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on 9 September 2000
What can I say? This is the masterpiece that introduced me to Faith No More 11 years ago, and it's still one of my favourite albums ever. The band had just replaced singer Chuck Mosley with new frontman Mike Patton, who then wrote new lyrics to accompany the tunes the band already had, and the result was astounding. Pattons wide vocal range - from soft & mellow to piercing & diamond edged - simply electrifies this collection of near-perfect music.
Opening track 'From Out Of Nowhere' kicks in with thumping drums and cool riffs, and you know it's gonna be good.
'Epic' changes the tone with Patton varying between semi-rap verses & a powerful chorus, before 'Falling To Pieces' picks up where track 1 left off - you know where Faith No More are coming from.
But suddenly 'Suprise! You're dead' crashes out of your speakers, with hard metal guitars, and hoarse screeching vocals. The first listen is uncomfortable, but you soon realise this is as good as any track here.
A sweet melodic guitar riff (courtesy of Big Jim Martin) brings you into more new territory with 'Zombie Eaters', a great little homage to the trouble that babies cause...
Then comes the real stand out track - 'The Real Thing'. Perfect, complex drumming, & swelling keyboards, build into a punchy track about drug abuse, veering from beutiful melodies to kicking rock, with Patton really getting a chance to shine.
The bouncy, happy tempo of 'Underwater Love', padded out with a cool & funky bass, manage to mask the darker meanings of the lyrics, 'The Morning After' is simply great Faith No More, before Patton takes a breather for the keyboard-led instrumental 'Woodpecker From Mars'.
The last 2 pieces (both technically bonus tracks, as they are not included in the original vinyl release) assualt from opposite corners. 'War Pigs', a cover of the Black Sabbath classic, is true metal, performed with skill, style, and utmost respect for the original. Ozzy should be proud.
FNM finish off with 'Edge of The World', a beuatiful tune, with Pattons voice dreamily bouncing along to the jazzy piano accompaniment...
The Real Thing assaults the senses, emotions, and ears. At turns sweet, vicious, soft, jagged, pure, and raw - and when the smoke finally clears, you'll come straight back for more.
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