The Real Thing Review

artist: Faith No More date: 05/15/2007 category: compact discs
Faith No More: The Real Thing
Release Date: Jun 1989
Label: Slash
Genres: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Funk Metal, Alternative Metal, Alternative Pop/Rock
Number Of Tracks: 11
The Real Thing is one of those rare albums that is impossible to quantify but astoundingly good.
 Sound: 8.5
 Lyrics: 7.5
 Overall Impression: 9.5
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overall: 8.7
The Real Thing Reviewed by: Mantiscabinet, on december 05, 2005
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Sound: Faith No More is a pioneer in the field of funk metal, along with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, with almost no credit for the creation of the genre itself. The sound of this album is traditional in some senses, and abstract in others. Like most funk metal bands, the heavy slap-bass is heard throughout, most notably in songs like "Epic," "Woodpecker From Mars" and "The Morning After." Bill Gould does an excellent job at providing heavy bass grooves that are happy thumps to the ear, while Jim Martin does a great job of providing great guitar work for Bill to work over (even though I'd like to see Jim solo more than three times on the album. ) However, some concepts FNM used are very odd to that of regular funk metal. For one, they use keyboards, which provides another great layer to the music. All of this comes together, along with humour, to form the FNM sound. However, the lack of consistency in bringing everything together is the only thing wrong as far as sound goes. Some songs, like "Fom out of Nowhere" and "Falling to Pieces" are very poppy, while "Surprise! You're Dead!", "Epic" and "Zombie Eaters" are very "in your face." // 9

Lyrics: The titles of the songs have nothing to hide. "Surprise! You're Dead!", "The Morning After" and "Falling to Pieces" spearhead the "if you can't get it, you're a retard" lyrical stylings. Although most of the songs are predictable on what they're supposed to be about, this was a very large trait for funk metal, and their "less is more" philosphy for writing meaningful lyrics should be hailed as a cornerstone in funk metal. As far as Mike Patton goes, he uses a variety of different voices to capture certain moods within the songs. // 8

Overall Impression: This is quite a good album. Aside from the first track (complete garbage) this album is very good, although their lack of sticking their feet in the mud when it comes to a signature sound doesn't say much about how the rest of their albums sound. This is a great buy for lovers of RHCP, but want something a little heavier, or for RATM fans who want something less political and more humourous. Overall, a very good album. // 9

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overall: 8.3
The Real Thing Reviewed by: les_paul_01, on may 15, 2007
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Sound: Faith No More, Rage Against The Machine and the Red Hot Chili Peppers pretty much invented what is today known as Funk Metal. There are few albums giving a better definition of this genre than this 1989 release by FNM. FNM's sound combines a lot of different elements, and all of the members are great musicians, which makes listening to it a great experience. Though interestingly, they also have a dedicated (and damn talented) keyboardist, which features strongly on a few of the tracks, including the massive hit "Epic", which got into the Billboard top. // 8

Lyrics: Like most Funk Metal lyrics, the ones heard on The Real Thing are mostly fairly straightforward. Generally the lyrics themselves take a backseat to Mike Patton's delivery, which usually complements the funky rhythms coming from the Bass & Drums. Which means that although Mike Patton is no Jim Morrison lyrically, he does what he does very well, and it works great with the music. // 7

Overall Impression: The closest comparisons to Faith No More's sound would be their Funk Metal contemporaries, the Red Hot Chili Peppers (mainly their mid-late '80s releases) and Rage Against The Machine. But FNM's sound is original enough that even if you aren't a major fan of the other 2 acts, The Real Thing is still well worth checking out. Personally, I love this album. Although the sound doesn't vary too much over the whole track, it still stays fresh enough to keep the listener interested. My personal favourites are "Epic", "Falling To Pieces" and "Zombie Eaters". Though there are great tracks spread all over the place, which makes listening to the whole album through a better experience than many other albums. The Album also contains a reworking of the Black Sabbath classic "War Pigs", giving the track a proper Funk Metal treatment. If this album was stolen or lost, I would sure as hell get a new copy (maybe after looking for it). It's an interesting listen, and something I like to keep near my stereo all the time. // 10

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