King For A Day… Fool For A Lifetime
Jim Martin left Faith No More after Angel Dust, pursuing a career in championship pumpkin growing. He was replaced by Trey Spruance, from Mike Patton’s side-project Mr. Bungle. King For A Day also had little input from Roddy Bottum, the keyboardist struggling with the recent deaths of his father and of Kurt Cobain, and his synth sounds are largely absent.
The resulting album is the most eclectic in Faith No More’s discography, and possibly in anyone’s discography, putting abrasive material like ‘Cuckoo For Caca’ and ‘Ugly in the Morning’ against smooth pieces like ‘Caralho Voador’ and ‘Evidence’. The smooth lounge jazz of ‘Evidence’ is perhaps the album’s most unexpected departure, but King For A Day covers a lot of ground. Straight-forward rockers like ‘Ricochet’ and ‘Digging The Grave’ are different from the funk metal that populated Faith No More’s previous albums, while the title track ventures close to progressive rock.
If Angel Dust was one of the weirdest, most intense albums to reach mainstream popularity, King For A Day.. Fool For A Lifetime is one of the most diverse.