Faith No More
Angel Dust


4.5
superb

Review

by Jawaharal USER (33 Reviews)
October 17th, 2005 | 20 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist


Remember stoner movie classics and how they portrayed the funny, happy side of getting high? Like in Up In Smoke where Pedro and his pal were just having the best time driving a van made of weed. This album is sorta like that, minus the happy good feelings. It feels like devil himself was in the weed you smoked and got in your head slowly driving you insane. I can barely listen to the first two songs by myself at night without soiling myself (not quite but the dramatic extreme always gets the point across.) Its that haunting and powerful.

Even from the opening track the use of voices in the backdrop and creepy breakdowns is present. It feels like people are in your head when samples of typical rehab questions and a white trash loser mumbling about how shitty his life is floating in your head. The music always has this eerie feel and the lyrics can be just as creepy. The majority of the songs are about drugs or violence and all those bad things no one likes. Examples of the lyrics are "I'm gonna tell my kids they aren't ever gonna amount to nothin", "Squash Me Smaller and Smaller" and from Be Aggressive which is about oral sex "Tall and reckless ugly seed reach down my throat you filthy bird" "I SWALLOW, I SWALLOW, I SWALLOW, I SWALLOW." Though every now and then Patton reveals some of his twisted humor and occasionally makes you laugh. Who can't help but chuckle at his awesome impersonation of a fat couch potato?

Musically this album succeeds as well. Mike Pattonĺs voice is so smooth and delightful. His shouts are also on key and he hits all the right notes even when he his unleashing the anger. Faith No More doesn't fail to impress with their signature funky metal either. All Patton projects are on some degree of weirdness but this doesn't compare on the weird meter to his later projects like Fantomas and Mr. Bungle. The bass is excellent and funky. The guitars and keyboards especially are great. The guitar solos are great but the keyboards really do a good job with creating the creepy atmosphere. The breakdowns on Caffeine wouldn't have been complete without the keyboard flittering around your head.

There is not a bad song on this album either. All of them provide listening value and are all classics in their own right. Even the rambles of the white trash on RV is awesome. I really couldn't have asked for a better Patton project than this. It's not extreme with the weirdness, it has great music, and good lyrics. This album is not easily forgotten and is a really haunting experience.

Easily a very high 4.5.
Weird Factor: Quirky



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pulseczar
October 17th 2005


2385 Comments


OMG a cheeto-t review! Ive never heard this band but good review

Thor
October 17th 2005


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You gotta love this band. Every song on this album was enjoyable. Good review too.

Jawaharal
October 17th 2005


1832 Comments


OMG a cheeto-t review! Ive never heard this band but good review

Ya, its been awhile since I've reviewed something

Meteora3255
October 17th 2005


194 Comments


I find that amazing, that you haven't at least heard Epic, after all it was and at least here in Fort Wayne played to death.

Zebra
Moderator
October 17th 2005


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Short and effective, very nice review cheeto.

This album is good, but I find it slightly overated. I think that this band is better than Mr.bungle.

Ficus
October 18th 2005


28 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good review; its one of my favorite albums.

Kage
October 18th 2005


1172 Comments


I need to look into this. Based on the first paragraph alone, it seems like something I'd like, but I've heard some FNM songs and I didn't like them. They weren't from this album, though, so I should probably give it a try.

Neoteric
October 18th 2005


3243 Comments


Brilliant review. Good album at times.

Kid A
October 18th 2005


261 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Mmmmm Mike Patton.

Xander_Christ
October 18th 2005


132 Comments


How does this album compare to Album of the Year (which I have but don't much care for)?

Jawaharal
October 18th 2005


1832 Comments


This is their best album by far and pwns album of the year.This Message Edited On 10.18.05

Zebra
Moderator
October 18th 2005


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^^^I agree. This is by far there best album, no competition.

Bartender
Emeritus
October 19th 2005


826 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah, Album of the Year is probably the weakest Faith No More album (at least with Patton).

Neoteric
October 19th 2005


3243 Comments


I am not familar with Faith No More. Someone recommend me songs.

masada
October 19th 2005


2733 Comments


Could be a little bit longer, but it's a good review anyway.

Zebra
Moderator
October 19th 2005


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Land of Sunshine", "Midlife Crisis", and "A Small Victory" are my favorites.

Jawaharal
October 22nd 2005


1832 Comments


I don't know why, but RV is my favorite track.

lost_profits
June 22nd 2006


59 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

anyone who doesn't "get" this album, is urged to persist in listening to it. New fans of FNM should check out King for a day, Fool For a lifetime or The Real thing before this one. This Message Edited On 08.01.06

lost_profits
August 1st 2006


59 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

As for the review, I think you had some great ideas, maybe if you just elaborated more on the songs...
And you hit the nail on the head when you said 'the keyboards create a creepy atmosphere'...




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