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Introduce Yourself [Import]

Faith No More Audio CD
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Just like the folks who prefer David Lee Roth's Van Halen over Sammy Hagar's, some fans like the Chuck Mosely version of Faith No More over FNM's Mike Patton-fronted successor. With Mosely at the vocal helm, the San Francisco band's funk-metal rap felt fresher and less calculated. After hitting locally with a self-titled 1985 debut album, Faith No More were picked up by Slash Records for this Steve Berlin/Matt Wallace-produced follow-up. Introduce Yourself reprises its predecessor's anthemic "We Care a Lot," which remained a live staple throughout the band's career. Alongside it are other seminal FNM tracks such as "Anne's Song" and "Chinese Arithmetic," wherein the band's signature sound already lurks thanks to Roddy Bottum's classically nuanced keyboards and Jim Martin's crunchy guitar work. Still, it's Mosely's casual punk-ass attitude that carries the show. "Can I get a transfer, man?" he whines at the start of "Death March." "Ninety-five cents?! Fuck you, I'll skate to the beach and I'll look better getting there!" And while time has not been kind to some of the more generic tracks here, a band such as Limp Bizkit could still learn a lot from Introduce Yourself. The fact that it clocks in at a mere 38 minutes means you have that much more time to spin it again. --Bill Forman

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5.0 out of 5 stars The best FNM album, no question! June 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
Hmmm. I would guess that the reviews I've seen can be split into those who heard "The Real Thing" (or later) first, and those who were familiar with "Introduce Yourself" and "We Care A Lot". I was clearing out my garage a month or so back and came across this gem. I hadn't heard it in 10 years (no joke) and I was immediately blown away again! This is the sound of a band at the absolutely peak of their powers. The songs are barely contained in their intensity. "We Care A Lot" is patchy but shows promise and here it pays off, big time! In fact, for me, even 15 years after I first heard it, the opening chords of "The Real Thing" still ring in my head, for the simple reason that I thought they'd dropped the ball! From then on, FNM were a rock band, and a great one at that, but here they melded any music genre you could name, and did it brilliantly. Punk, metal, rap, sweeping electronica, it's all here. An awesome band and a, literally, awe inspiring album. If only all music was this good!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chuck was good too!, April 4 2004
By Reza
Format:Audio CD
When people talk about FNM they always refer to the Real Thing onwards, and appear to forget that FNM existed before Mike Patton. This along with We care a lot (their debut) are my favourite albums from these guys. Whilst admittedly Chuck Moseley is not as talented as Patton, his vocals nevertheless have a certain charm about them, as well as tons of attitude. On this album FNM come across like a junior Public image limited or baby Chilli Peppers. Which is no bad thing. Get this album it's an undiscovered gem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Faith No More album Oct. 9 2003
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This album by the young Faith No More is my favorite of theirs. Nothing else really sounds like this, in this way - funk, metal, punk, and sorta 80s electro rap. The entire band shines, but it's Chuck Mosley's bratty punk vocals that really do it for me on this one. So many good songs, so many good lines - I wish this album would find more of a cult following.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not My Style! Aug. 5 2003
Format:Audio CD
After listening four other Faith No More albums I listened this and I couldn't believe my ears. This was so different kind of music. "Annie's Song", "The Crab Song", "Faster Disco" were horrible to listen to. This is very bad. I was waiting for something better. The lyrics are boring and so are the melodies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome disc May 7 2003
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After purchasing Introduce Yourself mistakenly when looking for that rock/rap song that set it all off, I tossed the disc in the drawer for six months after hearing Chuck Mosely sing "Stylin, you know you are stylin." I thought he was an abomination.
After playing the hell out of The Real Thing and becoming an addict, I gave Introduce Yourself a second chance. Chuck Mosely grew on me, and this cd is just as good as The Real Thing. This is my second since the first one wore out. Is Chuck a good singer? Who cares, I love this CD, and I love Chuck too.
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I consider this to be one of the top ten greatest albums of all time.
This 1987 release is more than a decade ahead of its time with its blend of rap, metal and punk, with a soul and a power that blows away today's Limp Bizkits like so many dry, dead leaves.
Why do I love this album? For one, this band has an understanding of the principle of dynamics, something that even technically gifted bands like Metallica tend to lack. This album lifts you to the heights of head-banging ecstasy, fully on a level with newly-appreciated (thanks to Mike Myers) breakdown in Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody-- then it drops you into a cool pond of still water, where you lie, floating for a moment, before being grabbed by the collar and thrown against the wall. All of this is done within the space of a single song, using the most sophisticated and subtle musical devices.
Overall, this album is superior to the band's other efforts, in terms of musical greatness, technical execution and strength of emotion. It is one of those rare, seemingly divinely inspired and powerfully executed works of art that truly warrants the overused and now diluted term of "genius."
The only band today to which I could compare FNM on this album, at least in terms of emotional delivery and sheer power, is the mighty System Of A Down, who has achieved comparable moments of greatness, although not quite as consistently or thoroughly as FNM does on this tour de force. I do believe that SOAD has the potential to put out an album this good some day.
I won't state a position on the "which singer is better" issue. Mike Patton and Chuck Mosley have completely different styles and musical personalities. I will mention, though, that Chuck Mosley provides a raw insanity, beautifully balanced with a sense of humor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FNM's best record Jan. 12 2003
By Nemo
Format:Audio CD
This is FNM's best record ever. Mike Patton is not what Faith No More was ever about. The first lead singer is what made them great. Patton eventually ruined the band by taking them in directions they should never have gone. He should have stayed w/ Mr. Bungle. If you want true FNM get this album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The second album. 10 Gracious Melodies!!! June 12 2002
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...naysayers of Chuck Mosely need to step back on this one. His voice kind of makes me wish that the Mike Patton era could have been delayed just enough for another album. There really isn't a comparison from the first album when you hear how far he had come. Not to single him out, the band also progressed accordingly and showcased enough studio-savviness to break into the majors. Jimmy was getting his chops together, Mikey was hitting harder, Roddy's keyboard as bombastic and full-bodied as ever. And when you look back on it all, it makes the most underground elitist proud that they broke into the mainstream in such an unorthodox fashion. Simply, they just don't make cuts like this anymore.
Then the humor sets in and the impromptu, seemingly improvised lyrics grab ahold of you and, even though they may sound corny, you found yourself singing it to yourself on the bus to school. You had to admit: they were genius' "outside" of thier time.
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