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This Is It: The Best of Faith No More

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  • I’ve never really been a fan of “Greatist Hits” or “Best Of” compilation albums. It seems to me that the only purpose they serve is to milk an artist for all they’re worth just to make a few bucks. Not only that, but a lot of the time you pass up on some of the artists best work just so you can get an album filled with stuff you’ve probably heard before. Luckily for us, “This Is It: The Best Of Faith No More” contains most of the best FNM songs, but it is missing some of my favorites like the tremenously underrated “Just A Man” (from “King for a day, Fool for a Lifetime”) and “Everything’s Ruined”.”This Is It…” begins with four songs from the Chuck Mosley era, including the band’s first small hit, “We Care A Lot”. Even though Mosley’s vocals can be a bit annoying, and the song writing wasn’t that great then, the band truely shows off their talent by sometimes single-handedly saving songs that were going nowhere with Mosley on them. The one thing that Mosley had going for him was that he could come up with some catchy choruses for tracks like “Anne’s Song” and the sarcastic humor in “We Care A Lot” is hard not to love.Next we have five songs from the band’s second most popular album, “The Real Thing”. This includes FNM’s biggest hit and the song that most people probably know them for: “Epic”. While that song, with it’s somewhat annoying and repetitive bass playing, didn’t showcase the full amount of talent that the band had, it did give them loads media recognition. The cover of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” is also a great showcase of how well guitarist Jim Martin can really play.The band’s best and most popular album, “Angeldust” is showcased next with the songs “Midlife Crisis” (Truely, the best song FNM has ever done), “A Small Victory”, and “Be Agressive” (A keyboard dominated song with hilarious lyrics).It should also be noted that, like any compilation album, “This is It…” contains three songs that weren’t on any of the band’s L.P.s. “As The Worm Turns” was originally a FNM song sung by Chuck Mosley, but in this live version, Patton really takes the song and makes it his own. “The Cowboy Song” has a great chorus but “The Perfect Crime” (originally off of the Bill & Ted’s Bogus Adventure soundtrack) is somewhat boring, although I do love singing some of the lyrics to it.Overall, this is a great showing of some of FNM’s best songs (the booklet that comes with it is fantastic as well, detailing the band’s long history) . However, if you’re only interested in getting one FNM compilation album, I’d suggest getting “Who Cares A Lot? The Greatest Hits” instead. It has better songs on it and a 2nd disc featuring 8 rare tracks.

    Posted on December 11, 2009