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Deftones - Covers [12-inch] (Cover Artwork)

Deftones

Deftones: Covers [12-inch]Covers [12-inch] (2011)
Warner Bros.

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As an avid Deftones fan, going through the internet archives searching for rarities and whatnot has constantly kept me happy and wanting even more. Most hardcore fans of any music will tell you the same thing. Getting that live bootleg, or MP3 single of such-and-such song has been the equivalent to .
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As an avid Deftones fan, going through the internet archives searching for rarities and whatnot has constantly kept me happy and wanting even more. Most hardcore fans of any music will tell you the same thing. Getting that live bootleg, or MP3 single of such-and-such song has been the equivalent to Pokémon collecting, and having one is not enough. Thanks to the good folks in the Deftones camp, they have taken that notion and put together this exclusive vinyl for Record Store Day, simply titled Covers.

This 11-song collection is spread wide across the musical spectrum and it should be a really good indication of what inspires the band. Deftones have always held the title of being hard to pigeonhole, and with the choices of covering bands like the Cure, the Cardigans, Jawbox, Drive Like Jehu and Sade, you will probably agree. The album starts off with perhaps the most elegant cover, "Drive", which was originally performed by the Cars. Chino Moreno's take on the late '70s/early '80s new wave style is most excellent, and it showcases his wonderful ability to actually sing and croon without the harsh screaming he's usually known for. This same style is used to great effect on their cover of the song, "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" by the Smiths. Chino does Morrissey's vocals terrifically without being a spot-on impersonation.

The rest of the band doesn't disappoint, either. Recorded during the span of their career as a band, each cover showcases their then-current talent and dedication to the spirit of the songs themselves. One of the more odd covers on the album is "Simple Man" by Lynyrd Skynyrd. This was apparently recorded way back, pre-Adrenaline days, and going by the sound and style, you could probably notice that, but what's amazing is that its rawness shines through, underneath a band about to break into otherworldly territories. It's a unique expression of their honest musicianship and desire to "go there."

Other highlights, such as "Savory" by Jawbox and "Caress" by Drive Like Jehu, respectfully, enable the band to go off, and it's sheer, spastic goodness. Stephen Carpenter's guitars screech and crunch, while Abe Cunningham pounds on the drum kit like his life depended on it. Also, Chi Cheng complements with his bass playing, and even Sergio Vega gets some time in as Chi's current replacement on the DLJ cover.

Some of their other known covers by artists like Cocteau Twins, Helmet, Suicidal Tendencies and Weezer are left out, but by no accounts does that falter the album. You can tell the band's excitement when listening. The 11 tracks go by quickly while the vinyl spins and gently scratches, giving the songs an overall humble quality, and hearing one of my favorite bands on this format for the first time is quite the experience. Dig it...

 

 
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lookingforcorpses (May 16, 2011)

"I really enjoy the deftones, but I could go my entire life without their covers."

I find their covers to usually be mind-blowing.

wallofyouth (May 16, 2011)

is the cover art a reference to michael snow's "cover to cover"?

eatdogs (May 16, 2011)

thanks punknews for fixing my error. minus punk points...

samthecritic (May 14, 2011)

Nevermind that last comment, I re-read this.

samthecritic (May 14, 2011)

"I wasn't aware that Frank played drums for the Deftones...I was quite positive it was Abe Cunningham. :-)"

Truth, and I'm pretty sure Chi Cheng is unable to play bass at the moment. :P

powerbait (May 14, 2011)

I love their cover of Savory.

fixedfrequencies (May 14, 2011)

I really enjoy the deftones, but I could go my entire life without their covers.

skolarx (May 13, 2011)

i dislike the deftones. i've seen them several times between warped tour 97 and whenever the tour with thursday and thirce was so i have a range of their career to draw that opinion on, however i am very interested in this record for the simple fact that i love cover songs and i like almost every song on this.

eatdogs (May 13, 2011)

thanks punknews for posting my review...

skeetopunk01 (May 13, 2011)

I picked up one of these on RSD 2011 along with the Foo Fighters Medium Rare and Nirvana Hormoaning EP.

therraunch (May 13, 2011)

I wasn't aware that Frank played drums for the Deftones...I was quite positive it was Abe Cunningham. :-)

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