James Christopher Monger, writing for AllMusic, says that The End, So Far “may not be a home run, but it proves that the band are still in it to win it, even if they’re playing the long game.”
I couldn’t have put it better myself.
Basically, Slipknot steps up to the plate and achieves a real slam-dunk here. They don’t pull any punches, and although The End, So Far drops the ball in a few places it makes the case that they’re hands-down still in the running. The album sails out of the gate with all cylinders flying before entering a tailspin and falling behind the eightball, but just when its back’s against the wall, it does a volte-face, entering the home stretch and coming up trumps across the board.
The album? I skipped around on a few tracks and then deleted it. Life’s too short.