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  • Let’s go back to the time that this album was recorded. You are a band that has been around, even to the point of being on your 2nd lead singer in Mike Patton. Your last album was a surprise breakthrough mainstream hit thanks to the surreal song, “Epic”, which broke into the Pop Top 10 and the video was constantly on MTV. Your band seems destined to break out and become a major commercial star. So what do you do? You release an album in “Angel Dust” that was so commercial unfriendly that you kill any chances of being pop successes. And what is wrong with that you ask? Nothing – it is just a gutsy move to say the least by this band that has influenced all kinds of “nu-metal” bands these days (none are as good as FNM).Anyone familiar with Patton’s other band, Mr. Bungle, will feel that “Angel Dust” is an album that would seem more appropriate for Mr. Bungle than Faith No More, but it showed the variety of styles that this band could play. Sadly, this would be the last album for eccentric guitarist, Jim Martin, with the band, but he is in fine form along with Mike Bordin, Patton, and the others. All of the tracks are great, but my favorites include “Mid-Life Crisis” which might be the only real close commercial track on the album, “Crack Hitler”, “Be Aggressive”, which has cheerleaders and is an ode to oral sex, and “RV” which is a hilarious song, partly because Patton sings it in a white trash type of voice. His range on this album is incredible. The album ends with a version (instrumental) of “Midnight Cowboy”, and considering that you hear all kinds of stuff on this album like organs, choirs, cheerleaders, etc, it seems appropriate.You will probably not like this album on the first listen, unless you are a weirdo or a Mr. Bungle fan, but give it a chance as it will continue to grow on you the more times you listen. One of the most underrated albums of all-time, in addition to being one of the most daring. Faith No More, essentially, was never the same band after this album. And little wonder – as not only did the album destroy any commercial hopes they had (which was probably zero) but more than that, it was such a brilliant album, that it was impossible to top it.

    Posted on January 11, 2010