62 of 66 people found the following review helpful
on 10 February 2003
Faith No More are one of those very special bands that can actually change your life, and buying this could set you off on a journey to music Nirvana whilst reaching disposable income hell as you try and track down all the live stuff. Ahem. Anyhow, ‘This Is It’ marks the second Faith No More compilation to hit stores (the first being 1998’s ‘Who Cares A Lot?’) but comparing the two album’s respective contents it’s questionable as to why this was actually released at all. But I digress, an album should be judged first and foremost on it’s musical quality, and ‘This Is It’ certainly delivers on that front: most of Faith No More’s singles are represented here with the obligatory inclusions of ‘Epic’, ‘Easy’ and ‘We Care A Lot’, tracks that most Faith No More fans and beginners alike will have heard countless times before. We also get the delicious oriental-inspired ‘A Small Victory’, which soothes and is considered by some to be FNM’s finest hour. The cheerleader-led paean to gay sex ‘Be Aggressive’ is included for all your shout-along needs, as is FNM’s infamous cover of Black Sabbath staple ‘War Pigs’. ‘Anne’s Song’ is probably Chuck Moseley’s best outing with the band, with a drivingly funky bass riff and beautifully sung chorus, and ‘From Out Of Nowhere’ and ‘Falling To Pieces’ produce sweet pop-influenced metal from ‘The Real Thing’. Of course the real reason many fans will be buying this is for the rare stuff, namely a remastered version of ‘Arabian Disco’, the live version of ‘As The Worm Turns’and ‘The Perfect Crime’, all of which will titillate the true fans and excite newcomers. The inclusion of ‘The Cowboy Song’ is particularly welcome and is the most tuneful song about suicide – possibly ever! But it’s here that the problems arise, this compilation is marketed as “The Best Of Faith No More”, but misses such gems as ‘Stripsearch’, ‘Everything’s Ruined’, ‘Jizzlobber’, ‘The Gentle Art of Making Enemies’, ‘Helpless’, ‘Zombie Eaters’ and I could go on and on. Instead of these diamonds we are given weaker (but still damn good) material such as ‘Introduce Yourself’, ‘Digging the Grave’, the aforementioned ‘War Pigs’ and to a lesser extent ‘Be Aggressive’. This is one of the problems that any compilation of Faith No More’s material will face, because they produced so much good stuff it’s impossible to cram onto one disc! However, as I mentioned earlier, FNM have already had a ‘Greatest Hits’ compilation of their singles hit the shelves and the differences between this compilation and ‘Who Cares A Lot’ are minimal. Of the 19 tracks on here, 12 appeared on ‘Who Cares…’ and this means that any seasoned FNM vets have little reason to buy this. If you already own all the albums and aren’t a completist, this thing is fairly redundant save for the entertaining biography included in the booklet and some great unreleased photos that also accompany the set. If you’re new to Faith No More, pick this up and the band’s crowing glory, 1992’s Angel Dust’ album, and feel your life change before your eyes. If you’re a seasoned fan: approach with caution, it’s a nice compilation but a pretty redundant one. 5 stars for the music because it simply is THAT a good, but 3 stars for the lack of originality and the missing of some great tunes that deserved a spot on the “Best of”. Hopefully one day, there’ll be a collection of unreleased and rare material that we obsessive fans can get hold of but as I say for newcomers, this is more user-friendly that ‘Who Cares…’ is probably one of the best buys you’ll ever make.
on 1 October 2012
Amazing compilation. From the early days with Chuck Mosley's punk/rap attitude, to the Patton-era soaring operatic vocals, there are rare tracks and fan-favourites alike. Great to hear how this band evolved over the years; a bunch of guys all bringing a different musical style but somehow it works! Turn up the 'bass' setting on your stereo and enjoy!