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Episode 11: Album Of The Year by Faith No More

faith_no_more_-_album_of_the_year_-_frontCreative consolidation or aesthetic dead end?

To coincide with the release of Faith No More’s reunion album, Sol Invictus, we decided to revisit their original swansong, Album Of The Year, which came out in 1997 during the great decline period for alternative rock. As a direct consequence, Faith No More found themselves stranded in no man’s land, caught between the old alternative sound and the emerging nu-metal movement which they helped influence. In this episode we will discuss the album’s songs, its critical and commercial reception, and its place within Faith No More’s discography.

Originally released: June 3, 1997.

(Listen to the songs we talk about on this episode’s Spotify playlist HERE)

Watch the playlist of Music Videos and other Album of The Year related videos.

LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD THE EPISODE HERE

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6 Comments

  1. Nice review, gentlemen. Really enjoyed this. This album was in serious need of a reappraisal so I salute you both for starting that conversation. I’m going to take your praise a step further and say Album Of The Year is their best, and certainly their most overlooked here in the States. You nailed it by noting that this is their best produced record. It still sounds fresh today.
    But it’s also the songs. Some of their absolute high points are on this record, and the lesser tracks are still pretty great, even She Loves Me Not. Pristina is a beautiful, majestic closer. Helpless, as you point out, is one of their best and most uncharacteristic songs. I’ve always liked Home Sick Home, though I do agree it sounds a bit unformed.

    This is a big, thoughtful, well-crafted album by a band that had really matured as musicians. The whole album has a mournful beauty to it, musically and lyrically. It has grown with the years.

    • Thanks for the feedback, Adam.

      It was a good excuse to revisit the album. The band has always had a loyal following here in Australia and as I mentioned in the review, the singles were on high rotation on the music TV channels and Triple J (Aussie Radio Station). Not being a hardcore fan, I was always confused as to why this album got such a bad rap. Glad you enjoyed the show. – Luke

  2. Glad to see you guys revisit some metal/quasi-metal material. Now I’m hoping you’ll review Ministry’s Filth Pig or Dark Side of the Spoon! Maybe you’ll do a double feature of these two albums?

    • Hello Josh. Thanks again for your continued interest in The Second Spin. We very much appreciate it. As for Ministry, we are definitely planning on reviewing one of their albums in the future, but it won’t be for a while yet. A double feature isn’t a bad idea! We’ll see. Thanks for the suggestion. – John.

  3. Hi guys.

    Just wanted to say thanks for doing this album, and this band, and to let you know how much I enjoyed this episode. This was never my favourite Faith No More album, but as you rightly say, the first half is absolutely great.

    I’m not sure what criteria you base your decisions on for future Second Spin albums, but I’d love to hear your thoughts on any other FNM album. I’d argue that King For A Day is certainly their most overlooked gem, and has a heap of interesting stories that surround its creation. Hope you’ll get around to it soon.

    Cheers guys,
    Theo

    • Hello Theo. Please excuse the lateness of this reply. We are glad you enjoyed the episode. It has been our most popular episode so far.

      As for King For A Day….., we considered reviewing that album, and perhaps we might return to it in the future. We picked Album Of The Year because it got the worst reviews of any FNM album since Patton joined at the time and it didn’t sell as well as their previous albums with him. King For A Day…. did put off many fans, but there are also many fans that rate it quite highly and even claim it’s their best due to its variety.

      Thanks for supporting The Second Spin.

      John

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