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The Real Thing

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Media Type: CD
Artist: FAITH NO MORE
Title: REAL THING
Street Release Date: 06/20/1989
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Genre: ROCK/POP

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Faith No More are virtually impossible to categorize; they blend metal and rap elements in a mix that becomes seamless on The Real Thing, whose hit single, "Epic," is a perfect combination of these disparate genres. Other high points are the thrashy "Surprise! You're Dead!," an excellent cover of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs," the funk-layered-with-keyboards "Falling to Pieces," and the soft but spooky "Zombie Eaters." With the addition of vocalist Mike Patton, the band secured a highly talented frontman and skilled lyricist. The Real Thing is one of those rare albums that is impossible to quantify but astoundingly good. More accessible than the follow-up Angel Dust, it's also the first album new Faith No More listeners should get. --Genevieve Williams
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  • Audio CD (June 15, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Slash/ Reprise
  • ASIN: B000002LHA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,905 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Two full years before Nirvana made "alternative rock" the buzzword that it continues to be to this day, Faith No More produced one of the genre's defining moments in "The Real Thing." While this album was among the first to mix rap and rock elements, you definitely shouldn't let that fact scare you. While today's would-be genre benders like Limp Bizkit and (to a lesser extent) Linkin Park seem bent on combining the most meatheaded elements of rap and rock for a sound that only a mook could love, Faith No More brought rock, rap, and funk together with more creativity and intelligence than anyone would have a right to expect. With the phenomenally versatile Mike Patton at the helm and a crack team of musicians backing him up, "The Real Thing" is a clinic in bringing together genres in perfect harmony.
Although there's a bit of a Bay Area thrash influence on display, "Master Of Puppets" this is not. The band's sound may have been ambitious from the outset, but few albums in my vast collection are this fun to listen to.
Even coming from songwriters as prolific and imaginative as Patton and co., it's almost alarming how much high-quality stuff is here. Just look at the first four songs and you'll get an idea of how far ahead of the game Faith No More were. The opening "From Out Of Nowhere" and "Falling To Pieces" bring together Patton's piercing, in-your-face vocals, the band's razor-sharp musical attack, and generous doses of punkish aggression. The head-banging rhythm and explosive rapping of "Epic" made it a justified hit. "Surprise! You're Dead!" brings a menacing, thrash-derived sound into the mix, but it's clearly all in good fun.
From there, the classic songs just keep coming.
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Originally released in 1989, The Real Thing was the breakthrough album by boundary-pushing metal band Faith No More. I realize that this is probably the album responsible for much of the dreaded nu-metal phenomenon, but it is still one of my all-time favorites.

The Real Thing was the first Faith No More release to feature Mike Patton, then with Mr. Bungle, on vocals, and he made quite an impact, as did the band when they released the single and video for the song “Epic.” This will always be the song that people associate with the band. Anthrax may have tried to fuse rap and metal with "I'm the Man," but it was too goofy to be anything but a novelty. Faith No More took the idea much more seriously, and as a result “Epic” was a major hit and an inspiration for many bands that followed, from Korn to Pain of Salvation.

Despite the impression “Epic” gave, The Real Thing was not really a rap-metal album. It was something exciting and new. I suppose if it had been released in 1992 it would have been called alternative. It had elements of rap, punk, and obviously plenty of metal, but there was also something eclectic and offbeat about the music. It wasn't totally experimental and bizarre - that would better describe the band's follow up album Angel Dust – but it was definitely not an album that fell easily into genre boundaries.

The album’s best tracks are right in the middle, with the 8-minute title track, “Underwater Love” and “The Morning After.” These are all impressive and powerful songs, and show that the band had more to offer than just a rap-metal single. Another album highlight is the cover of Black Sabbath's “War Pigs.” I've heard a lot of Sabbath covers, but this is one of the best ever.
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I was one of those people baffled by "Epic" when it first came out. "What is it?" Neither rap nor metal, neither funk nor dance, it was Faith No More's challenge to conventional music. The song begins with a wash of glorious guitars (courtesy of freaky-looking, Metallica-influenced guitarist Jim Martin) and Mike Bordin's unstoppable drum bashing, going into a thumping bassline and Mike Patton's energetic, enigmatic rap, launching into that mighty chorus, with progressive-rock keyboards providing punctuation at moments, then ending with that classical-sounding piano exit..."What is it?" indeed!
Looking at today's rap-metal fusions, you realize that Faith No More got there first. And The Real Thing is the band's most uniform album, less eccentric, but with exquisite songcraft, a fiery mix, and top-flight performances all around. Patton's versatility and resilient voice is the secret weapon to songs like the irreverent "Falling to Pieces", the superior-to-the-original cover of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs", and instant-classic leadoff track "From Out of Nowhere". And in case you didn't think the band *looked* weird enough, there's "Woodpecker from Mars" and "Zombie Eaters" to remind you that these guys are eccentrics to the bone.
A pivotal release in 1990 that not only woke up the music world, but dangled it by the feet over a pool of alien chemical reagents of Faith No More's own concoction.
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I love this album, and have been listening to it for years and always felt production wise, it lacked the power it could of had! Well, I listened to this deluxe edition under heavy scrutiny, both through my stereo speakers and expensive headphones , and to my ears...it sounds great!
Its not distorted, all the one volume, or " brickwalled" at all to my ears. I have fell victim to many cds over the years that do sound that way and are too loud. For example most the 2009 Rolling Stones remasters, the Kiss Millenium compilation, and the infamous Metallica Death Magnetic CD both with everything turned all the way up, sounding distorted and it hurts my ears! Unlistenable!
This does not sound like any of those at all. I recommend this to any fan of this album, because if like me you wished for a sonic improvement of this album, you will be happy with it.
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