A truly incredible album. One of those records that completely reorientates your musical landscape, which instructs you in new ways of sonic pleasure, which conditions your way of thinking about music forever.
Expunging the last remnants of 'funk' in their repertoire, this album marks Faith No More's colonisation and reconstruction of metal, hard rock, and lounge music. There is no better exemplar of rolling aggression than 'The Gentle Art Of Making Enemies', no more satisfying screaming that on 'Ugly In The Morning' and few superior blasts of punk energy than 'Digging The Grave'. Mike Patton's unique lyrical skills infuse 'Caralho Voador' and 'What A Day'. The sheer diversity of genre and tempo, which also bears his stamp, confound expectations with wit and panache.
But the joy of 'King For A Day...' is that it exceeds all these specific moments of brilliance. It is a manifesto on rock-metal, a statement of what is possible that noone will ever really touch. The bands who claim to be inspired by Faith No More are all pale shadows, farcical attempts at mimicry.
Once you know 'King For A Day...' it will not be hard to understand why. Faith No More themselves could never remake this sound. They had to do something else, something equally brilliant. No, this is a truly unique album, born of a moment that can never be reclaimed. That is what makes it perfect on its own terms. Accept it, live it, love it.
Essential cuts: 'Ricochet', 'Evidence', 'The Gentle Art Of Making Enemies', 'Caralho Voador', 'Digging The Grave', 'King For A Day', 'What A Day' and 'Just A Man'.