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White Pony

Deftones Audio CD
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“Pretty,” affirms Deftones singer and guitarist Chino Moreno when discussing their new full-length studio album, Diamond Eyes. “We’re not afraid to be pretty.” It’s an adjective most riff-heavy groups might avoid, but then, Deftones have never been your average hard rock band.
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  • Audio CD (19 Jun 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Maverick
  • ASIN: B00004TRDH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,724 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Feiticeira
2. Digital Bath
3. Elite
4. Rx Queen
5. Street Carp
6. Teenager
7. Knife Prty
8. Korea
9. Passenger
10. Change (In the House of Flies)
11. Pink Maggit

Product Description


Sensual and mellow were never adjectives associated with aggro band Deftones--until White Pony, that is. The quintet's third outing finds their aural punch softened and deepened, lending songs such as "Digital Bath" a sultry, layered edge. More Tool than Pantera in its sonics, White Pony, in fact, includes a collaboration with Tool/A Perfect Circle singer Maynard James Keenan in the haunting "Passenger". Fans of the band's earlier, harder albums will still find some satisfaction in these developments. "Elite" boasts chunky riffing and metal/rap leanings, while "Korea" is anguished and edgy. More striking, however, are songs like the quirky, futuristic, fervent "RX Queen" and the gentle "Teenager". Overall, this album is not as suitable for the mosh pit as their previous albums, Adrenaline and Around The Fur. Instead, it's a diverse, dynamic and heady album that avoids any preconceived notions of the Deftones' sound and manages to provide an indication of what this band may be capable of in the future. --Katherine Turman

BBC Review

The year 2000 saw some pretty special rock releases hit stores. Queens of the Stone Age’s Rated R and At the Drive-In’s Relationship of Command were one and two on Kerrang!’s year-end chart respectively. At three was this: the third album from Californian quintet Deftones.

Despite personal tribulations and bassist Chi Cheng’s serious car accident of 2008, Deftones have proved to be the longest-lasting act of the Kerrang!-approved 2000 trio. QOTSA are currently looking backwards, Rated R already re-issued and their eponymous debut due for similar treatment; ATD-I, meanwhile, imploded before many a fan had peeled the price sticker from their breakthrough album. Deftones, though, remain a critical and commercial force: this year’s Diamond Eyes, their sixth LP, has excellent reviews and debuted in the Billboard top ten.

And it’s White Pony that really began their genre-scrambling ascendency. Although previous albums Adrenaline (1995) and Around the Fur (1997) had sold well, neither really stretched the band in terms of ambition; they relied on raw thrills over the cerebral intensity that’s characterised Deftones albums since this set. White Pony introduced new textures into the mix, traces of The Cure and Nine Inch Nails evident on slower numbers and greater levels of gloom and dread apparent across its 11 tracks (12 on a limited-run edition, see listing to the left). It can be a suffocating experience, its density sometimes threatening to engulf the listener entirely. Pink Maggit, Change (In the House of Flies) and Passenger – the latter featuring Tool’s Maynard James Keenan in a spotlight-stealing guest role – are dense, sprawling epics, far removed from the primal punch of past hits.

Such was the label’s worry about just that – the lack of an obvious hit – that White Pony was soon re-released with a Pink Maggit re-work, Back to School (Mini Maggit), opening proceedings. The song didn’t fit the spirit of the band’s original document, though, and they conveyed publically how their vision had been compromised. (A Youtube comparison between Change and Back to School shows just how different they are in tone, musically and visually.) The track ticked the MTV-friendly box, but White Pony wasn’t without bite in the first place. The ferocious Elite, on which frontman Chino Moreno channels the ghosts of 1980s cartoon Transformers for his vocal effects, won a Grammy in 2001; and Korea is as rough-and-tumble as anything the band’s ever recorded.

Not everyone got White Pony at the time – Select magazine damned it with a one-star review, claiming it unlistenable. 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. But today’s widespread appreciation of it is testament to just how envelope-pushing White Pony was a decade ago.

--Mike Diver

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving, an intelligent metal album 20 Mar 2002
Format:Audio CD
I have never been fond of metal. In earlier years, 1996, after scanning through the late night music channels I wandered upon a clip of a supposed "new band", the Deftones, performing something close to noise which I had no intention of ever enduring.
Maturing was inevitable and since listening to rock over the years, metal was still boisterous ever since the arrival of Limp Bizkit and crew. The loud, heavy guitars did nothing and frontman Fred Durst seemed a fake, providing more comedy that seriousness.
When I heard a track by the Deftones on late night radio, I liked what I heard. Change (In The House Of Flies) had a mysterious, sinister edge that changed my view on metal completely. Like their album, White Pony, the Deftones actually DID something to inject much needed intelligence and originality into this genre. No longer is the lead singer of a metal band screaming his testicles off about how bad life is, how someone hurt him... lyrics so vague that for every listener, each track could mean something completely different.
Anger is usually the emotion released with heavy distortion, but here the music has so many transitions a track can move from rage to sheer beauty in an instant. Chino has a voice that moves this music like a tide - on Digital Bath the loud guitars suddenly cease as he mouths; "You breathed - then you stopped". Teenager is a soothing little number and the variety, which was needed to make this more than just a heavy-metal record. The whole album benefits from it, after it fades out, down come the blazing guitars with Street Carp and Knife Party.
The Deftones really outdid themselves here. No longer do I generalise metal after White Pony. This is an album with a dark, sinister undertone, a Clive Barker of albums, an album to listen to at the end of a hard day, relax, rock, release all your emotions to with one CD. If you take emotional music further than listening to a bland love song, you need this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing, rewarding, magnificent 7 Dec 2004
Format:Audio CD
Released at a time when nu-metal ruled the rock roost, 'White Pony', the Deftones' 3rd record was released in a period when the band were expected to forsake any artistic development and create an album of simple riffs, rapping and tortured lyrics. Well, after listening to White Pony, the question begs, if that's what you want then why are you listening to the Deftones?
White Pony is the biggest departure for the band; yes, the chuggy riffs are still evident in 'Korea' and 'Elite', but whilst the Deftones have always forgone the option of making an easily heavy and hook laden rock album, this time they took the option of taking the listener on a proper journey. The moods the band creates here are truly sublime, emphasised in the emotive and driving 'Change (in the house of flies)' or 'Digital Bath'. Both with great melodic but firm riffs, and chased with a sense of beauty. And of course, the ever-impressive Chino Moreno's powerful voice bringing its trademark depth to this set of amazing songs.
Definitely the most absorbing and rewarding of the bands records, here, the Deftones delve into light electronica ('Teenager'), semi acoustic prog ('Pink Maggit') and...lets call it developmental rock for 'Passenger', which includes a stirring guest performance by Tool's Maynard James Keenan. And not once does any of this fail to work; each track flows seamlessly into the next, each track standing out from its predecessor as each flawless track makes itself recognisable.
Absorbing, rewarding and magnificent, White Pony is one of the best albums ever made, regardless of genre. If this doesn't make the hairs on your back stand up then nothing will.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars White Pony = best album of 2000 14 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the Deftone's best album, these guys are most definetly the best metal band on earth today. This album confirms it. It mixes great mellow songs like 'Digital bath', 'RX Queen', 'Pink Maggitt' and 'Teenager' with hard, melodic metal songs like 'Elite', 'Street Carp' and the albums best song - 'Knife Prty'. The rhythm section (in particular drummer Abe Cunningham) is fantastic as always, Stephen Carpenter uses his guitar to create some brilliant sounds and DJ Frank Delgados turntables add more ambience to the sound of 'White Pony'. And what of Chino Moreno? Well, Chino uses his voice brilliantly as always like sort of extra musical instrument. He explores the full range of his vocals on this album, where he goes from screaming 'youre into depression, cos it matches your eyes' on 'Elite' to sounding like a teenager on the song (you guessed it) 'Teenager'. His collaboration on 'Passenger' with Maynard from Tool is fantastic as it combines two of rock's most distinctive/powerful voices to stunning effect. Are you still reading this? Go buy 'White Pony'. Now! I repeat, you will NOT regret it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deftones at their peak. 29 July 2003
Format:Audio CD
I believe that with this album, the Deftones have reached their maximum potential. They've shown us with White Pony that they're not just another nu-metal band, but a great rock band with lots of different sides. My personal favourite song on the album has to be Digital Bath because its very soothing and the vocals are great. It's also a great song live. It features the hit single, change (in the house of flies) which has great lyrics and guitar riffs. If you're thinking of buying this album, yet think it might just be yet another nu-metal band,think again and buy it. You'll be impressed at the talent of song writing, musicians and the vocals.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Deftones are always amazing, they dont even need to try.
slightly prefer around the fur, but still dont fault this album
Published 1 month ago by Mike evans
3.0 out of 5 stars I got it for free
I got it for free with an mp3 I downloaded, I like the music but I wouldn't buy it myself anyway, so yeah it was worth it.
Published 4 months ago by xmissjenniferjayne
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of all time
The title says it all really. I have been a Deftones fan for years, and they (and indeed any other band) have never bettered this album. Sheer class. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gregory Bird
5.0 out of 5 stars Changing
This was an album that helped revolutionize modern day metal. Deftones as a whole helped create the sound of Nu Metal and this was the album that shot them right to the top of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jack Cox
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Was only keen on a coupl of Deftones tracks before, but had to check this out due to favourable word of mouth. Read more
Published 10 months ago by clare
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this CD!
i think this is a very good cd! not being a very big deftones fan myself, i have been trying to expand my cd library and i came across this masterpiece, this is a very varied... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Tish
4.0 out of 5 stars Creased White Pony
This arrived today so I've only had the chance to listen to it once. The four stars are solely for the music. Read more
Published 13 months ago by YoungPike
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album!
White Pony (U.S. Version) is one of the most original rock albums I have heard for quite a while. Starting off with 'Back to school', the album explodes into life. Read more
Published 14 months ago by MR MD ROGERSON
5.0 out of 5 stars masterpiece!
So many albums start strong and end weak! Not this one: It starts strong and ends even stronger! The last three songs are 10/10, 11/10 and 11/10! Read more
Published on 21 Sep 2011 by Stefan Sass
1.0 out of 5 stars Vinyl reissue a missed opportunity
This is a 5 Star record. The vinyl reissue is cheaply pressed with a standard printed cover. There is nothing special about this reissue that justifies the high price tag. Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2011 by Socrates
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