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The Real Thing (album) by Faith No More 

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The Real Thing
The Real Thing by Faith No More (1989)
Overall rank: 711th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 340 votes)
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Accolades: Top 20 albums of 1989 (11th)
Top albums of the 1980s (111th)
Top 1,000 albums of all time (711th)

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Faith No More bestography

The Real Thing is ranked 2nd best out of 11 albums by Faith No More on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Faith No More is Angel Dust which is ranked number 398 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 6,493.

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Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 340 votes)
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70/100
From Strangel 08/27/2018 05:11
Came onto the scene and was interesting enough without bringing anything mind-blowing (or epic) with it. Is undoubtedly a very good album but that's about it.
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From capkronos 04/30/2018 17:55
One of the most creative, interesting and ambitious rock albums of the entire decade, this basically sticks a middle finger up at the conventions of both glossy glam rock and mopey indie college bands that were popular at the time. It doesn't really fit in with the metal genre either, nor the grunge sound popular a few years later. This is its own beast doing its own thing; incorporating piano and synth and finding unusual sounds to weave into each song with just the right amount of restraint.

This is so much fun to listen to that I'm not even mad at it for influencing the (mostly) garbage nu metal movement that hit about a decade later. And if titles like "Zombie Eaters" and "Woodpecker from Mars" don't automatically pique your interest then sorry, we can't be friends.
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85/100
From LedZep 04/21/2018 20:22
How the hell is The Real Thing not the best rated song on the album? Probably their best song all around. And a fantastic album, nearly as good as Angel Dust
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From Jbalbinolr 11/22/2017 21:15
Solid.
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85/100
From Highhopes 09/06/2017 05:46
Its amazing how much Mike Patton's voice improves subsequent to this album. Having said that, this is an ambitious album - the first three tracks are excellent, and the others are diverse if inconsistent. The title track and Epiq both show the loud-quiet contrast that later became their trademark.
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90/100
From garycottier 05/26/2016 19:59
An eighties/nineties classic. I was completely enthralled with this album when it first came out. It was original, exciting, and, accessible. The first three tracks are stunning, although, epic, sounds a bit dated now. Surprise, you're dead, is a great thrash metal pastiche, and, zombie eaters, is a darkly humorous song about new born babies. There's humour all over this album, and Mike Patton, making his FNM debut here, takes the music to places vocally that previous singer Chuck Moseley never could have. Other highlights are the title track, the cool jazz of, edge of the world, and the bizarre instrumental, woodpecker from mars. As I said about, epic, the album does feel a little dated now but that doesn't take away from the brilliance of the music. Much better than, sol invictus.
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75/100
From sethmadsen 04/18/2016 03:55
If nothing else, this bass tone is great on the album. I really don't care for the singing. A little too butt rock for me. Although Epic is a solid rock song. I'd rather listen to RHCP early stuff. Surprise your dead was alright.
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From Decurso 11/08/2014 08:54
This was such a breath of fresh air when it first came out. Epic and The Real Thing really changed the way I looked at hard rock.
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From sageamagoo 11/24/2013 20:42
This was a great album, but Angel Dust blew it out of the water.
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From paladisiac 03/05/2013 21:04
These are the supposed grandfathers of nu-metal, evidence you can hear on the aptly-titled "epic" as well as "the morning after" and the ambitious title track. However, outside of the colossal "epic" and the Sabbath cover, there isn't much else to hear here.
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