ARTIST: Faith No More
TITLE: We Care a Lot
YEAR RELEASED: 1985
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: You know the title track, probably. It was on their second album.
LINEUP: Mike Bordin, Rod Bottum, Billy Gould, Jim Martin, Chuck Mosley
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Debut album by the Bay Area group finds them refining their sound, with a vocalist that doesn’t match them at all.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: For the most part, the Faith No More sound is there. The heavy and somewhat funky bass, the inventive use of keyboards as a building block element, and Jim Martin on guitar. They refined it over time but the building blocks are there. Just listen to the instrumental Pills for Breakfast.
What they don’t have yet is a vocalist. I came into the album hearing that Mosley wasn’t a good fir, and my ears confirm it. He’s doesn’t really blend with what the rest of the band is trying to do, except on the title track. It’s kind of off putting.
They would finally find their vocalist on their third album, and their second is somewhat of a better mix, but this album just doesn’t do it for me for the most part.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Originally the band was called Faith. No Man.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: C: A few moments, some good backing arrangements, but the vocals and the vocal mix kind of ruin most of it.