Faith No More
Album of the Year


4.0
excellent

Review

by angelo_d_necro USER (8 Reviews)
August 11th, 2005 | 22 replies | 5,914 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist


1 of 2 thought this review was well written

After the absolute genius of Angel Dust and the Nu-Metal inventing King For A Day Fool For A Lifetime Faith No More released this, their sixth and final album, rather than taking the route of the versatile The Real Thing or Angel Dust, or the heavy/melodic King For A Day this album strives towards a more epic (not the song) feel.

1. Collision - On the whole not a good way to begin the album, it's just a basic rock song and not that great. Also it's more reminiscent of King For A Day than anything else. 2/5

2. Stripsearch - This is more representative of the album's feel, it starts with an electronic note ascent and continues a slow dream-like atmosphere with the intro key's being played throughout. Very slow song but not bad. 3/5

3. Last Cup Of Sorrow - This is the pick-up point for the rest of the album, the song has a very mysterious sound which occasionally breaks into almost freak-out sections where Mike's voice has distortion added, which keeps the song from becoming boring. 4/5

4. Naked In Front Of The Computer - One of the heaviest song's on the album, which is basically composed of a constantly rythmic drum beat and some basic but very fast guitar chords. Mike's vocals on this song are kind of angry but not fully unleashed as he sometimes get's. 4/5

5. Helpless - Begins with quiet acoustic strumming and Mike singing in a very sedate manner, the song continues like this with the occasional electronic voice stating "I never felt better now". But before long the song livens up with long sustained guitar chords and layering of the vocals tracks before the song finishes on Mike screaming "Help, Help". 3/5

6. Mouth To Mouth - Wahey, this song sounds far more like a Mr Bungle song than Faith No More, but it's enhanced by FNM's trademark atmospherics. The song basically consists of the circus like verses with Mike singing like he's in Bungle, before the chorus breaks in with "I can't dress up the dead man, I can't bring him back to life". The constant frantic pace throughout the song makes it a winner. 5/5

7. Ashes To Ashes - Undoubtedly the best song on the album, beginning with basic bended guitar notes, then the keyboards come in and Mike starts singing in a low key kind of way, before the incredibly melodic chorus strikes. The guitar solo's also noteworthy in that rather than just being a boring note fiddle it merely exists to enhance the atmosphere. 5/5

8. She Loves Me Not - A glorious revival of 50's barber shop quartet music, this song is definitely one of the biggest highlights, it's impossible not to be cheered up when this track starts. 5/5

9. Got That Feeling - Another frantic heavy song like Mouth To Mouth, only this one sounds far more like earlier FNM than Mr Bungle. Fast singing layered with screaming, heavy chords, frantic drumming, and no keyboard (it wouldn't really fit in). 4/5

10. Paths Of Glory - A slow slightly menacing song which has MIke singing in his trademark singing over top, layered with a kind of dark spoken vocal style. The whole song feels like a big descent(not as in the album's sinking, literally a big descent). 4/5

11. Home Sick Home - Holy crap this sounds like an Alice In Chains song, of course with the eponymous Mike instead of Layne, but even though it doesn't sound so original it's still a fantastic addition to the album. 4/5

12. Pristina - This would be my favourite track if it weren't for Ashes to Ashes. Everything about the song screams epic, from the great beginning through to the astounding end, the reason this song works so well is because of the rousing atmosphere created by the whole band, definitely one of the best songs of their career. 5/5

Overall although this album isn't their best (Angel Dust), it is a fantastic addition to anyone who thinks they'd like to check out some of their other stuff. Good final album.



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August 11th 2005



13 Comments


hmm .. i wanted to review this .. oh well

i do like album of the year, however i still believe it's the weakest fnm album with patton

i dont really like naked, collision and got that feeling, plus that there is no outstanding track on the album .. closest to that would have to be stripsearch and pristina.

otherwise nice review

angelo_d_necro
August 11th 2005



43 Comments


sorry bout that, but can't they just merge the reviews? i've seen it done before

Med57
Moderator
August 11th 2005



1001 Comments


Yeah, if you want to review it, go ahead. This is an OK album. Nowhere near as good as their best work (Angel Dust), but still very respectable.

DesolationRow
August 11th 2005



833 Comments


I agree with Med. I like Angel Dust and The Real Thing more. Great review though. :thumb:

P.S.- Med. You have impeccable taste in music, my friend. Kudos to you.

spoon_of_grimbo
February 13th 2006



2240 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is much better than the other review, this should in fact be the default one, not the other one.

i agree with most points.

Med57
Moderator
February 13th 2006



1001 Comments



P.S.- Med. You have impeccable taste in music, my friend. Kudos to you.


I never noticed this before :D My feelings on this have changed a bit...listening to it again the other day I decided it was rather better than I had previously thought. My rating of it is still unchanged, but it's a high 3.5 rather than a low one now.

monkeywrench
February 16th 2007



22 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like how this FNM album is a lot harder than the others.

kygermo
February 19th 2009



994 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^^? No way bro. Its not nearly as heavy as Angel Dust or parts of KFAD, but your right sort of. Got That Feeling, Naked, Collision are pretty hard. Album itself, no way. Id say its their softest if I had to.

MassiveAttack
August 4th 2009



2688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ashes To Ashes and Paths of Glory are Godly.

Meatplow
August 4th 2009



5524 Comments


A highly underrated album to me.

MassiveAttack
August 4th 2009



2688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I thoroughly enjoyed this unlike you Hitman. I wouldn't say their punkish, but the quicker, more aggressive toned tracks are their worst, some of which are highly repetitiousness. The others like Last Sup of Sorrow, Ashes To Ashes, Path To Glory, etc. are fantastic. Besides their first two albums they've been quality in my eyes.

CrazyFool84
November 9th 2009



1080 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great songs: Ashes to Ashes, Stripsearch (I love the synthesizer)

Very good songs: Last Cup of Sorrow, Pristina

Good songs: Paths of Glory, Mouth to Mouth

The rest of the album is "meh."

Says the dude that rated it a 4...

This is slightly better than King for a Day (which unfortunately isn't saying too much) but sadly far worse than The Real Thing or Angel Dust.

Meatplow
November 9th 2009



5524 Comments


"I even tried to get arrested today, but everyone looked the other way"

jagride
November 24th 2009



2313 Comments


this was my intro to FNM. Good album

Inveigh
November 24th 2009



24945 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I definitely like this more than King For a Day... but it just can't compare to Angel Dust or The Real Thing. Stripsearch, Last Cup of Sorrow, Ashes to Ashes and Mouth to Mouth are my favorites. Pristina's pretty good, but a little boring in the beginning for my tastes.

Digging: YOB - Clearing The Path To Ascend

jagride
November 24th 2009



2313 Comments


you're kinda underrating KFAD then. not funk metal enough for your tastes?

Inveigh
November 24th 2009



24945 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^very funny. You must not have been reading my comments in that list yesterday very closely.

The high points on KFAD are definitely better than the high points on this, there's just too much stuff on there that I didn't like for me to rate it higher than this one. But, I haven't listened to KFAD in a few years (other than the ocassional spin of Evidence, Digging the Grave or the title track), so who knows..

SteelErectedb4you8er
December 20th 2009



2616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is really good, definitely not amazing, but it has great songs on here. Some of their heaviest songs, but at the same time melodic. What a good way to go out, but I wouldn't mind new material at all either.

Meatplow
March 21st 2010



5524 Comments


Still loving it.

AcidCaravan
December 24th 2013



187 Comments


A very good swan song. It has some wonderful tunes such as the heartbreaking "Pristina", "She Loves Me Not" and "Home Sick Home", even if it never reaches the quality of past masterpieces like "Angel Dust" and "King For a Day"...

Digging: Red Harvest - HyBreed



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