Faith No More "The Real Thing" Deluxe Edition (1989/2015)
Another all-time classic metal album that I must have on CD. I personally think this remastered reissue sounds much better than the first pressing, which sounds very thin. Most b-sides from this era are collected on the second disc as bonus tracks, although "The Perfect Crime" (from "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey" soundtrack) is sadly missing. Its early version "Sweet Emotion" is included but "The Perfect Crime" is far superior, with different lyrics, vocal melodies, arrangement and title too. Thankfully the two studio bonus tracks from "Live At The Brixton Academy" are included here, although the titles are still mysteriously switched. "Cowboy Song" must be the instrumental, while "The Grade" is the one with vocals. Oh, I got this from Amazon UK for only £6.99, another great deal!
BILLY GOULD, Faith No More | “The kids in District Unknown had the attitude that originally inspired me to play music, and did it in a place with real potential consequences. It’s not necessarily sexy, there is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, it’s music made out of need. What also made me want to be involved in this is that it shows a side of Afghanistan that people rarely see; in some ways very exotic and different, but in others, strangely familiar and believable." Billy Gould (Image from Kaaos Tv)
Member that Mr. Bungle review I did last week? Well it made me listen to every Faith No More record and I found it neccessary to review "The Real Thing" this week as it marks the begining of a musical revolution.
A lot of bands get mentioned as big influences but few names pop up as often as Faith No More and for a good reason. The band combined funk, rap, heavy metal, synthpop, circus music and added their unique sense of humour back when thrash and glam metal were dominating.
Zero shits were given and that still remains.
While Patton gets the most praise because of his insane vocal range, the other members deserve all the praise imaginable
Puffy is a groove machine and he hits the kit hard, even to this day, Gould is easily one of the best modern bassists, Bottum is a keyboard genius and he adds a lot to their sound and let's not forget Martin's influential riffage and guitar skill. Every member is a weirdo and the chemistry they all have is unparalleled. The production is also amazing and it's a real shame people don't produce records like this one for example.
Songs like "From Out Of Nowhere", "Epic", "Falling To Pieces" are quintessential FNM but this record provides much more. "Zombie Eaters" has the most 80's metal riff but the band plays with so much sounds and the song goes through a lot of moods, many do actually. Title track is a slow and proggy track that has a nasty riff, one of their best in fact.
The only potential flaws are Patton's vocals which mostly lean on the nasal side so I can imagine that as a problem to some and the overall weirdness of the band might turn off some, that's about it really. Even the "War Pigs" cover rips.
So many artists look up to Patton and co. and I completely understand why. Faith No More were that generation's Zappa but so much bigger and better. This is coming from a Zappa fan.
"The Real Thing" is a tight, fun, creative and ground-breaking record which created alternative metal and influenced nu metal.
This might suck for some of you but you can't deny the impact this band had on modern music. Unmissable record by a god-tier band.
Oh and things only got better as FNM decided to top this gem in three years time.