Faith No More – Album Of The Year (1997) {Deluxe Edition 2016} [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Faith No More – Album Of The Year (1997) {Deluxe Edition 2016}
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:17:47 minutes | 897 MB | Genre: Pop
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“Album of the Year” is Faith No More’s sixth full-length release. It demonstrates the same kind of straight-ahead approach as its predecessor, „King For A Day“, but also contains plenty of surprises. The album was recorded entirely at bassist Billy Gould’s home studio, and contains the highlights ‘Collision,’ ‘Stripsearch,’ ‘Last Cup of Sorrow,’ ‘Naked in Front of the Computer,’ and ‘Helpless.’ Despite the emergence of numerous up-and-coming bands that were mentioning FNM as an important influence, the bandmembers amicably went their separate ways upon the completion of their 1997-98 tour.

Faith No More’s 1997 release Album of the Year featured the talents of another new guitarist, Jon Hudson, who replaced Dean Menta (Menta only toured with the group in support of King for a Day before being dismissed). Like King for a Day, Album is more straightforward musically than past releases and remains one of FNM’s most focused and concise works. Recorded in bassist Billy Gould’s home studio, Album of the Year would turn out to be their last studio recording before splitting up in 1997. A trio of outstanding tracks – ‘Stripsearch,’ ‘Last Cup of Sorrow,’ and ‘Ashes to Ashes’ – blend hard rock and pop melodicism the way only FNM can, while ‘Helpless’ is an unpredictable composition that alternates between heavy guitar riffing and Mike Patton’s tempered vocals. The explosive album opener, ‘Collision,’ and ‘Naked in Front of the Computer’ show that the band can still compose prime heavy rockers, while other musical forms were included as well (the romantic ballad ‘She Loves Me Not,’ the evil boogie of ‘Home Sick Home,’ and the Middle Eastern sounds of ‘Mouth to Mouth’). For the gripping album closer, ‘Pristina,’ the ’90s turmoil in Yugoslavia is used as a backdrop for a tale of lovers being separated due to war. Album of the Year was a fitting way for one of alt-rock’s most influential and important bands to end its career.

01 – Collision
02 – Stripsearch
03 – Last Cup of Sorrow
04 – Naked in Front of the Computer
05 – Helpless
06 – Mouth to Mouth
07 – Ashes to Ashes
08 – She Loves Me Not
09 – Got That Feeling
10 – Paths of Glory
11 – Home Sick Home
12 – Pristina
13 – Pristina (Billy Gould Mix)
14 – Last Cup of Sorrow (Roli Mosimann Mix)
15 – She Loves Me Not (Spinna Main Mix)
16 – Ashes to Ashes (Hardknox Alternative Mix)
17 – Light Up and Let Go
18 – The Big Kahuna
19 – This Guy’s in Love With You (Live)
20 – Collision (Live from Phoenix Festival)