Okay, before I go ahead with the review itself, let’s get some facts straight. Yes, Mike Patton is definitely a much more accomblished singer than Chuck Mosely ever was. Yes, it was definitely necessary for the band to switch Chuck Mosely out with someone else to progress both commercially and musically.
Does looking at these facts in retrospect make “Introduce Yourself” any less of a great album? No way! This little gem of a Faith No More album, is often disregarded simply because the lead singer isn’t called Mike Patton. Instead, his name is Chuck Mosely and his vocal style is abrasive, brutish and more streetwise. However, like Patton would eventually end up do on “The Real Thing” (in his own way, of course), Mosely alters between elevated singing, rapping, back-up choir overdubs and various vocal effects. This multi-vocal approach fits in perfectly with the band’s genre-blending sound. Unfortunately, Mosely doesn’t quite have the same level of consistency as Patton, and on a couple of songs (especially on the latter half of the album) he falls through. But on the songs that does indeed work, he gives the songs a ton of character, and you come to accept and appreciate his raw approach. Speaking of the rest of the band, although all of them would, naturally, take their playing to the next level on “The Real Thing” they no less demonstrate the chops that would launch them into the limelight a few years later. Anyone who enjoys the band’s sound from their next couple of records will feel right at home. Billy Gould’s rocking and slapping bass, Roddy Bottum’s ethereal keyboard sounds, Mike Bordin’s thunderous drumming, Jim Martin’s distorted metal guitars…it’s here.
Song highlights of “Introduce Yourself” include, “Faster Disco”, “Annie’s Song”, “Introduce Yourself”, “Chinese Arithmetic” and “We Care A Lot”. Listening to these songs, it’s great to hear that the band themselves realized what worked and what didn’t and evolved their sound accordingly on “The Real Thing”. It’s not hard to imagine that the massive hit “Epic” was fashioned in the image the funky bass/drum verse, sing a long word emphasis of “We Care A Lot”. It was definitely on this album that Faith No More found their initial style, both songwise and soundwise.
I really recommend this album to anyone who can look (hear) past the first confusing minutes of “Huh? This guy sound like Mike Patton” and give Mosely a chance.