Around the Fur is the second studio album by alternative metal band Deftones, released in 1997. The songs "My Own Summer (Shove It)" and "Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)" were both released as singles with accompanying videos. It was their first RIAA-certified album, certified gold in June 1999, with Adrenaline also certified gold a few weeks later. The album was eventually certified platinum on June 7, 2011.
Around the Fur shows Deftones shifting away from the sound of their previous release. It is noted for using elements of genres such as new wave and shoegazing.
Around the Fur is the second album to feature Frank Delgado as additional personnel, who would eventually join the band officially in 1999.
The song "Headup" features Max Cavalera of Soulfly doing additional vocals. It was written by Max and Chino as a way of venting some of their pain over the loss of Max's step-son, and Chino's friend, Dana Wells. Soulfly is taken from a portmanteau invented for the song. English alternative rock band Muse cites Deftones as a root influence and sometimes uses the riff to "Headup" as an outro to their song "New Born" during live performances.
While the lyrics are in the booklet, not every single word is printed. A good example is the song "Lhabia" where in the verses, Chino Moreno whispers statements that are hard to make out. There is also one verse missing from the song "Headup".
The album cover was shot by photographer Rick Kosick during a late-night party in Seattle where the band was recording. Upon seeing the candid photo, the band proclaimed that they wanted to use it as the album cover. Kosick was unsure who the girl was, so the band had to find out and track down the woman to obtain her permission to use the photo, which she eventually granted.
"When we went in to make this record, we really didn't have a set idea of what we wanted to come out with," said Moreno in a 1998 interview with Chart magazine. However, he felt that the album "fell into place" once the band had settled into the studio. The band expanded its sound, spending more time with Date, and giving more thought to the album's production. Cunningham varied his drum sound and experimented by using different types of snare drum on almost every track. The album was praised for its loud-soft dynamics, the flow of the tracks, Moreno's unusual vocals, and the strong rhythm-section grooves created by Cheng and Cunningham.
The album generally received positive reviews from music critics. AllMusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote: "Deftones tap into the same alternative metal vibe as Korn and L7, and while they don't have catchy riffs or a fully developed sound, Around the Fur suggests they're about to come into their own." James P. Wisdom of Pitchfork described the songs from the album as "intense, harsh tunes," while Punknews.org thought that the album "showcased a band aware of their flaws, structure and lyrical approach, and thusly achieved an overall great improvement in said areas."