Faith No More
The Real Thing


5.0
classic

Review

by Theleftside2 USER (9 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 29 replies


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist


Faith No More - The Real Thing

I had written a really long and good review for this album and the page didn't work for me! Then when I went back, The page was expired! Now I remember why I didn't want to make these anymore. :upset:

Well here goes nothing...I'm going to try and do it by memory.



Faith No More

Mike Bordin - drums
Roddy Bottum - keyboards
Jim Martin - Guitar
Billy Gould - bass
Mike Patton - Vocals


This was Faith No More's first album with Mike Patton (previously of Mr. Bungle) as the frontman. the lyrics were written by Mike within a period of just a few weeks of joining the band, taking over Chuck Mosely's spot after he was kicked out for his drug/alcohol problems and erratic behavior. Patton would later say he got sick of The Real Thing because it seemed so one-dimensional to him.

1. From Out Of Nowhere
this is a perfect album opener. Fast paced and loaded with a nice catchy melody. Mike's singing flows smoothly with the music on this song. This song has been covered by the Power Metal band Helloween. But of course, no one can top Mike's vocal abilities. No One! :evil: 4.5/5

2. Epic
This is the song that put Faith No More on the mainstream, and changed music alone. It is considered their supposed 'one hit wonder.' This is probably Mike's lowest point vocally, but his rap-type vocals during the verses shouldn't be ignored, especially the chorus. This song has some of my favorite moments in all of music. Even the music video has these moments...from the bright color paint, fake rain, eyeballs everywhere, Mike's craziness, the band's hilarious Lip sinching, and the unforgetable flipping fish.
http://www.fnm.com/news/goldfish.gif :D
Musically, Jim Martin has a nice guitar solo that I wish they had gave him a bit more chances at guitar soloing. His fill right before the chorus is one of my favorite parts in all of music. Same goes for Roddy Bottum's keyboard ending. A perfect way to end this Classic. 5/5

3. Falling to Pieces
One of the poppiest tracks on the album. This song simply is too catchy. the lyric "My life is falling to pieces, somebody put me together" will not fail to get embedded in your head. I love how before each chorus, every member gets chance to have a fill. This is a Really good song. 5/5

4. Surprise! You're Dead!
Written mostly by Jim Martin. This song has an almost slayer-like feel to it. Mike chooses to go with a more deeper almost Tom Araya/Buzz Ozborne type of vocal approach on this track. Jim Martin's gallopping guitar riffs are great! You can notice how much they lacked "Big Ugly Jim's" crunchy guitar tone from their first 4 albums after they kicked him out. This is one of my favorite songs on here, my band is planning on covering this song real soon. 4/5

5. Zombie Eaters
This song is gorgeous. Starts off very melodic and atmospheric. then after a minute it goes into a frenzy of hard rock guitar while Mike Patton sings/raps about being a baby. It's just a really good song. 4.5/5

6. The Real Thing
This is another brilliant epic by Faith No More. Almost identical to Zombie Eaters, it has some of the nicest lyrics I've read from Mike Patton. It has a very haunting feel to it. This is one of the songs off this album where I could lay back and listen to on repeat at least 2-3 times. 4.5/5

7. Underwater Love
This song almost feels out of place. It really brings a lot from Roddy Bottum's keyboards. Also Billy Gould's bassline is one of the grooviest I've heard around. The lyrics are about a man who drowns his wife in the bathtub so she wont leave him. Crazy stuff, eh? 4/5

8. The Morning After
This is the lowest point of the album. Even though it is reminiscent to their Chuck Mosely era (The lyrics were originally written by Chuck) this song is overshadowed by the rest of the album. The drum and bass are really the strength of this song. 3.5/5

9. Woodpecker From Mars
This is one of my favorite instrumentals around. Billy Gould's bass skills really shine the most on this song. It's like a speed metal Primus type of song.
It may seem like it drags on a just little. But it's still a really good track. 4/5

10. War Pigs
This is the cover of Black Sabbath's War Pigs. and In my opinion, Faith No More rip the original to shreds. Mike Patton's voice is a hell of a lot better than Ozzy's. And you can't argue with that. ;) Also, if you can check out their Live at the Brixton Academy version of this song, do so. It's even better. 4.5/5

11. Edge Of The World
This song really displays Mike's vocal abilities. it's just one nice loungy twisted love tune with Mike singing about being a pedophile. :lol: "Give me a smile. Let me see those pearlies. I’ll do anything for the little girlies." Usually at first you can't make out the words but when you do, It's hilarious. 4.5/5

"Faith No More will one day be regarded as one of the most influential bands of the 1990s. Bands from KoRn to Our Lady Peace have gone on the record praising the abilities of Faith No More. It has been confirmed by MTV and VH-1 that without the video for "Epic" there probably would be no Limp Bizkit or Incubusâ€"at least in their current incarnationsâ€"for better or worse. "Epic" mortally injured “hair bandâ€? music so that Nirvana’s "Smells Like Teen Spirit" could put the nail in the hairspray coffin." - Culturedose.net


This is one masterpiece of an album, that everyone seemed to love.
But little did they know what was about to be unleashed on their next album.:evil:


I gave The Real Thing 4.9/5. :p



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Bartender
Emeritus
May 7th 2004


826 Comments


Great review (though tis a bitch when you write a long review and it gets erased..), and I really like that quote from culturedose.net. Hadn't seen that before.

Personally, I would've rated From Out of Nowhere higher, as I absolutely love it. It's worth noting that Apocalyptica (cello playing quartet) also covered it, and I think they did a damn good job.

Other than that, I'm pretty much agreed, but a special mention goes out to Edge of the World, as I once very sucessfully used it as a defence against someone claiming all the bands I listen has lyrics about death, and were loud and horrible and whatever. Playing a laid back lounge song, complete with clicking fingers, and then pointing out that the lyrics are about being a paedophile got them to open their minds to new possibilities..

ToolOwnz
May 8th 2004


6 Comments


edit dammit, you beat me to it. :D I was thinkin about reviewing the real thing..



Ok nice review, But i got a beef about The morning after. This is one of the HIGHLIGHTS of the record, not the low points, imho. This has one of the tightest grooves on the record. Most of the FNM fans i know of really love this tune, esp more than from out of nowhere, which to me is more out of place with the rest of the record. But good review. I think jims best solo was on the cowboy song. He tears it up on that one, by far his best. :thumb:

goodbyesoberday
May 8th 2004


9 Comments


badman review
bordins drummin on war pigs is class
'its not the point that i'm 40 years older, i'd kill my mother to be with you' - edge of the world

Bartender
Emeritus
May 8th 2004


826 Comments


badman?

Tomahawk
May 8th 2004


124 Comments


Great review. I don't love this album as much as I used to, but the first 3 tracks are worth the price alone. Edge of the World is cool too, and the rest is just OK, so it's a fairly solid album.

[QUOTE=Theleftside2]I had written a really long and good review for this album and the page didn't work for me! Then when I went back, The page was expired! Now I remember why I didn't want to make these anymore. :upset:[/QUOTE]

That would suck. You should do your reviews in notepad or something and save them, then paste them onto here.

Theleftside2
May 8th 2004


36 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That's what I did the second/third time I wrote this. :p

For some strange reason it wasn't letting me post the thread.
But after an hour :eek: of clicking "Submit New Thread", it finally allowed me to do so.

Thanks again, for all your kindness. I really felt my first review was a lot better though, but oh well.

goodbyesoberday
May 11th 2004


9 Comments


[QUOTE=Bartender]badman?[/QUOTE]

badman, bordin is a badman drummer

Theleftside2
May 11th 2004


36 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Another thing I had mentioned on my first review that I forgot to add on this review is that the title 'Woodpecker From Mars' comes from an Indian drug with the same name. ;)

SubtleDagger
May 11th 2004


737 Comments


Wow, you guys are really snatching up the Patton reviews.

I doubt anyone will have the guts to buy and review his solo album, though. That's a real piece. Nice review.

Bartender
Emeritus
May 12th 2004


826 Comments


He's made more than one solo album, hasn't he?

SubtleDagger
May 12th 2004


737 Comments


I mean his vocal one. Yech.

goodbyesoberday
May 14th 2004


9 Comments


i have it on tape

mexicanfloydian
June 22nd 2004


165 Comments


Surprise you're dead is my favorite song on this album.
I'd give it a 4.5/5

superpeer
June 23rd 2004


257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That's a good review, I was thinking about buying this.

From out of nowhere is a class song.

Apocalyptica covered that as well, by the way !

incubliss
June 23rd 2004


116 Comments


a great review :thumb:

but i myself find The Morning After robbed. i love that song, but everyone has their different tastes i guess. i used From Out Of Nowhere for my part in mine and my friends skate movie, it fit so perfect.



Zappa
June 23rd 2004


355 Comments


Good album. Recommended to fans of those funk-metal bands of the late 80s. 3/5.

superpeer
June 24th 2004


257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Since when does one rate good albums 3/5?

ExitWound
June 24th 2004


40 Comments


4 should be incredible, and 5 should be very very rare to achieve. a perfect album is very hard to define. There should be 3's. they're respectable, but nothing so incredible the world will stop.

Zappa
June 24th 2004


355 Comments


[QUOTE=ExitWound]4 should be incredible, and 5 should be very very rare to achieve. a perfect album is very hard to define. There should be 3's. they're respectable, but nothing so incredible the world will stop.[/QUOTE]

Word.

toshoffthebill
September 24th 2004


5 Comments


Nice review.

Would you say this is better/equally as good as Angel Dust?

Thats the only FNM CD I own but i really like it, come to think of it I don't know why i never bought any more.



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