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Album of the Year – Faith No More

Album of the Year

1997, 6.5/10
Between King For A Day… and Album of the Year Faith No More went through another couple of guitarists – Trey Spruance was replaced by Dean Menta for touring, but after the group struggled with writing block, he was replaced by Jon Hudson. Album of the Year is a tired sounding record, with slow tempos and little of the manic energy of the group’s previous albums. Unlike previous records, the best songs are the singles, and there’s little of note after the most famous songs.

The singles ‘Last Cup of Sorrow’ and ‘Ashes To Ashes’ use Mike Patton’s huge voice for climactic choruses, against a tense guitar riff. ‘Stripsearch’ is a pretty piece of lounge-flavoured electronica, while ‘She Loves Me Not’ is pretty with its acoustic arrangement centered around Roddy Bottum’s piano.

Album of the Year does feel like this always interesting band were running short of inspiration, and it’s not surprising that it was Faith No More’s final album until 2015’s Sol Invictus.

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