FAITH NO MORE — King For A Day... Fool For A Lifetime (review)

FAITH NO MORE — King For A Day... Fool For A Lifetime album cover Album · 1995 · Alternative Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
2.5/5 ·
Warthur
With Jim Martin out, having had enough of the experimental direction the band had taken, Faith No More turned to Mike Patton's Mr Bungle collaborator Trey Spruance to take on guitar duties for the recording of this album. If you're excitedly hoping for the "Mr Bungle meets Faith No More" fusion you might expect from such a turn of events, you're going to be left disappointed; with Patton and Spruance issuing both new Mr Bungle releases and solo efforts at this time (with Spruance in particular gearing up the Secret Chiefs 3 project), much of their more extreme and idiosyncratic moments were saved for those.

What you get here instead is a far more relaxed album than the foreboding cover art would lead you to expect - it's Faith No More kicking back and dabbling in bossa nova, lounge and disco music with bits of half-baked metal stuck in because they seem to have feel obliged to include it. There's lots of interesting experiments on here, but they don't seem to point to a cohesive whole or a convincing direction for the band's future. Sure, Angel Dust was pretty freaky in its own way, but it had that meaty funky bass going to give some sort of connection to where the band had been and there seemed to be a particular aesthetic shape they wanted, but that's not the case here. It's undeniably interesting, but this is where I get off the Faith No More train.
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siLLy puPPy wrote:
more than 2 years ago
It only took a decade because i listened to it a couple times and wrote it off. I now realize it did so because i was comparing it to the two albums that came before which i still like better, but when i stopped comparing, this one is quite brilliant in its own right. It's more of a sneaky little devil and not one that blows you away like Angel Dust :)
aglasshouse wrote:
more than 2 years ago
I like this album a lot, too. Didn't need time to click for me, it just sort of did right away. Maybe time'll change your opinion like it did for Mike but if not that's fine too (like you needed my permission to think anyway, lol).
siLLy puPPy wrote:
more than 2 years ago
It took a good decade for me to warm up to this one. I used to hate it and put it down for years. I recently put it on again and actually loved it. Not as good as the previous albums, just different and good in a different way. I'm glad i gave it another chance :)

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