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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Work, dogged by Savage Professional Reviews., 29 May 2011
This review is from: Album Of The Year (Audio CD)
This is an album that has fallen violently as a victim of harsh professional reviews, as a result Album of the Year was the Last Faith no More album (post Mosley) to be added to my collection. Not expecting too much, I was wholly impressed by it. The explosive opener and aptly titled track "Collision" showed that Patton & Co still hadn't lost their knack for producing killer metal tracks. Contrasting greatly with "Collision", the second track, "Stripsearch" possibly the most spaced and chilled song FNM produced, sharp keyboards, a strong bass line and of course Patton's atmospheric vocals make it a classic. From here this get even better, the single "Last Cup of Sorrow' features Patton singing through a telefunken tube mic, it shows the bands incredible ingenuity to combine the most obscure elements of the music world with mainstream rock. Grinding guitar work winds it way through the Angel Dust-esque "Naked in Front of the Computer", while the tempo is altered again by the emotional "Helpless", when compared with the rest of the album its a drawn out affair with nothing much happening, however Patton saves the day with delectable vocals, harmonies and even the odd whistle. Track six brings us into the world of Mr. Bungles "Ars Moriendi" and "Desert Search for Techno Allah",sporting a middle eastern vibe, perhaps its not my favourite track but it adds a new dimension to the album. "Ashes to Ashes" is the albums centerpiece, its awesome riff provided by new guitarist Jon Hudson combined with its heavy atmosphere, saves the embarrassment caused by the not so like FNM `She Loves me Not", ok its provides a lounge music laid back feel to the album, with the slightest sense of irony, but it is a filler. The drive faster "Got that Feeling" encompasses all that we know about FNM's ability to shift genres with a flick of a switch, its punk-nu metal feel reminds me somewhat of System of Down. The last three tracks couldn't be any more different, the military "Paths of Glory", a tribute to those lost in war is dark and broody. The epic album closer "Pristina", a tale of two lovers parting in the war torn town of Pristina, Yugoslavia, it is without a doubt the most emotional piece of work FNM ever produced, you can just sense the sincerity in Patton's voice. Album of the Year didn't break any musical boundaries, but its a cohesive effort from a band who's relationship that was quiet the opposite. Personally I feel this the best of the post-Jim Martin albums FNM made, a truly solid effort.
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