Artist: "Faith No More"
Album: "Angel Dust"
Genre: Alternative Rock
Label: Slash Records

Reviewer: Protoclown
Posted: 2/14/2008

Review: Several years ago when RoG was still living in Richmond, he and I were in a music store and he convinced me to pick up Angel Dust. I was only vaguely familiar with Faith No More's music, having not been exposed to much beyond "Epic" at that point. After picking it up on his recommendation, I was so impressed that I quickly found myself buying up the rest of their albums, but there's no doubt in my mind that Angel Dust is their masterpiece.

Faith No More's first two booze-soaked albums with Chuck Mosely are a lot of fun, but when Mike Patton came on board for their third album, The Real Thing, it cemented the band's definitive line-up that would release their most noteworthy material. The Real Thing was still very much a transitional album however, with Patton still coming into his own as a vocalist and not seeming entirely comfortable in the band just yet. Upon hearing Angel Dust it immediately becomes clear that Patton has finally made himself at home here. Not to discount the contributions of the other band members, but this was such a bold new direction for them, Patton's influential fingerprints can be found all over it.

This is a really complex, experimental album, and not as accessible as their earlier material, so it may take a few listens for you to fully appreciate everything that's going on here, but believe me, once you do, you'll recognize it as nothing short of amazing. Patton really begins to stretch his vocal muscles here and learn what he's capable of, and while it's nothing compared to some of his later work, this is really where he started experimenting with his voice.

Some of the more bizarre stand-out tracks are "RV", with its waltzy, piano tune, where Patton speaks most of the vocals in the character of a trailer-trash redneck and they keyboard-driven "Be Aggressive", with its cheerleader chorus and homoerotic lyrics by openly gay band member Roddy Bottum who wrote them with the sole purpose of trying to embarrass Patton who would have to sing them on stage. Of course, every track on the album is a masterpiece in its own right, and discussing each of them here would be a waste of time when you should be getting your hands on a copy of this album and hearing it for yourself. If you're not a fan of Faith No More, you will be after hearing this.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeWholeHalf
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Built in the 80s
Feb 14th, 2008, 06:40 PM
Faith no More rock. I'm probably more of a fan of The Real Thing though, than Angel Dust. Still, its definitely a great album.
Feb 14th, 2008, 06:41 PM
This has always been my favourite FNM album. For me, the "bizarre stand-out track" was the curiously named "Jizzlobber", which seems to come from a very dark place in Patton's mind.

And that cover of the "Midnight Cowboy" theme is cool too.
Feb 15th, 2008, 01:07 AM
The band members sure haven't done much since the break up.
Space Cowboy
Feb 15th, 2008, 03:18 AM
I once had a drunk woman demand that I buy this album after I exited a concert next to the bar she had just exited. Then she offered me a cigarette.
Feb 15th, 2008, 03:40 AM
I don;t know about that Nick Imperial teen are absolutely amazing
Feb 15th, 2008, 08:27 AM
I am a huge FNM fan, seriously, I absolutely love FNM. I'm so pleased that I've heard, from an American, that Angel Dust is there masterpiece, their crowning glory if you will.

Seriously, every American who's a FNM fan preffered The Real Thing over all the other albums. I love the Real Thing (Underwater Love is a particular favourite of mine, the dark undertones are sublime) but Angle Dust is a top notch album. The album was my starting point into metal, since it was the most extreme thing I'd heard at the time (I mean the more extreme metals, I've always loved Maiden and stuff). I wanted The Real Thing after hearing it in 1995 (I was 6 at the time) and got Angel Dust, I was blown away.

FNM were really my first love of music, I don;t think I'd have been such a big music lover today if not for them.

I order of most favourite to least favourite (least favourite used very lightly)

Angel Dust
King For a Day
The Real Thing
Album of the Year
Feb 15th, 2008, 05:27 PM
I love, love, love Faith No More and Angel Dust is easily my favorite album they made. I wish they would do a tour again, they wouldn't even hafta put on a new album, just lemme see them live.
Forum Virgin
Feb 16th, 2008, 12:16 AM
THE GREATEST ALBUM Ever made, I still listen to this at least once a week and have had to buy it three times (although one was a cassette. Jizzlober is a true masterpiece and Caffenine just rocks.
James Brown in hiding
Feb 17th, 2008, 03:23 AM
Faith no more and Patton fucking rule. 'Nuff said. Good call Prot.
Feb 17th, 2008, 02:25 PM
Truly an amazing album. Its essentially a giant middle finger to the American corporate music machine since the album doesn't have a single song that could had become a "hit". My personal favorite song is Everything's Ruined.
Pickled Patriarch
Feb 17th, 2008, 03:30 PM
It's truly a unique album, but I'm amazed you didn't mention Malpractice as that was always my favorite track on it followed by Caffeine.
Fookin' up planets!
Feb 18th, 2008, 02:15 AM
Anything Mike Patton Does is "Fooking" awesome!

Favorite song he has done...

Fantômas version of "Spiderbaby" theme song.----Go download it illegally now!
Feb 18th, 2008, 10:31 AM
Tomahawk is also friggin' amazing.

Sep 29th, 2008, 11:05 PM
I love the part in caffeine where the song kinda shifts into a native "american indian" rhythm with the bass and keyboard, I mean this album is so weird but sheer brilliance. Crack Hitler is also great.
I think it is also my favorite FNM album, although I like some of the more obscure tracks of the Real Thing such as "The morning after", "Woodpecker from Mars" as well. Overall a very interesting group with a combination of elements.
Drunk Yamo
Oct 1st, 2008, 10:54 AM
Originally Posted by Kilgore Cod View Post
Truly an amazing album. Its essentially a giant middle finger to the American corporate music machine since the album doesn't have a single song that could had become a "hit". My personal favorite song is Everything's Ruined.
Interesting thought, since both "Midlife Crisis" and "A Small Victory" were top 20 hits. Hell, "Midlife Crisis" was #1 for several weeks. "Everything's Ruined" was even released, but didn't chart.

Either way, Angel Dust is definitely my favorite FNM album. I skipped school to grab a copy opening day, and have gone through 4 since.
Forum Virgin
Apr 15th, 2009, 03:42 PM
guys everything mike patton has done is basically amazing. his album with kaada was incredible, tomahawk is incredible, fantomas is incredible, the dillinger ep he did with them was really good (not my favorite of dillinger's but definitely good)

also faith no more is reuniting: