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Unique and time-tested,
This review is from: Angel Dust (Audio CD)
This album is disturbing and brilliant. Cheery doses of funky slap bass and wah-wah vamps add a kind of perverse bounce to Faith No More's sometimes ear-haemorrhaging heaviness. And I haven't heard a voice so blood-curdling and smoky-sweet in such rapid rotation as Mike Paton's on this album. That this disorienting record never allows the listener to stay in any kind of comfort zone isn't to suggest even a hint of prog-stuffiness. Where it is eclectic it is gleefully so, often to the point of parody (redneck monologue, pipe organs, and that cover of Easy to close the album). But this always adds to the twisted fun rather than detracting from it. Listening to it in its 20th year, its clear that everything that was melodically interesting and unhinged in, say, System of a Down (though punkier and more accessible), had been mastered by Faith No More years earlier.