Album of the Year (Faith No More album)

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Album of the Year
Studio album by Faith No More
Released June 3, 1997
Recorded 1996-1997 at Brilliant Studios, San Francisco, California
Genre Alternative metal, alternative rock, experimental rock
Length 43:04
Label Slash
Producer Roli Mosimann, Billy Gould
Faith No More chronology
King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime
(1995)
Album of the Year
(1997)
Who Cares a Lot?
(1998)
Singles from Album of the Year
  1. "Ashes to Ashes"
    Released: May 19, 1997
  2. "Last Cup of Sorrow"
    Released: August 5, 1997
  3. "Stripsearch"
    Released: November 11, 1997
  4. "She Loves Me Not"
    Released: 1998 [cancelled]

Album of the Year is the sixth, and last to date, album by American rock band Faith No More. It was released on June 3, 1997, (June 9, 1997 in the UK and Europe)[1] and is the only album to feature the band's current guitarist Jon Hudson.

During touring in support of Album of the Year, Faith No More frequently wore suits during performances, a trend which carried over to their 2009 reunion tour.

The album sleeve did not feature printed lyrics; however, Mike Patton and Billy Gould did submit official lyrics to fnm.com,[2] which was a fan controlled site prior to the band reformation in 2009.[3]

The first pressing of the Australian, UK and Dutch versions included a bonus remix disc.

Album of the Year is the last album to be produced by the band before their break-up in April, 1998.

Release and reception[edit]

Commercial[edit]

As of July 2007, the album had sold 213,000 copies in the U.S. This nearly matched the total for King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime but was a significantly lower figure than that of the other two albums featuring Mike Patton on vocals. In other charts it fared much better, peaking at #1 in Australia and New Zealand. It also went Platinum in Australia for sales of more than 70,000 copies.[4] The album only had slight impact in the UK charts but it did go Gold for sales of more than 100,000 copies. The biggest downfall for this album was perhaps in the US where sales were significantly lower than previous efforts. Album Of The Year has sold just shy of two million albums worldwide.

Critical[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly B[6]
Pitchfork 2.4/10[7]
Rolling Stone 1.5/5 stars [8]
Spin 3.5/5 stars[9]

Initially Album of the Year was met with some lukewarm responses from critics. However, the album developed praise from both critics and fans in the years after the bands break-up in 1998. AllMusic gave the album a rating of four stars out of five and described it as being "a fitting way for one of alt-rock's most influential and important bands to end its career [...]".[5] They also noted it for being "more straightforward musically than past releases [...]".[5] A more harsh review came from Rolling Stone magazine, who rated the album one-and-a-half stars out of five and commented "...Faith No More are floundering around desperately, groping for a sense of identity and direction in a decade that clearly finds them irrelevant".[8]

The title of this album displays the band's sense of irony, as the majority of the members of Faith No More were ultimately unhappy with the outcome of Album of the Year and the direction it had taken them.

Artwork[edit]

The liner notes for the album jacket depicts the funeral of an old man, with the words "pravda vítězí" (truth prevails) adorning the coffin. The statement is the motto of the Czech Republic, and on the photographs is Czechoslovakia's first president, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk. The use of the imagery on the album art is representative of an end to a golden age — namely, the band's.

One rather persistent but ultimately false claim among the fans of the band attributes the photography belonging to Lenin's funeral. The band did acknowledge the similarity of facial features, however.

Songs[edit]

"Naked in Front of the Computer" is the fourth song on the album. It was listed on promo copies as "Naked in Front of This Computer"; it is unknown whether this is a working title or a mistake. It is one of the few songs in the Faith No More catalogue written solely by Mike Patton. When asked about the song's meaning, Billy Gould replied:

"She Loves Me Not" is the eighth song on the album. The song itself seems to draw its influence from lounge music. It was to be the fourth single off the album, but the band ended before this could be accomplished. It has also never been played live. Despite this, it made an appearance on Faith No More's 2006 greatest hits compilation The Platinum Collection. When asked about the song, Billy Gould replied:

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Collision"   Hudson, Patton 3:24
2. "Stripsearch"   Hudson, Patton, Bordin, Gould 4:29
3. "Last Cup of Sorrow"   Patton, Gould 4:12
4. "Naked in Front of the Computer"   Patton 2:08
5. "Helpless"   Patton, Bordin, Gould 5:26
6. "Mouth to Mouth"   Hudson, Patton, Bordin, Gould 3:48
7. "Ashes to Ashes"   Hudson, Patton, Bordin, Gould, Bottum 3:37
8. "She Loves Me Not"   Patton, Bordin, Gould 3:29
9. "Got That Feeling"   Patton 2:20
10. "Paths of Glory"   Hudson, Patton, Bordin, Gould, Bottum 4:17
11. "Home Sick Home"   Patton 1:59
12. "Pristina"   Patton, Gould 3:51
Bonus tracks
No. Title Length
13. "The Big Kahuna" (Japanese or limited Edition bonus track) 3:07
14. "Light Up and Let Go" (Japanese or limited Edition bonus track) 2:20
15. "Last Cup of Sorrow (Rammstein Mix)" (Limited Edition bonus track) 4:23
16. "Ashes to Ashes (Hardknox Alternative Mix)" (Limited Edition bonus track) 6:47
17. "She Loves Me Not (Spinna Crazy Dub Mix)" (Limited Edition bonus track) 4:41
18. "Last Cup of Sorrow (Sharam VS FNM Club Mix)" (Limited Edition bonus track) 7:24
Bonus disc
No. Title Length
1. "Last Cup of Sorrow (Bigfoot And Wildboy Mix)"   8:44
2. "Last Cup of Sorrow (Bonehead Mix)"   4:54
3. "Ashes to Ashes (Hardknox Horned Hand Mix)"   6:47
4. "Ashes to Ashes (Automatic 5 Dub)"   6:10
5. "She Loves Me Not (Spinna Main Mix)"   4:41
6. "Ashes to Ashes (Dillinja Mix)"   5:30

Personnel[edit]

Faith No More
Production
  • Roli Mosimann – producer, mixing
  • Paul Ceppaglia – mixing assistant
  • Atom – engineer
  • Mike Bogus – engineer
  • Daniel Presley – engineer
  • Howie Weinberg – mastering
  • Katherine Delaney – art direction, design

Accolades[edit]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Kerrang! United Kingdom "Albums of the Year"[11] 1997 10

Chart positions[edit]

Album
Chart Peak
Australian Albums Chart 1
Czech Republic Top 40 1
New Zealand Charts 1
German Album Charts 2
Finnish Albums Chart[12] 4
UK Albums Chart 7
Swedish Top 50 11
U.S. Billboard 200 40
Singles
Year Title Peak chart positions
US Main[13] AUS
[14]
FIN
[15]
NOR
[16]
NZ
[17]
SWI
[18]
UK
[19][20]
1997 "Ashes to Ashes" 22 8 7 14 39 50 15
"Last Cup of Sorrow" 14 66 32 51
"Stripsearch" 83
"—" denotes singles that were released but did not chart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Music Express: 27. May 31, 1997. 
  2. ^ "OFFICIAL LYRICS: Album Of The Year". Retrieved November 24, 2009. 
  3. ^ "::official FAITH NO MORE site:: About FNM::". Faith No More. February 2009. Retrieved November 24, 2009. 
  4. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 1997 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on May 28, 2008. Retrieved May 28, 2008. 
  5. ^ a b c Prato, Greg. "Album of the Year - Faith No More : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  6. ^ Helligar, Jeremy (June 20, 1997). "Album of the Year". Entertainment Weekly (384). Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  7. ^ Stomberg, Jeremy. "Faith No More: Album of the Year: Pitchfork Review". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on October 31, 2001. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Rolling Stone
  9. ^ Spin: 114–115. August 1997. 
  10. ^ a b "Faith No More - The Making of Album of the Year". Keyboard Magazine. September 1997. Retrieved June 23, 2008. 
  11. ^ "Kerrang! - Albums of the Year". Kerrang!. Archived from the original on March 27, 2008. Retrieved April 8, 2008. 
  12. ^ Suomen virallinen lista[dead link]
  13. ^ "Billboard.com - Artist Chart History - Faith No More". Nielsen Company, Billboard magazine. Retrieved June 3, 2008. 
  14. ^ "Discography Faith No More". Steffen Hung, australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on May 11, 2008. Retrieved June 3, 2008. 
  15. ^ "Discography Faith No More". Steffen Hung, finnishcharts.com. Retrieved June 3, 2008. 
  16. ^ "Discography Faith No More". Steffen Hung, norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved June 2, 2008. 
  17. ^ "Discography Faith No More". Steffen Hung, hitparade.ch. Archived from the original on May 30, 2008. Retrieved June 2, 2008. 
  18. ^ "Discographie Faith No More". Hung Medien, hitparade.ch. Retrieved June 2, 2008. 
  19. ^ "UK Top 40 Chart Archive, British Singles & Album Charts". everyHit.com. Archived from the original on June 4, 2008. Retrieved June 2, 2008. 
  20. ^ "Chart Stats - Faith No More". chartstats.com. Retrieved January 27, 2008. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Savage Garden by Savage Garden
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
June 29 – July 5, 1997
Succeeded by
The Fat of the Land by The Prodigy