LiveWire May ?/1995
FAITH NO MORE
King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime
Resembling no other fantastical FNM opus, King For A Day is nevertheless a return of sorts to conventionally instrumentalized rock songs, back to (oxymoronic) progfunk basics, chugging guitars, manic grooves, melody-pegging keys, swirling and thrashing smartly beneath a suave, unsettled and stellar Mike Patton performance. And suave is definetely the set-up on such smarmy, r&b-tingled complex-ballads as "Take This Bottle", "Just A Man" and the melancholic title track, songs that are easy to love, that drinkability carrying into the itchy, perky, bombastic rock numbers too, solidifying a record with an intellectual but toned-down character, peaceable agitation, busy buzz on neurotic simmer. The crazy professors have hatched an enigmatic one here, in remission from the insanity of ANGEL DUST, rediscovering THE REAL THING, but sawing off the edges to load up the layers, a kind of world-weary loungey maturity when mellow and introspective, which is nearly half the record. And when heavy, the band moshes on pins and needles, churning out the decibels only inches from Anthrax, finding punkfunk that maifests itself as sturdy face-flung-forward songs. Exectutive summary: artists off-the-rails harnessing the mania for something altogether rational.
Thanks to Liz Adams.