Angel Dust review by Faith No More

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  • Released: Sep 20, 1999
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9.8 (47 votes)
Faith No More: Angel Dust
5

Sound — 10
FNM combine funk, metal, jazz, hip-hop, and prog and prove to be one of the most creative and underrated groups of the '90s. This would the last album with guitarist Jim Martin, who contributed heavily to FNM's metallic sound.Its one of FNM's best efforts, and it's a true shame that this disc didn't recieve the amount of success it deserved.

Lyrics — 10
Topics range from the bitter and senile (Land Of Sunshine, RV, Midlife Crisis) to the abstract and generally-weird (Smaller And Smaller, Everythings Ruined). Mike Patton whispers, screams, groans, and even croons over the music. Great, interesting lyrics, even if they don't always make sense.

Overall Impression — 10
This album shows the versatility the Faith No More had. There are funk-driven rhythms without, courtesy of bassist Billy Gould and drummer Mike Bordin, as well as Jim Martin's metallic guitar stylings. Keyboardist Roddy Bottum also delivers with wonderful keyboard flourished thoughout Angel Dust. Over the top of it all is hyper-versatile vocalist Mike Patton, who can croon like Sinatra one minute and give a blood-curdling scream the next. Overall, I think this album just shows FNM were easily one of the most creative groups of the nineties.This disc should NOT be ignored, highly recommended.

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    peterwivsta
    love this album, is it loosely based around aging and being depressed about it? Anyway, glad to see someone loves this album as much as i do. keep listening to great music, wivsta
    peterwivsta
    I love this album, is it loosely based around aging and being depressed about it? Anyway, glad to see someone loves this album as much as i do. keep listening to great music, wivsta