B-Sides and Rarities (2005)
Reviewed by MaT, added on Oct 24 2005
B-Sides and Rarities is made for fans of the Deftones. It's two discs and, as the title proclaims, is full of tracks you won't find on any of the full length Deftones cd's; leftover studio tracks, covers, and acoustic versions of some of their most popular songs. Basically, anything you can find for free online. So is this latest release worth picking up?
The main bone thrown out to fans is the second disc. It contains every music video the band has done and a small amount of extra footage that doesn't amount to much. It's sad to say, but the videos for Deftones have always been lacking. There's really not much of anything to any of them with the posssible exception of "Change (in the house of flies)", but even that comes off as a crappy MTV show with a fat Chino looking completely out of place singing around a bunch of passed out teenagers. Making the videos the main draw is questionable since who is really, other than die-hard Deftones fans', going to sit down and watch these terrible videos more than once? And they are bad. No question there. The songs are great, but the band has never quite been able to find anyone to bring their songs to life cinematically.
So that leaves us with the music. Obviously, b-sides are b-sides for a reason. Most of the songs featured won't be winning any love points from the Deftones' faithful with the exception of "Savory" (which was a collaboration with fellow Sacramento screamo band, Far) and a great slow tempo version of "Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)". The rest of the disc features covers of songs by The Cure, Cocteau Twins, Sade (yes, that Sade), Duran Duran, and even Lynard Skynard. Unfortunately, none of these tracks are all that memorable and I was left scratching my head as to why these tracks were included when i have heard better covers (of higher quality I might add) by the band.
Deftones are in my top 5 favorite bands. Normally, I'd recommend any release, with the possible exception of their below average self-titled disc, but B-Sides and Rarities marks their second straight below average release. Let's hope their upcoming full length of new material restores my lost faith.