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Faith No More - Angel Dust review



Reviewer:
9.3

493 users:
8.65
Band: Faith No More
Album: Angel Dust
Release date: June 1992


01. Land Of Sunshine
02. Caffeine
03. Midlife Crisis
04. RV
05. Smaller And Smaller
06. Everything's Ruined
07. Malpractice
08. Kindergarten
09. Be Aggressive
10. A Small Victory
11. Crack Hitler
12. Jizzlobber
13. Midnight Cowboy
14. Easy [Commodores cover]


Not to be confused with pixie dust.

I've been getting so many questions of late: "Omne, where have you been lately?", "Omne, why don't don't you review old albums like you used to?" and "what’s the difference between Dubai and Abu Dhabi? The people in Dubai don’t like the Flintstones but the people in Abu Dhabi do". Well, rest assured metalheads, I'm back from my holidays and decided to kick off the year with an album that is a stone cold classic; Faith No More's follow-up to the hit single "Epic", Angel Dust.

Infamously, the band's members were advised not to buy a house when they turned this album over to the record company, in the belief this album would be commercial suicide. Well, while it is nearly as anti-music as you can get this side of Strapping Young Lad and Protest The Hero, you can easily make sense and, most of all, be entertained by the music presented here.

From Mike Patton's unique and varied vocal phrasing, to his... odd lyrics (I don't know how you're supposed to "suck ingenuity down through the family tree", but I do know I won't be googling it without incognito mode on either), through to Bordin's off-kilter but hypnotic rhythms, and all the strange and eclectic samples thrown in in-between: Angel Dust has it all.

One of the first questions likely to be on your mind will be "how do you make an album feel like a cohesive unit when it contains such disparate elements?", from the gentle "Midnight Cowboy" to the avant-garde "Kindergarten" and the heavy-as-hell "Malpractice"? Well, Andy Wallace found a way. With each and every piece of the puzzle being put in the right place, the bigger picture is easily visible and somehow, makes perfect sense.

Wallace is aided in his efforts thanks to the collective and individual talents of all involved, with each member of Faith No More pulling their own weight and then some. From the opening "Land Of Sunshine", you'll know you're in for something different; it may not make sense upon first outings, yet it gets its hooks under your skin and you feel compelled to carry on further through the album. Perhaps it's the undervalued bass playing of Bill Gould (honestly, how he hasn't gotten more awards and recognition I'll never know), or the drum patterns of Bordin (see "Caffeine") that draw you in; either way, you're in for a wild ride.

If I did have to cherry-pick highlights from the album then I would have to plump for "Midlife Crisis" (thanks to Grand Theft Auto, you may have heard this one before), "Crack Hitler" and, perhaps the band's best effort overall, the sprawling mini-epic "Everything's Ruined", a track that seemingly only makes more sense as time goes on. Angel Dust is unique in that, ask different people for their favourite track off of the album and you will likely get several different answers, with each song being strong enough to warrant selection. If that isn't a sign of quality then I don't know what is.

If you are looking for an album that is both a palette cleanser and one that paints a picture using a palette all of its own, then look no further than this. Angel Dust is an island all of its own, even in the sea of alternative music that was the early 90's, a uniquely crafted album that is the musicial definition of eclectic.


Rating breakdown
Performance: 10
Songwriting: 10
Originality: 10
Production: 9





Written on 07.01.2023 by Just because I don't care doesn't mean I'm not listening.


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08.01.2023 - 12:32
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
You find weird countries to go on holiday... Did you catch England game in area. Anyway wellcome back
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08.01.2023 - 15:06
Rating: 10
musclassia

Written by Bad English on 08.01.2023 at 12:32

You find weird countries to go on holiday...


How could you possibly know this? He doesn't say where he went on holiday
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08.01.2023 - 15:08
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Written by musclassia on 08.01.2023 at 15:06

Written by Bad English on 08.01.2023 at 12:32

You find weird countries to go on holiday...


How could you possibly know this? He doesn't say where he went on holiday

Dubai or Abu Dhabi
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Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

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08.01.2023 - 15:18
Rating: 10
musclassia

Written by Bad English on 08.01.2023 at 15:08

Written by musclassia on 08.01.2023 at 15:06

Written by Bad English on 08.01.2023 at 12:32

You find weird countries to go on holiday...


How could you possibly know this? He doesn't say where he went on holiday

Dubai or Abu Dhabi


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""what’s the difference between Dubai and Abu Dhabi? The people in Dubai don’t like the Flintstones but the people in Abu Dhabi do""

Say the bit I've highlighted in the hyperlink text out loud, and then watch the clip I've linked in said hyperlink, and see if you can work out what is going on here

(Hint: It's a joke)
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08.01.2023 - 15:19
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Written by musclassia on 08.01.2023 at 15:18

Written by Bad English on 08.01.2023 at 15:08

Dubai or Abu Dhabi


.....

""what’s the difference between Dubai and Abu Dhabi? The people in Dubai don’t like the Flintstones but the people in Abu Dhabi do""

Say the bit I've highlighted in the hyperlink text out loud, and then watch the clip I've linked in said hyperlink, and see if you can work out what is going on here

(Hint: It's a joke)

My bad, I thought he was there after seeing England in WC... Nja my bad.
Sorry.
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I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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08.01.2023 - 15:38
Rating: 10
musclassia

Written by Bad English on 08.01.2023 at 15:19


My bad, I thought he was there after seeing England in WC... Nja my bad.
Sorry.


No worries; on the plus side, you've now learned a new joke, should you find a situation to use it in in the future

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On topic of the album: it's been a while since I've listened to Angel Dust, but it is a fantastic record. It is stylistically all over the place, but it doesn't feel chaotic and wacky like a lot of avant-garde metal records do; the smoothness of its production probably helps with that. I agree with Omne that Everything's Ruined is the piece de resistance here, but Kindergarten and A Small Victory were both also big favourites of mine; however, apart from perhaps Jizzlobber, I'm not sure there's much here that would be in 'favourite' contention, it's really consistent in quality given how different many of the songs are
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09.01.2023 - 12:05
Rating: 10
Netzach
Planewalker
Angel Dust is a wonderful, weird piece of music history and one of my favourite albums of all time. Caffeine is the best song on the album, for me. So marvellously deranged. Great to see the album get some love here, omne
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