Pop Matters is the latest major site to give Faith No More Sol Invictus a largely positive review.
They give 7/10 and make a good point on how the two singles work better as part of the album
“Superhero” shows up as the second track, coming on the heels of the low-key, portentous “Sol Invictus”. The latter, with lyrics about a crisis of faith, beautiful warm minor-key piano chords, and quietly pounding drums, sounds like it’s building up to something. In this case, it’s building up to “Superhero”, which launches full throttle and fades into the relaxed “Sunny Side Up”, a song with one of the record’s catchiest choruses. It’s a chorus that the band and Patton entertainingly destroy by pushing it into a shouted, hard-edged refrain before backing off again. Both “Sunny Side Up” and “Sol Invictus” come in under the three-minute mark, showing that the band has the savvy to build a song around a simple musical idea and not ruin it by stretching it too far.”
And the review concludes:
“Sol Invictus probably isn’t going to top Angel Dust or The Real Thing on most fans’ lists of favorite Faith No More albums, but it’s a step up from Album of the Year and holds its own with the strong but slightly bloated King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime record. This is a solid comeback album that succeeds on its own terms. Namely, the whole band sounds engaged and enthusiastic to be working together, and that’s good for everyone that’s ever had a vested interest in Faith No More.”
The entertainment site gives a 4/5 review entitled “Faith Restored: Or, Return of the Maniacal Metal Monarchs” and state:
“This album fits right in with their existing work and seems like a natural progression that holds the essence of everything that makes the band so unique. It’s hard to imagine that Faith No More will ever release another work as big or important as 1992’s “Angel Dust,” but this collection of songs is definitely worthy of the band’s name and shows they still have the energy and skills to crank out some massive music.”
PopDose also give Sol Invictus a generally positive review, stating:
“People don’t always like their favorite musicians to change. They like them to evolve over eons, to move slowly and gradually, almost encased in ice. Faith No More seems to inherently know this and they’ve done a brilliant job walking the line between reunion and reinvention on Sol Invictus. They’ve given loyal fans a record that sounds mostly like what they were doing in the 90s and they’ve given new listeners a reason to check them out. If this the start of something new or a flash in the pan, only time will tell. But Patton & company are sounding like they are in for the ride. Pay the man and buy your ticket.”
New Zealand site The 13th Floor also gives a good review.
“…The final product is quite stunning. In short, this is a great Faith No More record.
Things start with keyboard player Roddy Bottum’s stately piano on the title track, mixed with Mike Bordin’s martial drum beat. When Patton’s sinister voice comes in, singing, “I’m coming lord, I’m on my way,” you know you’re in for a wild ride.
And that what Faith No More, at their best, always delivers.”