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Media Type: CD
Artist: FAITH NO MORE
Title: ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Street Release Date: 06/03/1997
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Genre: ROCK/POP
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 3, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002NG7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,396 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 years after, looking at this album and the career of Faith No More in general still causes me to get a little choked up. I was devastated at that press conference when Billy announced they were splitting. Faith No More was easily one of the top 2 or 3 best bands of the 90's, and it was sad to see them go. Enough weeping, however, let's get into the review.

This album as a whole has a very plodding, exhausted feel to it. One can ascertain the general feeling that these guys are sick of each other (Mike Patton didn't even rehearse with the band, instead turning in his vocal tracks by mail while working on Mr. Bungle's spectacular 1999 release California) and that they know this is the last straw. The songs still stand up on their own, for the most part, and it is still light years more coherent and cohesive than the lackluster 1994 release King For A Day, Fool For a Lifetime. The whole album lends a feeling of distance, of space, a stunning shift from their previous walls-of-sound performances Angel Dust and The Real Thing. Jon Hudson's guitar work is mediocre, yet there are moments (Ashes to Ashes being the most prominent) where his simplistic efforts really enhance, rather than detract, from the material. For a hardcore FNM fan, this is nowhere near their finest material, but for the rest of the industry, it stands head and shoulders above what was available at the time, and in fact still stands taller than most of the material released in the 8 years following.

The album begins with a bone-jarring syncopated semi-trash number, Collision. While fully loaded with raw power, the overall emotive value of this piece wears off quickly once the initial headbanging is over. No notable lyric here, it's a very sparse hint at a book and movie done a short time before.
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1997 was not a good year for music. Grunge had collapsed in on itself, funk metal was a distant memory, and through the post-grunge ruled airwaves, nu-metal was beginning to make inroads. Most great alternative bands- Helmet, Alice in Chains, and Soundgarden, had broken up or were on infinite hiatus.

Faith No More’s days were numbered. The band was falling to pieces, and there was no way a victory, however large or small on their next release, would ricochet them back to the spotlight and put them back together. The evidence was there for everyone to see- Mike Patton recorded vocals touring in Italy, and Roddy Bottum’s involvement was minimal- he participated in the songwriting of only two tracks. To fill the void of short-term guitarist Dean Menta’s departure, Jon Hudson, an old roommate of Billy Gould, enlisted for axe duties.

Considering the circumstances under which it was recorded, Album of the Year should’ve turned out a disappointment of the highest caliber. It wasn’t, and it isn’t. Album of the Year is a worthy entry in Faith No More’s impressive discography and a personal favorite of mine. The record kicks off with the full steam ahead metal of Collision, which features the return of Angel Dust’s sound sampling and Mike shouting like Page Hamilton over the closing chords. Stripsearch, the highlight of the record, was composed by Hudson in MIDI form and rearranged by the band- minus Bottum- into a relaxing electronic piece that explodes with crunchy guitar work at the end.

Naked In Front Of The Computer tells the story of a dysfunctional relationship between man and machine, and Ashes to Ashes is an epic within itself, featuring a mournful solo by Hudson, Patton's best vocals on the disc, and Roddy Bottum's heavenly keyboard work.
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A return to form for the uniquely talented Faith No More which turned out to be their last record before breaking up. Although not reaching the dizzy heights of 1992?s ?Angel Dust?, there are a fair share of classic Faith No More tracks on offer. Opener ?Collision? sets the mood for the album with its unpredictable and jerking metal. Second track ?Strip Search? goes into a completely different direction to confuse the listener even more with its space-age landscape. The album?s greatest strength is that the songs are so diverse and compelling you never know what to expect, something that many US alternative bands should do more often. ?Last Cup Of Sorrow? continues this trend with what sounds like a cowbell as it?s main hook line. At times the album can be frustrating, witness ?Home Sick Home? which goes nowhere and ?She Love?s Me Not? sticking out like a sore thumb. The production sounds flat and uninspiring at times but the quality of the songs shine through, resulting in the most consistent and enjoyable album Faith No More have released in years. Faith No More still prove to be one of the most influential and genius bands of the last 10 years.
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In My Eyes, ever since Patton Joined Faith no More, they can do no wrong. While this being my least favorite album by them, it is the LEAST BEST, meaning that it is all amazing, but it isn't as good as angel dust or The Real Thing.

This being the Last Faith No More album really comes with alot of emotional baggage. The singing is amazing and ballads fill this album to the brinks. Get this and you'll understand WHY everyone likes faith no more. Pick up Mr Bungle while you're at it.
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