Is Disturbed’s B-Sides collection worth it?
The Lost Children
You’ve heard the sound. Hard guitars, occasional double bass drums and the unmistakably grab-you-by-the-throat-and-scream-in-your-face voice of David Draiman. Chances are you either like them or don’t. There is no middle ground with hard rock groups, especially ones with a lead singer who’s voice is instantly recognizable. If you don’t like them, you can stop reading. You won’t agree with this review. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
Okay, now for the rest of you, this is just like any other Disturbed album. The only difference is that these songs are a collection of bonus tracks and the like from the past three albums. But it sounds just like any other Disturbed album. Pulsating rhythms, crowd-indusing chants of “Hey!” (on the previously unreleased track “Mine”), smoking guitar riffing and of course Draiman’s nightmare-indusing vocals.
The first single “Hell” is on par with some of their best songs like “Prayer” and “Stupify.” The rest of the album is decent, but after a while (just like the rest of their albums) the songs start sounding a lot alike. It’s not that they are bad, they are better than 90% of what’s playing on rock radio right now, they just sound a lot alike.
So, to answer the question: Is The Lost Children worth your increasingly hard-earned dollars? Yes. Even if you have to stop halfway through and come back, it’s better than almost any other rock album out right now. Disturbed knows what they are good at and they prove it 16 times on this collection alone.