Another rave review
UK publication The List has added to the list of early stellar reviews of Faith No More’s Sol Invictus. Here’s our usual selections of the best snippets:
“Propelled by one of Bill Gould’s greatest ever basslines, ‘Separation Anxiety’ is relentless, claustrophobic and disturbing; while ‘Cone of Shame’ shifts from velvety and gothic into churning, swampy noise-rock. ‘Rise of the Fall’ crafts a supremely eccentric patchwork, combining elements of wiry ’80s FNM, jagged riffs, mellow sunshine pop, and the bouncy carnivale of early Mr Bungle.
“The beautiful paradox at the heart of this band is that they are always at their most archetypally Faith No More when they sound nothing like archetypal Faith No More. The result is a masterclass in what they’ve always excelled at – not giving a damn about your expectations.”
German publication Spex has taken a unique angle on Sol Invictus by reviewing it simultaneously with Blur’s comeback album The Magic Whip. The counterpoints re certainly there; both bands back after long and what seemed terminal breaks; bands whose public perception is dominated by their lead singer; the singer in each case having carved out an almost equally successful solo and side project career to further burnish their reputation (Gorillaz, Fantomas, Bungle, The Good, the Bad and the Queen, Tomahawk, Peeping Tom); under-appreciated and talented band-mates; both bands misrepresented by their biggest hits (Epic, Song 2, Parklife). And Spex gave both albums extremely positive reviews. (The Blur album is really growing on me this week too by the way when I feel like listening to something else).
Here’s what they say about Sol Invictus: “The band are still as good as on their consistently outstanding albums. Patton’s vowel acrobatics still search for equals. The singer dominates the album, sings, perhaps, as well and rousing as never before. But the record is unambiguously a band album, with Roddy Bottum’s playful keyboards, the percussive drums, Gould’s driving bass, the guitars exploring all facets but especially the unconditional will to accept no musical boundaries that characterise songs like Superhero, Cone Of Shame and then excelling during the daredevil six minutes of Matador as they rise still further.
The conclusion refers to both albums and rightly praises both for their respect of the album as an art form before adding: “They reveal with each hearing a little more of their magic and become even better and more substantial. Who would have thought that?”
OC Weekly Patton drawings
The OC Weekly have continued their Faith No More coverage this week with an illustrated guide featuring some of Mike Patton’s best quotes.
Huff Post Wiltern review
The Huffington Post is the latest major media outlet to give Faith No More a live review. Here’s some of what they had to say about the band’s second night at the Wiltern:
“Playing new songs before the record’s release really forces an audience to pay attention to take in something they are unfamiliar with. You can easily lose a crowd that way, but that wasn’t the case during Faith No More’s 90-minute performance. Often fans don’t want to hear new tracks from its tried and true favorite artists, but at The Wiltern, the news songs blended seamlessly with “the hits”.”
Wiltern review and gallery
And another review and gallery here from Janky Smooth (via Stevens Drean, FNM French Community and FNM Followers).
“Faith No More are one of those bands that might make one question the quality of music that is being put out today. Don’t get me wrong, I love the raw, garage, punk, DIY vibes that dominate the sound that is coming from this generation. I’ve always loved that. But sometimes I need something a bit more complex, with different layers and there isn’t much new out there that fits that mold or anything that can compare to Faith No More; love them or hate them.”