FAITH NO MORE — Album Of The Year

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4.03 | 46 ratings | 3 reviews
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Album · 1997

Tracklist

1. Collision (3:24)
2. Stripsearch (4:29)
3. Last Cup Of Sorrow (4:11)
4. Naked In Front Of The Computer (2:08)
5. Helpless (5:26)
6. Mouth To Mouth (3:48)
7. Ashes To Ashes (3:37)
8. She Loves Me Not (3:29)
9. Got That Feeling (2:20)
10. Paths Of Glory (4:17)
11. Home Sick Home (1:58)
12. Pristina (3:51)

Total Time: 43:04

Line-up/Musicians

- Mike Patton / vocals
- Jon Hudson / guitars
- Bill Gould / bass
- Roddy Bottum / keyboards
- Mike Bordin / drums

About this release

June 3, 1997
Slash

Limited Edition has the following bonus tracks:

13. The Big Kahuna (3:07)
14. Light Up And Let Go (2:20)
15. Last Cup Of Sorrow (Rammstein Mix) (4:23)
16. Ashes To Ashes (Hardknox Alternative Mix) (6:47)
17. She Loves Me Not (Spinna Crazy Dub Mix) (4:41)
18. Last Cup Of Sorrow (Sharam VS FNM Club Mix) (7:24)

Japanese Edition has the following bonus tracks:

13. The Big Kahuna (3:07)
14. Light Up And Let Go (2:20)

Australian Edition has a bonus disc the following tracklist:

1. Last Cup Of Sorrow (Bigfoot And Wildboy Mix) (8:42)
2. Last Cup Of Sorrow (Bonehead Mix) (4:52)
3. Ashes To Ashes (Hardknox Horned Hand Mix) (6:44)
4. Ashes To Ashes (Automatic 5 Dub) (6:07)
5. She Loves Me Not (Spinna Main Mix) (4:38)
6. Ashes To Ashes (Dillinja Mix) (5:27)

Total Time 36:33

Thanks to Pekka, Lynx33, Unitron for the updates

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Stooge
Album of The Year? I’d have to do some research to know if that was the general consensus in 1997, but no doubt this one would make a number of end-of-the-year lists of the time.

The first thing I noticed when listening to this album was how dark it sounded. Was it because they knew this would be their last studio album and they were upset by that fact? While I am more used to hearing Faith No More playing more high-energy music, I can say I am definitely a fan of the shift in tone and direction. Album of The Year contains much of the experimentation and variety that remained throughout the Patton years, plus it may be the heaviest album the group has released.

A good amount of these tracks are of the slower variety, giving Patton’s vocals much of the focus. “Last Cup of Sorrow”, “Ashes To Ashes”, “Path Of Glory”, and “Pristina” are among the songs that I think help set the tone of the album.

There are still numerous tracks on Album of The Year that maintain the band’s normally aggressive delivery. This includes the opening “Collision”, “Naked In Front Of The Computer”, “Mouth To Mouth”, and “Got That Feeling”. Tracks in this vein would not have been a stranger on their King For A Day album.

A few tracks in particular stand out:

“Stripsearch” musically is quite stripped-down. Some hard rock and metal fans might be turned off by such a song, but I loved this track right from the first listen. The song is uncharacteristically peppered with electronic percussion, and centered around a highly effective rhythm section groove. The main melody of the track is provided by Mike Patton bright falsetto delivery.

“Helpless” starts out as a rather dreary sort of ballad. The song builts in a strongly uplifting manner as it transitions to the powerful chorus with Patton’s layered vocals, getting heavier as it progresses. It’s one of those tracks that often gives me goosebumps.

“She Loves Me Not” is another out-of-character track for the band. It’s a bit of a doo-wap, 60’s R&B-style track that while not necessarily a favorite, is highly memorable. Definitely one of the more Patton-centric tracks, giving it the occasional feel of a solo effort instead of a full-fledged Faith No More album.

Album of the Year is an excellent release that I definitely recommend.
Pekka
Book one of the Faith No More saga closed with the chapter called Album of the Year. As most of the band members have expressed their displeasure with the album we can hope that the Second Coming sees them continuing to studio after the tour is over, to see if they can come up with a better fitting farewell album. Or the first album of many to come, perhaps. FNM's popularity, especially in North America, had been going downhill with every release since The Real Thing, but the artistic quality went up and stayed there. Most of the time.

Collision is a banging opener along the lines of Get Out from the previous album, but the very next track Stripsearch takes a u-turn and is perhaps their most synth based song ever. The great atmosphere is taken to a next level with a metal riff towards the end of the song. Last Cup of Sorrow with its two chord riff and soaring chorus might have been the first FNM track I ever heard, and since I've since then collected their entire discography, we can come to the conclusion that it did it's introductory job very well. Still one of my favourite FNM tracks. Many Finnish rock fans have noticed a distinct similarity in the riff of Naked in Front of the Computer and the riff of Discopolis by CMX, whose next album Billy Gould would produce. Gould being longtime friends with CMX's guitarist Janne Halmkrona, he might have heard their album released a year before this one and liked the rise-and-fall structure of the riff. Who knows. Anyway this track is one of the highlights of the album and one on which Mike Patton's influence is obvious.

Mouth to Mouth is a track which could almost be on a Mr. Bungle album, like the hard rocking little brother of Desert Search for Techno Allah, and between these two weirdo rockers Helpless is a bit lost. It took me a long long time to remember its existence, nowadays I look at it as the first serious dip in FNM quality since the second half of The Real Thing. Ashes to Ashes takes the band back to a bit more conventional direction and is perhaps the finest track of the album with the synth based, guitar sting flavored verses, a brilliant chorus and a short simple guitar solo by Jon Hudson. She Loves Me Not is among the lesser tracks of the album, but is still an amusing soul ballad joke, showing what Mike Patton would sound like if he was auditioning for Boyz II Men. He wouldn't make it to the band with Got That Feeling, the wildest freak out moment of the album. Paths of Glory feels a bit like the lesser counterpart of Jizzlobber, apart from the massive sound wall of the riffs there isn't much to remember.

I've owned this album for many years and listened to it many many times, but at this moment when I'm listening to Paths of Glory I have absolutely no recollection of the two tracks closing the album. Not the slightest idea. Never a good sign. Home Sick Home and Pristina fall into that sorry group of songs I listen to with decent pleasure but erase them from my memory completely after the last note has gone. That's no way to end a great recording career, back to the studio gentlemen, please.

While King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime was quite conventional in its approach to songwriting, Album of the Year is much more in the vein of Angel Dust, combining straight ahead heavy rocking tracks with weird freakiness. A potentially great album marred by a couple of all too forgettable numbers.

Members reviews

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After their masterpiece 1995 flop "King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime" Faith No More made this, which was pretty much their last shot at staying relevant in the mainstream. The album is very much a mixed bag, it has a few good songs (nothing amazing though), a few average ones, and a couple of ones that are just plain awful. This is the band's first and only album with Jon Hudson, who mainly plays simplistic, generic, downtuned riffs, really adding nothing to the creative mix.

1. Collision 8/10 A heavy opening with a soft-loud dynamic. Good but nothing great.

2. Stripsearch 7/10 An interesting electronic inspired track. Good atmosphere.

3. Last Cup of Sorrow 6/10 Probably the most poppy song on this album, no wonder it was released as a single. Pretty average stuff.

4. Naked in front of the Computer 4/10 A very bland, dull 2 minute metal track. Later covered by the mallcore group Papa Roach.

5. Helpless 9/10 Very nice ballad with some great vocals from Patton. One of the albums main saving graces.

6. Mouth to Mouth 3/10 Poor song with a carnival like atmosphere. Sounds like a Mr. Bungle B-side reject at best.

7. Ashes to Ashes 8/10 Great atmospheric hard rocker, once again with great singing from Patton

8. She Loves Me Not 4/10 Crappy RnB inspired track, with dull lyrics, and a boring, done a thousand times subject matter.

9. Got that Feeling 8/10 One of the heavier tracks on the album. Sort of harkens back to the band's funk metal days.

10. Paths of Glory 6/10 A slow, grinding 4 minute song named after the Stanley Kubrick film of the same name. Pretty boring at first, however it slowly grows on you if you give it time.

11. Home Sick Home 8/10 A short 1 minute song, which sees FNM try their hand at heavy blues rock. Sounds a bit like Patton's later band Tomahawk.

12. Pristina 7/10 Ballad about the Kosovo War which sort of reminds me of The Last to Know from their previous album, with some more amazing singing from Patton. Rather fitting that it's the last song on their last album.

Overall this album isn't as good as King for a Day, it's about on par with Angel Dust and The Real Thing. Recommended for the die-hards and completists out there, however the newly acquainted should steer clear. Passable stuff, but not essential by any means.

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