Faith No More
Introduce Yourself


3.0
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Review

by Archibald C. Burke USER (37 Reviews)
September 21st, 2009 | 24 replies | 10,321 views


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Faith No More introduces themselves to the world and gives their singer the boot in the process…

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Before becoming an alternative rock pioneer and cited by countless bands as a major influence, Faith No More spent a pair of albums flirting with a variety of genres while tooling their sound. During this reign, the band produced their 1985 debut We Care a Lot and the 1987 follow-up Introduce Yourself, both with vocalist Chuck Mosley at the helm. Mosley’s controversial presence/attitude and questionable vocal talents would lead to both mixed reactions from the music listening public and eventually Mosley’s firing. Despite all the flak he received, however, Mosley’s often off-key voice would help to cement the band’s early status as a band with a different sound.

Patton-lovers who are hesitant to give the band’s earlier work a true chance should take comfort in a couple things. First, the entire core of the band (with that exception of Patton on vocals) was intact from We Care a Lot through the groundbreaking Angel Dust. As an obvious result, the overall sound is pretty easily recognisable, despite the earlier sound. Second, this clearly paved the way for the band’s major breakthrough disc (and arguably the band’s magnum opus) The Real Thing, so it carries a bit of that records vibe. All that being said, if you can’t find yourself getting into Mosley’s vocals, the albums going to come out considerably weaker as a result. Despite the instrumental strengths on Introduce Yourself, Mosley’s style has the ability to either get you singing along, or more likely skipping from track to track in hopes of finding something tolerable. Repeated listens will definitely aid in the listenability of the record, and you may even find yourself walking away with a few gems.

Faster Disco is one of the aforementioned tracks, with a pretty recognisable sound accompanying it. Guitarist Jim Martin and keyboardist Roddy Bottum are the key factors in this sound, with the formers crunchy, triplet-laden riffs and the latter’s atmospheric keys filling the soundscape admirably. It doesn’t hurt to have a rhythm section that is consistently spot-on, alongside bassist Billy Gould’s hand in writing eight of the album’s ten tracks, including the self-penned closer Spirit. Given that these factors remained after the departure of Mosley keeps the band’s overall sound from making a really serious shift, instead being given the chance to shape and grow naturally. Admittedly, however, all these traits help the disc from falling completely flat, but ultimately aren’t enough to save this sophomore outing.

Despite possessing a couple of impressively strong moments (hear Faster Disco, the ultra-catchy Chinese Arithmetic, and a revamped/updated version of We Care a Lot) the flow of the record is disrupted by far too many weak ones. Introduce Yourself has a pretty mixed tone, ranging from dark and atmospheric to quirky and upbeat. Giving this one a spin is definitely worth it to a blooming FNM fan, especially if you’re interested in how the band’s sound came to fruition. Unfortunately, the replay value of this one seems to be confined to a couple of tracks, making for a justifiably passed over record.

Recommended Listening:

- Faster Disco
- Chinese Arithmetic
- We Care a Lot

Overall Rating: 2.9/5



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Romulus
September 21st 2009



8423 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I actually really enjoy this record. The Crab Song may be the most touching piece of music ever written.

Boognish
September 21st 2009



1003 Comments


This is a cool album. Mosleys vocals have a certain charm that i like, and there are some great songs on here. I actually love pretty much every track here except for the last two.

CrazyFool84
September 21st 2009



1080 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice...yeah from a FNM fan-perspective, this record still gets spun in my library. I tried to write a bit more from the casual fan-perspective, which can be a bit misleading. Mosley's vocals did have a certain charm to them, and their are a chunk of songs i like off the first two records that I couldn't imagine Patton singing

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2010



20749 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"We Care a Lot" and "Anne's Song" are excellent. The rest is mediocre-decent.

NebSnurb
February 24th 2010



535 Comments


I definetely need to get this, I have all the Patton era albums and really love them. But after hearing RnR, We Care A Lot, and Introduce Yourself....this album must be grabbed by me.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 24th 2010



20749 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah this is a good listen.

Romulus
February 24th 2010



8423 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

LOOKING BACK ON WHEN YOU LEFT ME STANNNNNDING IN THE RAAAIIIN

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 24th 2010



20749 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

chuck's voice is pretty bad on most of these songs.

Romulus
February 24th 2010



8423 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

INCREDDDDDDDIBLEEE PAIIIIN

(The Crab Song is fantastic.)

stabbler
February 20th 2012



1415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so many great memories with this album

dammets
February 20th 2012



2035 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

chinese arithmetic is the best song here.

Alucard125
February 25th 2012



534 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Got this on vinyl for £1 from a charity shop, liking it a lot.

h0neybucket
March 24th 2012



18 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

annes song and we care alot - first thing i learnt when i bought a bass after a couple of years of playing guitar. sadly - the bass thing never took off, i sucked. but this album still brings back good memories

Butkuiss
September 21st 2012



4154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

How is the album average for this only 3.1? Album rooolz.

KILL
September 21st 2012



71266 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

cos its only ok

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Butkuiss
September 21st 2012



4154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nah, album roolz.

KILL
September 21st 2012



71266 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

loner

Butkuiss
September 21st 2012



4154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sheep.

KILL
September 21st 2012



71266 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

fairy

Inveigh
March 1st 2013



24879 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yea this album is pretty great, actually like it a lot more now than I did back in the day (back in the day meaning like 2002)

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