Too cool – one of my favorite albums from my “back in the day” (that’s 1992 for anyone else not in my reality,) the very angry, messy, loud cacophony (yes, I realize that is redundant) that is Faith No More’s Angel Dust is getting the Mobile Fidelity treatment. And, really, if any FNM album deserved it, it’s this one – the one in their catalog that sounds like it started the “loudness war” should really benefit from being stripped back to the bare master tapes and released as close to as-is as possible. It should sound like a whole new album after MoFi gets through with it. I’m very excited.
What’s so fun about this album is that it was such a deliberate attempt to not sound like The Real Thing‘s glossy hits “Falling To Pieces” and the inescapable “Epic,” the song that mislabeled them for life as a rap-metal band – the only such song in their catalog. And when the record label wanted more of the same, true to what we now know as form, the band did exactly the opposite, handing over an album full of deliberately abrasive and weird songs. And they were still hits – “Midlife Crisis,” “Everything’s Ruined,” and “A Small Victory” were fairly big, but nothing along the lines of “Epic,” much to the label’s chagrin. But the album’s a modern day classic, no doubt about that, and now it’s getting the attention classics deserve. Reserve a copy today – or regret it later.