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Faith No More-This Is It: The Best of... (Slash/Reprise/Rhino)

Faith No More is probably still best remembered for "Epic," the song that almost single-handedly created the rap-metal genre.  If not for this song, bands like Limp Bizkit, KoRn and Linkin Park would not exist.  (I'm not sure if they deserve credit or blame for that, but that's another story.)  The truth is that almost fifteen years on, the brontosaurus stomp of "Epic" still sounds amazingly fresh and vibrant. 

If that is all you know of Faith No More and you're going into This Is It  expecting nineteen rewrites of that song you are in for a revelation.  For the greatest talent of Faith No More was a musical flexibility where genres and styles were straddled with deceptive ease.  "Evidence" is insanely, elastically soulful tune that wannabe rock-funkers like Jamiroquai would kill for.  (The song was also used to great effect on the old TV series Homicide: Life on the Street.) 

"The  Cowboy Song" had an interesting hard-pop arena feel to it.  "A Small Victory" has the big-guitar feel of early U2 or Big Country.  The true range of the band may be best shown in the choice of two covers here.  Somewhat expected is a withering take on Black Sabbath's "War Pigs."  The band threw their fans a wicked change-up with their other cover, though, a rather straightforward reading of the Commodores' quiet storm ballad "Easy," where the band almost sounds like Hall and Oates.  As with most of Faith No More's choices, it works surprisingly well and became a fluke hit. 

However, after ten years of more famine than feast, Faith No More broke up in the mid-nineties, with lead singer Mike Patton returning to his side job with Mr. Bungle and keyboardist Roddy Bottum forming Imperial Teen.  This Is It is a reminder of what an adventurous and accomplished band they left behind.  (3/03)

Jay S. Jacobs

Copyright 2003 PopEntertainment.com. All rights reserved. Posted: March 24, 2003.

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Copyright 2003 PopEntertainment.com. All rights reserved. Posted: March 24, 2003.