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An "epic" album, but there was better to come,
This review is from: Real Thing (Audio CD)
Even at this early stage of their career (Mike Patton is about 12 on this record), FNM had a remarkable range to their sound. From the almost power-pop "From Out of Nowhere" or "Falling to Pieces" to the overblown rap-metal opera "Epic", to some genuinely nasty prog-thrash, the brilliantly titled "Zombie Eaters", this album, in its first half at least, is utterly devoid of a dull moment.
But, like it's title track, "The Real Thing" outstays its welcome a bit. Patton's voice doesn't have the nuances of his later career, and the unvaried sarcasm does begin to grate a bit; meanwhile the band are still a bit trapped in the heavy metal straightjacket, and the world would be a better place without the lumberingly straight-faced cover of "War Pigs".
Still, for the most part, this is a thoroughly entertaining and diverting rock experience, and though FNM would go to make a better record than "The Real Thing", not many groups would be able to do that.