Sound — 10
The sound for this album is a lot different from everything else that they've done so far. It's a lighter metal but still has the same 'deftones' feel to it. Stephen Carpenter also has a 4 minute instrumental track on the album titled "U, U, D, D, L, R, L, R, A, B, Select, Start". The song is named after a code for a sega video game, so claims Carpenter. it's probably the lightest half of the album, alongside the final track 'Riviere'. For the song 'Mein', Chino Moreno (vocals) is accompanied by Serj Tankian of System Of A Down. Overall the album, for me, is probably one of the deftones highest accomplishments.
Lyrics — 7
The lyrics were a lot more focused on the state of the world, as opposed to Morenos personal demons or his boredom. This album's vocals had more soft spoken verses than shouted statements, unlike most of the other albums. It toned down the metal side of it, but it was equally done well.
Overall Impression — 9
The album itself was not recognized nearly as much as it should have been by metal fans or writers, and was nearly forgotten after the ad's were taken down. This is the Deftones final album, so they claim, so if you have not heard this album, go out and pick up a copy. If you don't like it, give it away to someone. don't ruin this work of art.