was well received by critics earning an aggregate rating of 74 on Metacritic
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. The music website Sputnikmusic
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gave it a perfect score and praised the band for have returned to their heavy sound without leaving behind their experimental side, lauding also Moreno's abstract lyrics and the band's musicianship.
also praised the album, giving it four and a half out of five stars, stating: "In a genre considered creatively bankrupt, this is genuinely new metal." Dot music considered the album "an important leap forward for the band" while Rolling Stone
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stated: This is metal that crushes, then soothes; collapses, then soars... Deftones just blows open the possibilities.
In contrast, reviewers from sites such The A.V. Club
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or Allmusic, although giving it a positive score, criticized the band for have returned to their heavy style, instead of the more soft and artistic style of it's predecessor: the White Pony
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also give it a positive score, but complained about the album's notable darkness saying: "On their fourth album, Deftones are sad as hell, and they're not gonna take it anymore; this is less an 11-song album than a single long-form mope." A mixed review came from Playlouder
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, which, while praising band's musicianship criticized Moreno´s high screamed vocals.
All songs were written by Deftones except "Lucky You," by Deftones and DJ Crook.
- Stephen Carpenter
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- Chi Cheng
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– bass, backing vocals
- Abe Cunningham
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- Frank Delgado – sampling and keyboards
- Chino Moreno
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– vocals, guitar
- Terry Date
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– production, engineering and mixing
- Kinski Gallo – additional photography
- Sam Hofstedt – assistant engineering
- Frank Maddocks – art direction and design
- James R. Minchin III – band photography
- Rey Osburn – additional vocals (on "Lucky You")
- Pete Roberts – Pro Tools
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engineering and additional engineering
- Nick Spanos – additional photography
- Sean Tallman – assistant engineering
- Greg Wells
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