Adrenaline was great, but I thought around the fur topped it with the more focused songwriting and melody.
Adrenaline is the reason why people got excited about the Deftones. They never really expanded on that style. They switched gears and became a softer version of themselves. Personally, I didn't like that. I appreciated them more for their energy on Adrenaline.
This is the same argument that Red Hot Chili Peppers' fans have with each other. Some people only like everything from before One Hot Minute.
Others appreciate One Hot Minute as a classic Chili Peppers album and believe that it doesn't get the respect it deserves.
Other simply like anything the Chili Peppers release and believe the band can do no wrong.
We're having the classic Chili Peppers debate with the Deftones. I'm not a fan of their work post-Adrenaline.