to School of Thought: Gore is perhaps the second best example of why Deftones are as highly regarded as they are. At its best, Gore displays why it is precisely that tension that propels the band to its greatest heights, being one of the few bands to satisfactorily transcend the nu-metal label by being so broad sonically and so consistent in quality to make the genre tag feel only occasionally appropriate. But likewise Gore is marred by the occasional muddled tunes and a tracklist that feels more at odds with itself than a coherent statement.
Gore may be the weakest of the Sergio Vega era that began with Diamond Eyes , but this is still Deftones we are talking about. Here, Gore loses steam and never seems to win it back even with its quality back end. Back to School of Thought: Some of you may be surprised to see this record, which won Album of the Year at some publications, so low on our list. Friday 29 May Saturday 30 May Sunday 31 May Monday 1 June Tuesday 2 June Thursday 4 June Friday 5 June Saturday 6 June Sunday 7 June Monday 8 June Tuesday 9 June Monday 15 June Tuesday 16 June Wednesday 17 June Friday 19 June Saturday 20 June Sunday 21 June Monday 22 June Tuesday 23 June Wednesday 24 June Thursday 25 June Friday 26 June Saturday 27 June Sunday 28 June Monday 29 June Tuesday 30 June Wednesday 1 July Thursday 2 July Friday 3 July Saturday 4 July Sunday 5 July Monday 6 July Tuesday 7 July Wednesday 8 July Thursday 9 July Friday 10 July Saturday 11 July Sunday 12 July Monday 13 July Tuesday 14 July Wednesday 15 July Thursday 16 July Friday 17 July Saturday 18 July Sunday 19 July Monday 20 July Tuesday 21 July Wednesday 22 July Thursday 23 July Friday 24 July Saturday 25 July Sunday 26 July Monday 27 July Tuesday 28 July Wednesday 29 July Other than a brief haunting sequence towards the end, the track never expands into anything that offers the listener something new.
Back to School of Thought: When the four writers of this list got together to determine these rankings, White Pony received unanimous first-place votes. Deftones have yet to release anything less than a good record, but this one transcends time and place. On White Pony , Deftones tossed out most of the overt references to hip hop while maintaining boom-bap drum patterns. Instead, the band reaches back through the chrome-plated grunge of Failure and Hum and embraces the melancholic art rock spirit of Talk Talk and The Cure.
With that added melody came a more mature emotional bent. In these songs, Moreno touches on the human condition with poetic lyrics and a focus on singing.
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