Great album. I've been a deftones fan for over 15 years and they have yet to truly disappoint. This album is a bit of a grower because it has a slower tempo at times but the atmosphere and textures on this album are amazing.
From an atmosphere standpoint, they haven't put out an album this cohesive since White Pony. As far as comparisons to ATF, I think some individual riffs may reference that but I definitely do not think this album as a whole is anywhere close sound-wise to ATF. ATF had this raw sound without all the layered textures that WP or this album have. This album is flush with dreampop and almost new wave synth and electronics. I love both ATF and this album but I see them as very different animals.
I really don't get why some people are hating on the production. It is a little different for a deftones album but I think it works really well with the sound on this album. I'd probably give the production an easy 7 and the album is easily an 8/10.
It's been a real honor to watch this band's journey over the years. Seeing their latest interviews and how much a of a simpler process it is for them to get together and write compared to a decade ago, it really comes through in the music over these last two records.
There's an interesting throwback in the bridge of "Graphic Nature" where Abe plays the exact same beat from the chorus of "Digital Bath." Clever little rascal, that Cunningham.
great review for an amazing album. i'm so glad that deftones are fully back on their game. they never completely lost it, but i'll admit that Saturday Night Wrist was kind of a miss for me. I was weary when Diamond Eyes was being released but then blown away by how well they had come back to form. Koi No Yokan proves to me that they are showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
I love Romantic Dreams, Gauze and What Happened To You but it seems like some songs don't go anywhere which makes them too long (Entombed that tapping riff never ends, Graphic Nature) and bore me. anyway i've never loved one of their albums on the first listen (excepted Diamond Eyes) so it might be a grower as usual.