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Around The Fur
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 17 March 2002
the deftones second outing gave us a darker and more original look at nu metal. both albums are equal, but those who prefer a diverse, haunting collage of heavy tracks (like me) will prefer this short and sweet gem. The best tracks are the two singles and dai the flu. my own summer is the best song to be played at full volume, an incredibly catchy and amazing guitar riff, a beatifully screamed chorus and wonderfully original lyrics. be quiet and drive is (in my opinion) the best deftones song because the vocals bring out the diversity of chino's voice, and the song has a repeated riff that drives the song forward backed up by thumping bass from chi cheng. dai the flu has a furiously catchy and dark tune which runs through the versus, perfecty complimenting such a song. max from sepultura and soulfly joins the party in the song 'headup' adding a more traditional metal feel to the album, followed by a great closure from mx, and the hidden track. However, every track is good, most are excellant and the album is definately worth getting before all others if you're into more original metal.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 16 January 2000
With their second album, the Deftones have exceeded all expectations to deliver one of the best metal albums of the 1990s. After bursting on the scene with the brutal if slightly rushed 'Adrenaline', 'Around The Fur' successfully combine haunting and melodic vocals with aggressive and raging guitars. From the outstanding opening track 'My Own Summer' to album closer 'MX' with its edgy and subdued feeling, the album does not have a single filler track. Highlights are many especially 'Be Quiet And Drive (Far Away)' which could be the best song the Deftones have recorded so far. The title track itself would put most bands in the "post-Korn" metal scene to shame and 'Lotion' is destined to become a live favourite for years to come. What sets the band apart from the numerous US metal bands at the moment is the songs are not one-dimensional work-outs, going from emotional vocals to cutting edge guitars without breaking sweat. 'Around The Fur' is brutal, raw and aggressive, but at the same time opens up its soul and displays intelligence.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 3 June 2003
..ATF is an album i was introduced to during my mid-teens, and still it is as magnificent to listen to now as it was then. Possibly the best 'all round' deftones record. there is a change of tone from adrenaline, the guitars are less 'tinny' and sound far heavier, yet chino's voice reaches new, wonderous heights, which were merely suggested at with their previous record 'adrenaline'. The album contains some of the most emotional, desperate musical moments ive ever heard - deftones are possibly the only band out at the moment to successfully bridge the gap between metal and post rock - this is far more prominent in their later work ('white pony' and 'deftones') but this album is very suggestive of the dramatic, climactic angle of many post-rock bands. To me every track is fantastic but highlights include - Around the fur, Mascara, Be Quiet and Drive and MX. - a record that has, and will continue to alter the future of music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 28 November 2001
I must admit I think nu-metal is pretty lame. But then Around The Fur, is far from your everyday nu-metal album. This has to be one of the most finely crafted heavy albums I've ever heard. To categorise, or even compare the album is difficult. Vocally the songs are an uneasy marriage of fragile drawn out melody and manic screaming discord. Don't expect the polished vocal harmonies of Linkin Park, this album is far more savage and haunting. The lyrics are drawn out, vague, and in places quite brilliant. It refreshing to here some challenging lyrics from a band who would stereotypically moan about some self involved meaningless drivel, indeed this is one step closer to the right direction. The guitars, as you may expect are down tuned, heavy, powerful - a tense mixture of tight powercords and eerie protracted mappings of the melody. The drums, are the undoubtedly the crutch of the album, a firm, heavy battery that cement the other less tangible aspects of songs such as Be Quiet and Drive, arguably the best song on the album. Around The Fur is my other personal favorite album, sinister and callous lyrics sung with tremendous veracity complement the chunky guitar and thumping drum beat - but, hay, I could rant all day about every song on this album, so just go and buy it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 2003
Quite simply, this album carries on where adrenaline left off, but takes the 'tones sound to a new level. The melodies are better, the lyrics are more acclomplished. This album has the trademark 'huge' sound, which adrenaline seemed to be missing. Adrenaline is fantastic, but ATF is simply a natural advancement for the 'tones. From here, they have carried on this kind of sound on white pony, and deftones, but have not bettered it. This album has also got their two best songs - my own summer, and be quiet and drive. Apart from those, look out for mascara, ATF, and the hidden track, as standout moments.
If you like nu metal, but want something more sophisticated, heavier, and ultimately far superior, then this and white pony are the albums to get. Equally, if you're into metallica, etc. but want to get into more modern music, then deftones are the band for you. Either way, get ATF, because it is THE BEST!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
deftones released a flawless album here,it summed up a genre of music when released ,it was so fresh,so vibrant and had great attitude,there isnt a bad song on here and some 10 years after its release it still sounds stunning so thats a classic,deftones have never bettered this and if they do then we are all in for a real treat,classics such as 'my own summer (shove it) and 'be quiet and drive' are on here among other gems,i guess it could be described as nu metal at times but not too much nu metal sounds good today,this does,i imagine most have this album and if you dont then get it,it is cracking from start to finish
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 March 2000
From the minute you hear the starting riff of My Own Summer you Know that this album is going to be something Special. The Guitar riffs are heavy, the drumming excellent and the singing is just out of this world. I couldnt beleive the difference between Chino's singing on this album compared to that of the first album. At one point he captures the mood brilliantly with his low smooth voice then burst into some serious screeming and gets the most wicked sounds out from his voice. I quite simply havent hear any singer in a band sing so well on an album for ages. Songs such as MX, Be Quiet and Drive are fantastic and beleive me i've heard them them live and they sound even better.
Over all I would recommend this album to fans who like progressive music and know what kicks ass
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 2006
Well to start off let me say this is definetly my favourite deftones album by far.The later stuff has a more mellow edge to it but you can always count on ATF to kick you in the face.Be Quiet and Drive(far away) got me into Deftones it was the first song i ever heard by them and it has always stuck with me.I couldnt rate this album without giving a mention to My Own Summer (Shove it) this song is probably one of the most popular songs created by the deftones with good reason to.If you ever had to get a NU-Metal album to relive those old glory days you couldnt do much wrong than purchase this.I suggest these songs even though the whole album is awesome listen to these - My Own Summer (Shove it), Mascara, Around the fur,Rickets and

Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 August 2003
This album is one of the best albums that Deftones have released during their quality time as a group that appeals to everyone. You go through every emotion listening to this album and you can understands where the emotions in the music are coming from. If you have the money for this album and you like nu-metal then i sugggest that you buy it.If you have never listened to Deftones before then this is the one to introduce you to them and the album that you will remember forever. Even if you're a 10 year old who gets £2 a week pocket money, then forget the sweets and save up for this album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 December 2004
So far none of the four albums released by Deftones have compared to Around the Fur. Chino's lyrics get darker but the band sounds alot more mature than on Adrenaline. While their latest release really captures the true essence of their sound, Around the fur shows what happens when they mix Stef's awesome riff's with Chino's soaring lyrics underlined by Franks atmospheric DJ'ing and Abe's powerful and epic sounding drumming. Whether you want to cruise down the streets blasting apart the techno monkeys or get some inspiration in your day to day life Around the Fur goes through all the emotions while making full sonic use of any system you might have.
Check out the hidden track on MX called Damone, which is one of the gems of the album. -Chung
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