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A good time to bow out.,
This review is from: Album Of The Year (Audio CD)
All was not well with Faith No More by 1997. Going through four guitarists in three albums, Album Of The Year would prove to be their final record because, as they themselves said afterwards, 'we were starting to make bad music.' It marked the furthest departure from their slacker look of 1992, instead going for a cool, suited-and-booted look and sound.
Of the four albums with Mike Patton, Album Of The Year is the weakest (its title a show of the band's sense of humour), but despite what the band may have claimed, it's not by much. There's a number of non-songs and forgettable tunes, like generic opener 'Collision,' but for the most part, whilst not as experimental as before, the band are still in fine form. The dirty metal of 'Naked In Front Of The Computer,' the sprightly ballad 'She Loves Me Not' and bizarre reggae of 'Mouth To Mouth' are all excellent.
However, the album contains a clutch of outright classic songs - the expansive, almost airy 'Ashes To Ashes,' the sinister march of 'Last Cup Of Sorrow.' Best of all is the atmospheric, even cinematic 'Stripsearch,' its virtually flawless dynamics the hightlight of the album.
Whilst not up to the level of eclectic genius of Angel Dust or The Real Thing, Album Of The Year is still an album well worth having in your collection, fan or not.