Deftones- Saturday Night Wrist (Maverick)

The Arts — By on November 7, 2006 at 7:03 pm

Can nu-metal age gracefully? The Deftones seem to be giving it a shot on their first album in three years, the clunkily-titled Saturday Night Wrist. While easy listening it ain’t, it does stand as their best, most accomplished effort to date- just edging out 2000’s commercial breakthough White Pony. The aesthetic that The ‘Tones have been refining for roughly ten years now- Faith No More/Life Of Agony aggression with Radiohead melodies- pours out of the speakers fully realized (and sounding remarkably like Siamese Dream-era Smashing Punpkins) on standouts like “Cherry Waves”, “Kimdracula”, “Hole In The Earth”, and “Mein” (which features additional vocals courtesy of System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian). Pink Floyd/Kiss/Alice Cooper producer Bob Ezrin provides palatable-yet-powerful production (thankfully, Saturday Night Wrist is more The Wall than Music From The Elder) that sounds better the louder you play it. As usual, I don’t have a freakin’ clue what Chino Moreno is singing about, but it fits his sleepy-then-shouted style perfectly. After all, do we understand every word we hear in a dream? The Deftones are the soundtrack to that Ny-Quil-induced dream. Tune in, turn up, and pass out.

RATING (1-10): 7.5

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