When it boils down to it, Faith No More don’t really do boring.
Label: Ipecac Recordings
Released: 19th May 2015
Those born around the release of Faith No More’s ‘Album of the Year’ will be eighteen this year, officially an adult, able to drive, marry, vote, drink and a whole lot of other things; so, you’d be forgiven for assuming that by this point, the follow-up would never arrive.
But arrive it has in the form of ‘Sol Invictus’, their first post-reformation, where their quirk is no longer the potentially alienating force in a grunge-heavy 90s, but one that sees their penchant for uncompromising creations shift from a mere comeback album. Instead, this smacks of something good regardless of its historic context, bursting with new oddities that stand out each time you listen.
‘Superhero’ sees Patton’s vocals stretched across styles, where ‘Motherfucker’ is a strange, repetitive battle between a dark spoken-verse and soaring chorus. ‘Cone of Shame’ showcases an experimental western drawl; it’s like walking through the wild west into a saloon and then finding a solid rock band in the corner. ‘Separation Anxiety’ broods along, waiting until the last seconds before really letting loose.
When it boils down to it, Faith No More don’t really do boring. Versatile, with some misses in its midst, but in the age-old conundrum of a band reforming vs. damaging their reputation, it’s not only a welcome return, but a snappy album you can listen to time after time and never really stop discovering. Heather McDaid