Faith No More
Album of the Year



by kaarnival USER (4 Reviews)
July 21st, 2013 | 10 replies

Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: How the mighty have fallen.

By the time 1997 came around, Faith No More were pretty much due to have that one album that everyone claims to be a huge let down. In my personal opinion, King For A Day was a little underwhelming, but ever since Mike Patton had taken the helm as vocalist, it is generally accepted that they hadn't put a foot wrong until this album. Album Of The Year is little more than a misnomer, as in reality this was more like letdown of the year. Whilst it was not particularly bad, this captured Faith No More doing their weird sound a little less hard hitting than usual.

Twelve songs make up this album, and of those twelve, only two are flat out Faith No More classics. Stripsearch is easily my favorite track on this album, from the weird sounds that open it up to the fact that it contains far and away the best vocal performance on the album. Mike creates some beautiful sounds with his voice and the lyrics are pretty strong as well. The drumming is fairly prominent in the mix on this album, and here it is very well performed as well. The drum beats are not particularly complex in nature but they are certainly a highlight of the sound of Album Of The Year. Following straight on from this song is the other highlight, Last cup Of Sorrow. This track opens up with a nice heavy guitar riff and some keyboards playing around in the background making for a solid odd-sounding back drop before a rumbling bass line comes in with some distorted vocals saying "this is getting old and so are you". This is one of the band's finest songs.

Unfortunately they let themselves down with some of the most bizarre song writing decisions ever. The opener, Collision, reminds me somewhat of some of the most aggressive tracks on Angel Dust, although without half of the focus and direction. This track has some awesome vocals but it drags on too long and doesn't do enough to really maintain any form of momentum. Mike Patton shows once again on the songs here why he is the focal point of the band's sound, however, giving his all to make this album at least semi-listenable. His mental shrieks coupled with his singing and other off-kilter styles of vocals all blend together well and make for a solid musical soundscape. However, the guitar riffs are often monotonous and dull and even the bass lines that were formerly so renowned for being awesome throughout are fairly mundane here. It is sad to see how the mighty have fallen, but unfortunately Faith No More finally had their bad album.

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July 21st 2013


One thing: you say that this is a bad album, but 3.0 means a "good" album here on Sputnik. Just sayin'.

July 21st 2013


Album Rating: 4.0

Album was a a disappointment but still has a few solid tracks.

Ashes to Ashes being one of the best they have ever put out.

July 21st 2013


Album Rating: 4.5

I disagree, though weaker than KFAD and Angel Dust I think this is a great album with its own unique sound. Beyond those you mentioned, Ashes To Ashes, Helpless, She Loves Me Not and Paths Of Glory are all incredible tracks

July 21st 2013


Album Rating: 2.5

Pretty meh album, save for a couple tracks. Got That Feeling is classic Patton.

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July 21st 2013


Album Rating: 3.5

There are some awesome songs on here, but ya its not up the the calibre of even Introduce Yourself. This is fairly obviously, imo, due to the band being at odds with each other.

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July 21st 2013


Album Rating: 2.5

Whoa, I have this at a 4?! That's gotta change.

Contributing Reviewer
July 21st 2013


Album Rating: 4.0

Definitely the best album by FNM for Patton to showcase his awesome voice though. I do really enjoy this album for that.

July 21st 2013


Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

yo Collision rules

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July 23rd 2013


Album Rating: 4.5

I think 'Album Of The Year' is a really great album on its on own terms. Seriously, everybody wants to say that it, and 'King For A Day' are weak compared to the other releases, but they're just different. Do you expect them to release Angel Dust, or The Real Thing again, and again? If you do want to listen to rehashed metal bands kicking out the same tired tunes, I'm sure there are legions of bands you will find to fill that particular void, but FNM.

July 23rd 2013


Album Rating: 3.5

this is their weakest Patton album, but it still rules

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