May 7, 2010
New Albums: Deftones and The New Pornographers
Deftones – Diamond Eyes
It’s been a little while since we’ve heard from Deftones, hasn’t it? Their last album, Saturday Night Wrist, was released in 2006 and peaked at #10 on the Billboard 200. Four years later comes Diamond Eyes, and I have to say, it’s just as good as their other stuff. It’s hard for a band to stay together and to remain consistent for nearly two decades, but Deftones seems to be able to do it very well.
So their new album, Diamond Eyes, contains eleven new songs. They’re all loud, brooding, and very punk rock. I like it. I especially like the song “Beauty School.” It reminds me of their song from 2003, “Minerva” (from the album Deftones). I also like “Rocket Skates.” It’s cool and just really loud…gets the adrenaline pumping, you know?
Deftones have been very successful in the U.S. even though I’m not sure I would consider them to be main stream. They stay in the background–for example, how many people do you know really know who the Deftones are, and can name their songs? But, then, on the other hand, they’ve sold over 3 million records in the United States alone. So they’re definitely successful. Actually, I think they have the perfect type of success: they sell millions of records but don’t have insane trampling fans (I’m talking about you, Bieber freaks).
Check out Diamond Eyes today! P.S. It has a badass cover. Owls are so weird.
The New Pornographers – Together
This band is seriously huge: it consists of seven members! Also, talk about a different kind of music from Deftones. Don’t get me wrong, I like them equally, but The New Pornographers are more like The Shins meet Simon and Garfunkel (see: “Crash Years” on Together) whereas Deftones are just in a category on their own. They yell a lot.
Anyway, I don’t have a lot of experience listening to The New Pornographers, but these Canadians can rock! I listened to their last album from 2007 and then Together. Since their release of their last album, Challengers, in 2007, they’ve just been touring and working on Together. Challengers was their most successful album yet, though, peaking at #34 on the Billboard 200. I have to say, I think I like Together even more.
A lot of indie music sounds the same, right? But The New Pornographers have seemed to have found a happy medium between mainstream and indie so that every song sounds unique. Whether they take a rock, pop, or folk angle, each song shows a different vision from the band. Take “Up in the Dark” and “A Bite Out of My Bed,” for example. Both songs are pretty fast-paced, but they each have a little ring of different genres to them: new wave and classic rock, respectively.
Check out Together today, and let’s hope it doesn’t take another three years for their next album!
Posted by Shaane at 7:00 am