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Deftones - B-Sides and Rarities Review

by Brodie

You need to know this now……Deftones own you.

However, they come about as close as is possible to not living up to that here. Granted, this is nothing more than some extras they've had sitting around from over the years, but it doesn't quite deliver the goods that hardcore Deftones fans would liked to have seen. Regardless, it is a Deftones release, and for that, it deserves more than the typical listen.

The songs Chino and the gang included on this disc seem to be, for the most part, a collection of their slower paced, more 'droning' material. Evidence of this can be heard, even in the first two tracks, "Savory", and "Wax and Wane". Both are good, mid-tempo examples of what Deftones do best in this regard. If they're not hitting you in the face, they suck you in with spacey guitars, and hypnotic drum beats. Such is the case here.

The cd also includes quite a few covers. While the band nails an EXCELLENT version of Sade's "No Ordinary Love", as well as The Cure's "If Only Tonight We Could Sleep" (live), they miss the mark on Lynard Skynard's "Simple Man". I'm not sure that track should have even been included on the cd. The song just doesn't do anything for me, but that could be due to the original version, and not Deftones' cover of it here. The band also covers Duran Duran's "The Chauffeur", which they also do quite well, although the guitar tones are a bit lacking.

The band was sure to include some acoustic renditions of a few favorites as well, toning down "Change (In the House of Flies)", "Mechanical Bath", and "Be Quiet and Drive", the latter of which closes out the cd quite nicely.

Overall, it's obvious that a few of these were a bit too experimental to end up on a Deftones release. But by holding back these tracks, they've exposed newer fans who may not have heard some of these songs to a different side of their music. Die-hard Deftones fans might be a bit disappointed, as these songs are probably nothing new.

With the accompanying DVD, we also finally get all of the band's videos in one place, with some additional footage included, as well as the previously unreleased video for "Root". Included are 3 videos from "Adrenaline", 2 from "Around the Fur", 3 from "White Pony", and 3 from "Deftones". This is the best thing the band could have done to accompany the cd release, especially for someone *cough*me*cough* who doesn't take the time to trudge through all the MTV tripe to see good videos. This is definitely a welcome addition to the cd, and more than makes up for any flaws the cd release might have.

As with releases before this, Deftones prove that, while you might not love every single second of a release, they do little wrong in the way of giving their fans what they want, and that is solid material, even if it's only purpose is holding you over until their new album hits next year.

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