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Deftones – Smile

Posted: 24/04/2014 in Album Review
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Given the weighty backstory of this there is an initial fear, what if it’s not very good, are you allowed to throw the book at a memorial track? Thing is, Deftones – much like nineties luminaries QotSA, Tool and NIN – never get a bad review, even though collectively their last works were below par. That’s ok. There’s zero editorial pressure here at Asunderground. Just the moral issue.

It’s with some relief that it is actually quite good (ish). Not close to the millennium good, but solid nonetheless. It’s one of the alt-rock non-singles that invariably end up being the best tracks on the album. That’s stretch but it’s pretty good.

Lyrics were never the strong suit and true to form they are phoned in here. Curiously, they are presented very small on the screen. Tip tip: don’t read them. You’re not even getting a quote here. Put simply, it’s about fucking. Who want’s yet another Deftones song about fucking? Seems an odd choice of subject to mark someone’s death.

So why is there so little to say about the music? In fact, now that it’s stopped playing, it’s difficult to remember any detail at all, which after about nine listens is actually disturbing. Presumably the band haven’t unlocked the mystery of broadcast amnesia. So the only conclusion is that it isn’t any good after all. It’s the most cardinal of all sins. Kind of boring…

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Perhaps not a popular opinion, but it could be argued there is a bit of emperors new clothes about Sigur Rós.

Not their fault, of course. Along with Explosions in the Sky they have been chosen as the go-to post-rock bands for people who are not really into post-rock. There are so many amazing post-rock/shoegaze bands you do have to wonder who choses which get big?

Sigur Rós had promised that the album would be more ‘aggressive’. This is a total cliche for bands decades into their career, along with ‘going back to our roots’ or ‘the electronic album’. In all fairness, there is an industrial edge to the title track but the rest of the album is very familiar.

Kveikur – according to Google translate it means kindle – isn’t in anyway a bad album, although it does have a feeling of treading water. The aforementioned title track is the only place they really get out of their comfort zone but with that they sound a bit flummoxed as to what to do with their new sound.

So it’s business as usual for Sigur Rós and as such a pretty reliable 45 minutes. It will sell well and be in the end of year polls. like the last Deftones album though, you are left asking ‘if this was their debut would anyone actually care’?

I just reviewed a Sigur Rós album and didn’t use the word ‘glacial’ once. Pretty good.