The first Faith No More album to feature the vocal talents of Mike Patton is, quite simply, a corker.
Tracks like ‘From out of Nowhere’, ‘Falling to Pieces’ and ‘The Morning After’ are instant rock classics, the keyboards giving them a somewhat orchestrated feel. ‘Epic’ is distinctly funky, coming complete with a disco groove and hip-hop influenced vocals. ‘Surprise! You’re Dead’ is the heaviest song on the album, while ‘Zombie Eaters’ and the title track are carefully built up epics. ‘Underwater Love’ has a dreamy feel to it, ‘Woodpecker From Mars’ is a crazy instrumental, there’s an excellent cover of Sabbath’s ‘War Pigs’ and the album closes with the similarly brilliant mock ballad, ‘Edge of the World’.
Although all the musicianship is near perfect, it is Mike Patton’s vocals that stand out. Not quite as weird as on his later work, they are still very distinctive, whether he is singing, chanting or showing off his deranged croon.
Everyone should own this superb piece of music history. More influential than Nirvana? Possibly…