Introduce Yourself Import
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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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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.Read more ›
Here, however, they are. Jim Miller's guitar is hardly even noticeable on several tracks, and Chuck Mosley's vocals are less of a centerpiece of the sound as Mike Patton's would come to be (although Chuck's unorthodox vocals are a wonderfully enjoyable breath of fresh air). It's almost entirely the Gould and Bottum show. And it is good. Damn good.
It is fairly disturbing that this album came out in 1987, as it contains elments of every single popular hard rock/metal band from the past 5 years. These guys were too ahead of their time.
Is it as good as the Patton-era albums? Well, I'd say its about on the same level as Angel Dust, and better than Album of the Year, but not as good as The Real Thing or King For A Day... Fool For A Lifetime.
1.Faster Disco - Awkwardly enough this is actually a rather slow song but it's still a good opener with well performed instuments and Chuck Mosely's simple singing capabilities.
2.Anne's Song - Very melodical Bass line with a very cool Chorus and the end of this song will probably confuse the hell out of you on your first listen. :-)
3.Introduce Yourself - A short n' fast song that kicks in immidiately after track 2 is finished which works well with track 2's ending. :-)
4.Chinese Arithmetic - Starts out with a nice instrumental which is shortly joined by well harmonized bass and guitar lines that work with eachother. Good Song.
5.Death March - The begining of this song is a monologue of Chuck Mosely trying to get a ticket for a bus (I think) and then getting pissed and deciding to skate to the beach. Then the actual song starts which is a loud song that has kind of a doomsday feeling to it.
6.We Care A Lot - Cool Loud Rocking song with great bass (which I thougt was deep piano keys the first time I listened) and all the other instruments work together to produce a very good sound. With its lyrics I kind like to think of it as Green Peace's theme song.
7.R N' R - Great song overall with a really oddly but well tuned bass. One thing that bothered me for a while was that this song borrows some lyrics from Chinese Arithmetic(track #4), but I don't mind it anymore.
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Not quite as good as Angel Dust in my opinion, but to me Introduce Yourself is much better than The Real Thing, and anything they did after Dust. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Steve
When people talk about FNM they always refer to the Real Thing onwards, and appear to forget that FNM existed before Mike Patton. Read morePublished on April 4 2004 by Reza
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2003 by Donathan Durkos
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. Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2003 by Reijo Piippula
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... Read morePublished on May 7 2003
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2003 by Nemo
...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. Read morePublished on June 12 2002 by Michael D Murphy
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