Deftones
B-Sides and Rarities


4.0
excellent

Review

by The Flabbit Rides High USER (3 Reviews)
October 14th, 2005 | 102 replies | 19,221 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


4 of 6 thought this review was well written

It must be bad being the odd one out in a community which is so tight.

Think about it. Here is this magical genre thatís exploding with new artists and fans, but you just donít feel you belong.

This is exactly the case with a small Sacramento band called The Deftones. They were once apart of the group and now they do everything in their power to stay away from it! Chino Moreno publicly admitted that they werenít comfortable within that community, and that they were purposefully avoiding any contact with such bands as Limp Bizkit and Korn. They just didnít want to be associated with THAT kind of genre which was invested with hype, and ego. And what a smart move that was. Because, as well all know, The Deftones are capable of far more than just that!

Nice and Easy Does It Every time
So in moving away from the crowd, Nu-Metal began to fall apart as over-hyped albums tumbled and fell, and creativity dwindled. The band rather quietly went on vicious touring sprees, and slowly, album after album has gained critical acclaim.

With Around the Fur, people realized The Deftones werenít messing about. It was hard as nails, and pushed the envelope in terms of progression. But none more so than their 3rd album, White Pony. This album showed a different side to The Deftones., full of experimental tracks, slow moving time-signatures, creepy ambience from their DJ, but most of all it showed balls. To go from a seriously hard rock band to this album, and still gain critical acclaim shows us that The Deftones are more than just a flash in the pan. They had talent.

The most recent album, Deftones (which was originally going to be called ďLovers"), is a step back into hard rock territory, but not without its differences. Combining eerie and disturbing backdrops of sonic walls, the guitars were tuned down to drop A or something on some songs, which showed that The Deftones could still rock out. The heavy ambience and unbelievable vocal progression from Chino has made the self-titled a masterpiece in its own right, a classic within its repertoire.

While we await the new album sometime next year, their label Maverick decided to give us something to tide us over till its arrival. Itís a B-sides album with loads of covers and acoustic versions of some of the highlights in The Deftonesís career. That and its pretty damn good for a rarities album...

First thing youíre likely to notice in these songs are the often obscure choices the band made to cover. From Sade to Duran Duran, to Helmet and Cocteau Twins, this was going to be a different ride than most would assume.

The album starts of with a Jawbox cover called Savory. Itís a slow stomping song, with great instrumental work, but most of all shows some of the best clean vocals from Chino ever. Most songs on the album do actually with some exception in the acoustic versions. Its a neat songs with a great hook. ďOne hand will wash the other!".

There are some disco-oriented songs on here too. Wax and Wane is a Cocteau Twins cover with a macarbre guitar guiding the way, but its all pretty childlike getting to the chorus. The ambience Deftones created works well with this genre as well. No Ordinary Love is also unusual. Itís a cover from Sade who is mostly recognised as a great singer, and R&B artist. Itís quite cute as Chino tries to replicate the song with his almost feminine crooning. Itís a slow song, chilled out, and more background music than anything else.

Simple Man from Lynyrd Skynyrd is next up. Itís a nice song, but lacks the aura Deftones creates with songs. But I guess itís just a cover, and as a cover itís pretty decent.

Some of the more hard songs on the album include the Helmet cover Sinatra, and the rare Crenshaw Punch which was at a time only available overseas. Sinatra is an excellent cover song. It reminds me of the atmosphere in the self-tiled album, disturbing. Chinoís whining only makes it more ominous, with exceptional instrumental work from the rest of the band. I especially love the E-Bow type sound running through the backdrop.

Teenager (idiot version) is just a remix of the original on White Pony, but sounds almost exactly the same. I skip it mostly because it bores me, but it is a really chilled-out song with merits. Black Moon is a Hip-Hop type song and features Cypress Hill. Itís a great song, but once again, not very in-your-face. Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want is a Smithís cover, but itís done wonderfully. Itís playful, and yet very sombre at the same time. Some if these covers on the albums show that Deftones really take pride in their work, which has indeed brought them this far in their career.

I left the last two covers for last as they seem to stand out from the rest. Firstly, If Only Tonight We Can Sleep by The Cure, performed at their ceremonial event on MTV. Itís an amazing live version with eastern-type instruments, and the remarkable Chino voice to guide the way. They really were the stand-out act that night. Next, The Chauffeur by Duran Duran. Now this is more like it! This sounds as if it could fit in exactly into White Pony and it wouldnít skip a beat. Itís dark, subtle, and fragile, until the end where it explodes in the main riff distorted. This is where the DJ with his great talent comes into play, layering it with textured sonics and a backdrop of intensified emotion. Simply put, itís brilliant.

There are also a number of acoustic versions of songs here. Change (In the House of Flies) starts off immediately with background e-bow type sounds and an acoustic type drum-beat. Most of the acoustic songs are mostly the same with the exception of the last one, Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away). This acoustic version is quite remarkable. It has managed to changed the whole mood of the song by making it feel a bit more up-beat. Chino romantically croons ďFar away...." as if it is his last performance, and the rest of the band modestly brings out the differences in the song by the more acid-jazz type of chill-out style. That was the best acoustic version I have ever heard from a band, but that is actually what Iíve come to expect from The Deftones.

There are a few flaws however. I mean, this is not going to be the next Deftones record. Itís got obscure song choices, most of whom you will have to do some research on before remembering who they were. Some of the rare songs also have some bad recording quality, and listening on headphones will prove that, and makes it sometimes difficult to listen to. However, itís not all that bad, and can be over-looked quite easily.

Truth be told, I actually really like this record. It got lots of nice covers, nice ambience, great acoustic covers, and for those of you drooling for more Deftones, a little turn-over till the new album comes along.

Certainly worth your money if you love Deftones. A great collectorís piece.

4/5

Pros:
1. Great Covers
2. Amazing acoustic songs
3. Great singing from Chino

Cons:
1. Sound quality dwindles somewhat
2. Some songs are a bit boring


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Storm In A Teacup
October 14th 2005



12702 Comments


Alright review, but you spent half of the review talking about the bands history.

The Flabbit Rides High
October 14th 2005



73 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sometimes I feel letting in on the history gets readers more involved in the review.

Just my opinion anyway.

Storm In A Teacup
October 14th 2005



12702 Comments


It's your review so then it's your call.

The Flabbit Rides High
October 14th 2005



73 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hehe. cool man.

Thanks for the compliment anyhow.

Kage
October 14th 2005



1173 Comments


I though the review was good, and the history set up your comments on the actual release.

I haven't picked this up yet, but I plan to. The only problem is that I've heard several of the songs on it already, but it's still something I'll want in my collection.

choke383
October 14th 2005



66 Comments


Nice review man. This album is pretty good for a bunch of tunes that never made any records. The DVD is exelent, even tho there is not much more than their videos.
I spent all the rest of my money on this cd :-O, I guess I dont really have to eat next week.

I cant wait for the next album. I hope it will be more like white poney, or their older stuff (even if it wont) ... I never got in to the s/t.

This Message Edited On 10.14.05

The Flabbit Rides High
October 14th 2005



73 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys.

Im also a big fan of White Pony. I hope they can combine the agressive elements of Around The Fur with White Pony. That would make for an interesting listen.

Xander_Christ
October 14th 2005



132 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice review. I've heard a couple songs from here. Should look into getting it.
Any idea when their next real album is heading for stores? Last I heard, it was sometime in Spring 2006.


reneklown
October 14th 2005



32 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Spring 2006 is a pretty accurate estimate from what I know.

The review was good, but I don't think you went as in depth on some of the songs as you could have. "Teenager" and "Black Moon" barely have any descriptions, and there's no credit to the singer of the band Idiot Pilot, who sings the high pitched parts in "Teenager". Also, there was only one sentence about the DVD. I know it's just the music videos and a few extras, but it's important to know that a DVD's coming too if people are looking to buy this and didn't know.

I did like your descriptions of the acoustic songs a lot, though, they reflect how I feel quite well. Also, the history part is well done and a good idea to start the review with. Again, the review's not bad, but I don't think it quite reaches the quality of the album being reviewed.



The Flabbit Rides High
October 14th 2005



73 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you for your insight. I appreciate it.

You are right. I didn't go into too much detail surrounding Black Moon or Teenager as I felt they were the 2 songs that didn't stand out for me personally.

They arn't bad songs, it just that I wanted to go into more detail on the other songs as I feel they represent the album as a whole better. Again, its just opinions.

Thanks though.

PS. I didn't really know who the covers were from most of the songs so I had to do some research. I DID get some info on the singer in Teenager, and apparently he sings on other songs as well, such as Change and Digital Bath I think. I might be wrong. Im sorry for not putting it in. Again, not a big issue really.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 14th 2005



15732 Comments


good review. Excellent work so far from your career here on sputnikmusic.This Message Edited On 10.14.05

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 14th 2005



15732 Comments


Good luck. Yer second review totally kicks ass. My second was my worst.... But you have a taste for it, right from the beginning. I don't know much metal, and I didn't even know the Deftones was metal at all. Are they like Scream your brains out metal, or more of an alternative metal?

The Flabbit Rides High
October 14th 2005



73 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow, thanks for the compliment!

Yeah, I wouldn't nesseceraly classify them as metal as such. They are more like atmospheric hard rock with certain metal and hardcore influences. They definataly aren't Nu-Metal.

All there albums differ though. You'll maybe find you like WhitePony more because it has more experimental work on a softer level while Around The Fur has some great hard songs with lots of screaming. Deftones is an album with lots os atmosphere, and sometimes creeps me out. Its a great cd though.

Anyway.

The Flabbit Rides High
October 14th 2005



73 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

In your previous post, were you refering to my Anathema review or this one? Because this is actually my third review.

You might actually like Anathema. They are as alternative as you might find! Let me know. I can meybe organise you some tunes.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 14th 2005



15732 Comments


They're still "metal". I thought the one u did yesterday was your first, but I was wrong. I'm gonna go check out yer first.

NEDM
October 14th 2005



1113 Comments


I was never a big Deftones fan, but great review :thumb:

I'm Charming
October 14th 2005



332 Comments


About the music finally,

I've always liked the deftones,
I only have white pony and Deftones.
Both are good, I want to get around the fur though.

Alright/good review.

The Flabbit Rides High
October 14th 2005



73 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[quote=ManMadeGod]Alright/good review.
[/quote]

Hehe, thanks, but im sure that means I can improve somewhere.

Any flaws you'd like to point out to me? IM starting on my next one, but would like to be sure of my shit before I start.

Thanks.

Storm In A Teacup
October 14th 2005



12702 Comments


Now that everybody can be serious and talk about music again, I have a question.

Do the Deftones sound more like their song Minerva(I don't like) or Change(One of my top four played songs on my iPod out of 1,500)?

The Flabbit Rides High
October 14th 2005



73 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[quote=Kripes]Now that everybody can be serious and talk about music again, I have a question.

Do the Deftones sound more like their song Minerva(I don't like) or Change(One of my top four played songs on my iPod out of 1,500)?
[/quote]

Its not as simple as that im afraid. Their albums tend to have both qualities you pointed out. There are the slower, more emotional songs, and there are the harder, more approachable songs.

You'll find that the songs you'll hated in the beginning will start to grow on you eventually. You just have to give it a chance.

Thats how it is with new music im afraid!



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