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Faith No More - Who Cares A Lot? The Greatest Hits

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  • No band in the world was quite like Faith No More. While arena rock bands like Metallica and Guns ‘N’ Roses rose to the forefront, becoming the mainstream heroes that FNM deserved to be, FNM was making far more original music. Why did Faith No More never rise to the levels of commercial greatness? Because they were too damn good. They were unwilling to sell out to conform to what the industry wanted to hear. When “The Real Thing” became a big hit, the music industry wanted to hear “The Real Thing Part II.” Instead, the band released a little album called “Angel Dust” (if there’s been an underrated rock album this decade, this is it). Right up until the end, FNM stayed true to themselves and true to their fans; that’s why Faith No More’s fans are much more devoted than, say, Limp Bizkit’s. This two-disc set chronicles the band from their earliest recordings with original frontman Chuck Mosely, who sang like he suffered from acute mental retardation, to the material they recorded with their defining frontman, Mike Patton, covering four albums. The first disc rocks harder than maybe anything you’ve ever heard. The second disc is a curious treasure trove of oddities, aimed primarily at the fans. While the disc runs excruciatingly short, it does feature some great material. “The World Is Yours,” “Hippie Jam Song,” “I Won’t Forget You,” and “This Guy’s In Love With You” all shine brightly, while tracks like “Highway Star,” “Theme From Midnight Cowboy,” and “Introduce Yourself (4-Track Demos) seem a bit unnecessary. But who cares? Or rather, who cares a lot? After all, this IS Faith No More. While other bands would be content to fill a hits collection with, just that, hits, FNM was always reaching for something greater, and as a result, they are far more respectful. It’s about time this band got their due, even if they have disbanded. They were innovators in the greatest sense. If you haven’t been exposed to the brilliance of FNM, then buy this album, goddammit.

    Posted on January 18, 2010