The Sound And Some Fury

The Deftones are hailed as the best nu-metal has to offer. There's nothing like grading on a curve

If Chino Moreno were a girl--and he'll probably take this the wrong way--he would be Christina Aguilera. The nu-metal that Moreno yawps as lead singer of Deftones is the masculine obverse of Aguilera's teen pop; both are gender-and age-specific modes of musical expression about sex, self-doubt and self-pity. Both tend to be pretty awful. But Moreno, like his Dirrty doppelganger, is perceived as being a cut above his peers, mainly because he can sing and occasionally because he can think.

The Deftones' self-titled fourth album has enough of the usual brain-crunching power chords, curdling screams and angst to keep the...

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