Faith No More
Angel Dust


5.0
classic

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by Theleftside2 USER (9 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 381 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist


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Faith No More - Angel Dust
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I really felt this album should have been on the Rolling Stone "500 greatest album of all time" list. but sadly, it didn't make it. :upset:

Faith No More

Billy Gould - Bassist
Mike "Puffy" Bordin - Drums
Jim Martin - Guitars
Roddy Bottum - Keyboards
Mike Patton - Vocals


This album was Faith No More's way of getting back at their newly formed fan base that came from the overplayed "Epic" video on MTV. Everybody had set that song, and that album (The Real Thing,) to be the peak of Faith No More's talents. This album slapped them all in the face and proved them completely wrong.
While it didn't sell as much as The Real Thing. and wasn't their easiest album to get into, until maybe after a few listens, you then begin to realize how brilliant this album actually is. This album was also the first of many where Mike Patton really lets his voice, and the characters in his lyrics, go all over the place.
It is full of mood swings, from a song about Oral sex to a song about a black drug dealer who thinks he's Hitler. It is a ride that is worth it.
....The question is, Are you crazy enough to take it"

:evil:


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1. Land Of Sunshine -
Starts off the album fresh with a circus like feel. Billy Gould's bassline is just "hypnotically catchy." There's almost no real chorus in the song but somehow it's still one hell of a catchy experience. The lyrics to most of the songs on this album were written by Mike Patton while he was having a "sleep deprivation experiment." Through the verses Mike is basically reading the fortune's that you find from inside of Fortune Cookies. And the bridge portions" he's basically mocking TV Infomercials. :D Pure Genius! 5/5

2. Caffeine -
a very explosive song about Mike's drug of choice. This song was also written during his sleep deprivation experiment. Starts off with farm-like noises, then Jim Martin shows some heavy guitar riffs that can sound as good as any other "Thrash metal" act around at the time. Mike's yelling voice is just amazing here. Especially near the end where he asks "..Do you have something to tell me, say something to me, anything..." and then everything goes crazy! One of my favorite parts that I've ever heard from any song. 4.5/5

3. Midife Crisis -
This song is just nice. Nothing complicated about this song, It's just a straight up good song. Makes me wonder why it wasn't a hit. Roddy's Keyboards take center stage here. This song is almost reminiscent to their Chuck Mosely era, except of course with better singing. The lyrics had a lot to do with speculation and observation, he was only in his 20's at the time, but they had a lot to do with Madonna as well...Mike felt she was going through something of a midlife crisis. 5/5

4. RV -
This song is just hilarious. I highly recommend this to any Tenacious D fans out there. I've been known to dedicate this song to myself. :p
It's a very Country-ish song about a lazy, overweight, dead beat dad who just doesn't seem to find happiness anywhere. It's very relateable. Especially the last few lines "...I think it's time I had a talk with my kids, I'll just tell them what my daddy told me, you ain't never gonna amount to nothin'." 5/5

5. Smaller and Smaller -
This is a very good song. It's very tribal-like. Mike's singing is really emotional sounding. He realy does take the role of his poor character on this song to the extreme. In between this song you can also hear Mike Patton doing some of those chants that you would later hear on Mr. Bungle albums and Fantomas albums in the future. Not much I can say about this song it's just another beauty. 5/5

6. Everything's Ruined -
Starts off with Roddy's "Happy" keyboard. Then the drum and bass kicks in. Reminiscent of all those "Nu-Metal" bands out there right now. This is where it came from; And only Faith No More made it sound as good as they did. The song is about a kid growing up to be a fraud. 4.5/5

7. Malpractice -
A really heavy song about a woman who goes to see a Gynecologyst because she is turned on by the fact that he puts her hands in her. This song is full of neat effects, samples, and rhythm changes. Mike's screaming comes back powerful on this song. I love the "Cold hands, Your Hands..." part, Mike Patton sort of resembles Layne Staley there for some reason. perfect. 5/5

8. Kindergarten -
Another hilarious song. Billy Gould's bassline is just brilliant; he is, IMO, one of the most underrated bassist around. The chorus is just irressistably catchy. In between the song you'll be able to catch Mike Patton playing the role of an auctioneer. Jim Martin's guitar shines the most on this song, I think. 5/5

9. Be Aggressive -
This is the song I least liked from this album, but that doesn't mean I don't like it. ;)
The eerie keyboards start the song leading you into a funk frenzy song about...gulp...giving head! Originally written by Roddy Bottum, not Mike Patton, for Mike Patton to sing...the band thought it would be funny if Mike would sing about sucking and swallowing and sounding proud of it. And come to think of it, it was funny. :lol: 5/5

10. A Small Victory -
A song about being a sore loser. It is one of the highlights of the album. Despite the meaning of the song it has a very positive feel. All the instruments sound great. It is a must hear for anyone who hasn't heard of Faith No More. 5/5

11. Crack Hitler -
A very funky song that reminds me of one of those 80's TV cop sitcoms. There's also a part after the chorus where you could almost picture a bunch of Nazi's marching...Hey!..Hey!...:p This song is about a black guy who's a drug dealer, and takes drugs himself. The drugs make him think highly of himself to the point where he compares himself to Hitler. "...In regards to my usage of the drug, it modified my personality, to the extent that I was highly irritable, I was like a Crack Hitler!" A very funny and cool song. :cool: 4.5/5

12. Jizzlobber -
This is probably Faith No More's Heaviest song. It's almost like Cradle Of Filth meets The Melvins...Mostly written by Jim Martin. Jim would be kicked out of the band after this album. But I'm glad he didn't leave on a bad note. This is one of the most unique sounding metal songs I've ever heard. Everything from the swamp like intro, Roddy Bottum's eerie keyboards, and Mike Bordin's memorable loud-ass drumming...make this one of my favorites. And maybe even yours too. Roddy Bottum's Organ outro just ends this album off perfectly. But wait it's not over yet. 4.5/5

13. Midnight Cowboy -
This is a theme song to the TV Show. It is considered a bonus track...but it fits great at the end...it's very soothing especially after a monster like "Jizzlobber." There's no lyrics, but they're almost not even necessary...even if that means they're coming from someone like Mike Patton. 4.5/5


This may not be on the Rolling Stone list but it is considered by many people to be one of the top best albums of the 90's.
I'm sorry if my review doesn't cover much. I began typing in a hurry. this stuff almost takes forever. But in the end it's all worth it. Yes indeed...well, OK now I'm just rambling.


But yeah...definitely pick up this CD. 5/5 :thumb:



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talk show host
April 6th 2004


18 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

[QUOTE=Theleftside2] It is a ride that is worth it.



....The question is, Are you crazy enough to take it?



:evil:



[/QUOTE]



:lol: :lol:



Beautiful :evil:





Aye, this is a great album. My favourites are Caffeine, Land of Sunshine, Midlife Crisis and Jizzlobber. Great review, I pretty much agree with you. It's a cd that's criminally underplayed by me ( :upset: ), but when I get back to my beloved cd collection, I'm sure i'll give it another spin (and think of you)



Anyway, yeah. Highly recommended.



Oh, and there's nothing wrong with Epic. Especially the live version from Brixton Academy.



"This next song, is a song, that has 4 letters in the title and it starts........with an E"



Go Mike!

Theleftside2
April 6th 2004


36 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

[QUOTE=talk show host]but when I get back to my beloved cd collection, I'm sure i'll give it another spin (and think of you)

[/QUOTE]



:-*





[QUOTE=talk show host]

Oh, and there's nothing wrong with Epic. Especially the live version from Brixton Academy. [/QUOTE]

I'm not saying there's something wrong with Epic...it was my favorite Faith No More song for a long time and it's also the song that got me into the band and Mike Patton in the first place.



It's just people had their mind set on that being their biggest song. Sort of the same way everyone set the song "Creep" to be Radiohead's biggest song.

And I'm sure you can relate to that Steve...eh? :naughty:









I love you! :p

Bartender
Emeritus
April 6th 2004


826 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Really good review. I love this album, but outside of the actual music, my Faith No More knowledge/trivia is pathetic. So could someone explain why my album has "Easy" on it, but others don't? Is it just a bonus track? Its credited as being written by Lionel Ritchie..



Anyway, I won't say much about each track or I'd just end up writing another review. Just like to say I agree totally about A Small Victory; despite the subject matter being pretty negative, its the song I listen to if I specifically want to feel positive. It just sounds happy. I would pick a favourite track, but unlike most albums, even those where I love each track, there isn't really one that stands out. If that happened, I'd usually go to the lyrics in an attempt to find something distinguishing to break the tie, but each track on this album has little lyrical gems, e.g:



R.V. - "A drink needs me, I don't.."

Midlife Crisis - "Sense of security, holding blunt instrument"



I've tried to pick out individual lines there...more usually its just whole passages or songs.

5/5 from me - it should have been on the Top 500 list, so very much so.

Tomahawk
April 7th 2004


124 Comments


That was a really good review. I agree almost completely. Angel Dust is probably my favourite CD ever. It's fairly accessable for something so crazy and genius, so I can usually always listen to it and love it no matter what mood I'm in. And the lyrics are probably the best Patton has written. I love the end of Midlife Crisis, where the different parts of the song are playing at once, it works so well.

Oh and about Easy, it's on my CD too. It's a cover of a Commodores song (thats why it's by Lionel Ritchie), that they used to play at concerts to piss people off I think. Then they decided to release it, and it was a hit in some places. I think it was released after Angel Dust, and on later pressings of the CD they threw it on as a bonus track.

But yeah, again, great review.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
April 7th 2004


2126 Comments


[QUOTE=Theleftside2]You Request a review...You get a review.
[/QUOTE]

Thanks, it was a really good review...I'll probably get this cd now, in a few weeks.

SubtleDagger
April 7th 2004


737 Comments


Malpractice owns everyone.

Matter of fact, Angel Dust altogether owns everyone. Nice review.

Pariah
April 7th 2004


2 Comments


Leftie's reviews = teh pwn. Always making me want to listen to the album after I read them.

And he's sexy, too. ;)

Theleftside2
April 7th 2004


36 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks John and all of you guys for the comments.



I also forgot to mention that Roddy's Organ during the intro, and the Cheerleaders during the chorus of "Be Aggressive" always remind me of that Super NES game Zombies Ate My Neighbors for some reason. If any of you have played it, you'd probably get an idea why it does.





...I just find that kinda funny. :p

OrbDragon
April 9th 2004


152 Comments


Great record...great review too...this is one of the most enjoyable reviews I've read in quite some time.

Angel Dust was FNM at it's peak.

ZEROthirtythree
April 9th 2004


234 Comments


wow, no song is less than 4.5

Are you just being bias or is this really a good cd? I was thinking my "Best of FNM" cd was all i needed.

ExitWound
April 9th 2004


40 Comments


It's a good disc, but fanboys writing reviews always leads to score bias. If you read the "rules" of reviewing here, You'd see that a 4/5 is a remarkable album and very few should be 5/5, yet so many on this board are. You can't escape it when the reviews are done by the people who love the band to begin with. It's an undying circle.

Theleftside2
April 9th 2004


36 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I was trying my hardest not to be biased...really!



...but at the same time I didn't want to score them too low. Everyone has different favorites on this album. Beside this is an album to listen to completely. Not by skipping songs, and rating them seperately. I kinda regret rating them that way now.



Go ahead and write your own review on this thread, if you don't agree; that's allowed...isnt it?



and if you read everyone else's responses to this they will also let you know that this is just a really good album that should of been on the Rolling Stone 500 albums list.



Oh yeah, and ZEROthirtythree, this is basically their greatest hits album. :thumb: As a matter of fact this CD is better than both of their Greatest Hits CD's combined. If you're looking for the best of Faith no More, this album is where to look.

ExitWound
April 9th 2004


40 Comments


I do believe Angel Dust is the pinnacle of FNM's career, but I find some of the tracks on The Real Thing far better. I also like the high Patton voice as opposed to the lower new one he uses. It's hard not to be biased in the reviews. I gave Weird Al's POodle hate a 4.5/5 becuase i DO believe it's his best work. I'd give Even Worse, his 2nd album, 2.5/5 because it really isn't anything special at all, even though I'm a huge fan. Angel Dust is good fer sure. I'd rather listen to Introduce Yourself than King for a Day or Album of the Year though. It's all in opinion. heh.

Theleftside2
April 12th 2004


36 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oh yeah...there's a japanese version of this CD that contains a rare re-recording of the song "As The Worm turns" with Mike Patton, and not Chuck Mesely singing the lyrics.



Just in case someone owns this cd and is curious. :p

ToolOwnz
May 7th 2004


6 Comments


[QUOTE=Theleftside2]Oh yeah...there's a japanese version of this CD that contains a rare re-recording of the song "As The Worm turns" with Mike Patton, and not Chuck Mesely singing the lyrics.

Just in case someone owns this cd and is curious. :p[/QUOTE]

yea i got that song online, its pretty good.

For Those interested in the twisted and funny history of Faith No More, there is the Faith No More Faq here:

http://www.xs4all.nl/~rjwj/mirror/fnmfaq.html

goodbyesoberday
May 8th 2004


9 Comments


that was really really good review, has king for a day been reviewed?

Bartender
Emeritus
May 8th 2004


826 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Check in the reviewed list.



EDIT: yup, it has. OrbDragon did it a while ago: King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime

OrbDragon
May 8th 2004


152 Comments


Anyone should check out these two rare FNM tracks:

Spanish Eyes
I Started A Joke


Great singing.

Theleftside2
May 8th 2004


36 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah...Those songs are great, Orb!



Spanish Eyes and I Started a Joke are beautiful!



Those two were B-sides off King For A Day, which Their Roadie/Temporary guitarist Dean Menta played guitar on.



Good stuff! :thumb:

Tomahawk
May 8th 2004


124 Comments


[QUOTE=OrbDragon]Anyone should check out these two rare FNM tracks:

Spanish Eyes
I Started A Joke


Great singing.[/QUOTE]

Yep, those are cool. Also check out their live cover of "This Guys in Love With You", it's really good.



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