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Author's Rating
Vocals 9
Musicianship 8.75
Lyrics 8.75
Production 8.5
Creativity 8.25
Lasting Value 8
Reviewer Tilt 8.75
Final Verdict: 86%
Member Ratings
Vocals 9
Musicianship 9
Lyrics 9
Production 8.5
Creativity 8.25
Lasting Value 8
Reviewer Tilt 8.75
Average: 86%
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Deftones - B-Sides & Rarities

Reviewed by: Drew Beringer (12/02/05)
Deftones- B-Sides & Rarities
Released: October 4th, 2005
Record Label: Maverick Records

As some of you know, I am a huge Deftones fan. They are the band that change my outlook on music and still influence me to this very day. So, you could imagine my excitement when I received the Deftones "B-Sides & Rarities" CD/DVD in the mail from Maverick. Since their beginning in 1995, the Deftones (featuring vocalist and guitarist Chino Moreno, Frank Delgado on samples and keys, drummer Abe Cunningham, bassit Chi Cheng, and guitarist Stephen Carpenter) have released 4 stellar albums and they have always been about the music, not the fame. Take for example the huge nu-metal craze in the mid-ninties. Nu-metal was hitting its high point during this time, and the Deftones were unwillingly lumped into that genre. Instead of taking the easy way and capitalizing on this fad, they took a huge left turn and released "White Pony", which, some say, has turned the Deftones into heavy metal's version of Radiohead. The Deftones have also followed their hearts, not the money in the industry, and that reason alone is why so many fans love and respect this band. So tens years since the release of their first album, "Adrenaline", the Deftones have decided to give their fans a little treat. "B-Sides & Rarities" includes 14 songs from the vault; these songs include covers, rare tracks from the White Pony Sessions, and acoustic versions of some of the Deftones most popular songs.

"Savory" begins with menacing guitars and displays the chilling vocals of Chino. Chino's vocals are what make this song so good. The first song that the Deftones cover is the Cocteau Twins "Wax and Wane." The Deftones version has a dark techno vibe to it, which is similar to the track "Lucky You" from their self-titled album. "Change (In The House Of Flies)" gets the acoustic treatment on this record. This track is done very well unplugged, with Chino's haunting vocals anchoring this song. Another track from "White Pony," "Teenager," is redone on this record, also. A simple track to begin with, it has more instrumentation this time around, and Michael Harris joins Chino on this version. "Crenshaw Punch/I'll Throw Rocks At You," a b-side from "Around The Fur," is a moody mid-tempo track that starts with Chino barely whispering over the contrasting guitars in the verses to the rising passion in the chorus. "Black Moon," a "White Pony" b-side, features Cypress Hill's B-Real. It's another dark track, but with a hip-hop vibe this time around. The Deftones cover of The Cure's "If Only Tonight We Could Sleep" is very good. This song was recorded live at MTV's Icon show for The Cure in 2004. The Defones perfectly capture the sound of the Cure in this track, and is one of my favorite tracks on this collection. The Deftones also cover Morrissey's "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want", which also stands out on this record. I love the fact that the Deftones covered such bands that aren't in the same type of genre, and this is a great example of the Deftones musical range. The Deftones also added acoustic versions of "Digital Bath" and "Be Quiet And Drive (Far Away)," two tracks that give me goosebumps. Chino's voice is one of the best I have ever heard. The way Chino can go from a blood-curdling scream to a haunting whisper is amazing. As for the DVD, the Deftones have included all 11 of their music videos, as well as some live footage and exclusive band interviews. The DVD is a perfect compliment to the CD portion of this collection. The 14 tracks and music videos put together for this collection take you on a journey through the different musical styles and influences of the Deftones. From looking through the 24-page booklet of fan-submitted live photos of the band to the embossed hard album cover, you can tell that the Deftones put a lot of time and effort into this collection, truly showing their appreciation of their fans.

I could probably go on and on for paragraphs about the Deftones and all their work, but no one would want to read about how much of a fanboy am I of the Deftones. They are one of my all-time favorite bands, so the ďB-Sides & RaritiesĒ collection is very awesome to me. Iím not going to give this record a rating because itís a collection of B-Sides, which is not the bandís top work. But I am going to highly recommend to all, especially if youíre a fan of the Deftones. This is must-own for all Deftone fans and it will hold us over till the Deftones fifth album.
 
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10:13 AM on 12/07/05
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this is a great review.
I am a very very big deftones fan
and this whole album gave me chills.
08:06 PM on 12/13/05
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This review has 2 flaws I'd like to point out. Savory IS the first cover. It was originally done by Jawbox. And 50% of the vocals are done by the utterly amazing Jonah Matranga of Far/onelinedrawing. Which takes me to the next flaw. Where's his credit? He's on 3 songs. No Ordinary Love, Savory, and Be Quite And Drive. Do some more research before jumping to the chance to write a record review.
02:29 PM on 01/07/06
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i never really listened to any of their albums
11:17 PM on 02/16/06
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Originally Posted by kata_rokkar
This review has 2 flaws I'd like to point out. Savory IS the first cover. It was originally done by Jawbox. And 50% of the vocals are done by the utterly amazing Jonah Matranga of Far/onelinedrawing. Which takes me to the next flaw. Where's his credit? He's on 3 songs. No Ordinary Love, Savory, and Be Quite And Drive. Do some more research before jumping to the chance to write a record review.

overall this is a good review. deftones are my favorite all-time band. it is true about jonah. he didnt get any props on this review, but that is the cd credits section's job not the reviewers. it is also true "savory" is the first cover. it should also be noted that there is a cover of "simple man" by lynard skynard on this album. talk about covering bands that arent in your genre, lol.
06:34 PM on 04/02/07
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love me some 'tones
07:15 AM on 05/21/10
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fantastic. as every deftones release, one the best bands ever to grace this planet :D
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