The immediate media and social media reaction to Motherfucker, Faith No More’s comeback single, has been largely positive.
Here is a quick summary:

Stereogum:

It’s probably intended as a warmup for the LP, and is thus sort of a throwaway for the band, but sonically and structurally, “Motherfucker” sounds like vintage FNM, owing largely to Mike Patton’s remarkable vocal range and attack. It’s not going to make anyone forget Angel Dust, but it might make some people remember Angel Dust, and it sets a pretty high bar for the new album.

Spin

Prog-metal gods Faith No More have released a shitkicking new anthem called “Motherfucker,” which will serve as the lead single on the troupe’s as-yet-untitled album.

Slate

Now the first single is here—and it definitely sounds like a Faith No More song, with Patton alternately rap-singing and wailing over a military-style drum beat with cooing backup vocals and crescendoing power chords heralding a guitar solo that arrives a little over two minutes in. It’s got a Faith No More title, too: “Motherfucker.”

Metal Sucks

It’s like, y’know, a bajillion times better than that shitty video of the band playing it live. I am now more confident than ever than the new Faith No More album is going to be worthy of the FNM name.

Heavy Blog is Heavy

The song echoes the overall tone of “Pristina”, the 1997 swan song that closed out Album of the Year, but contrasts its finality with a rejuvenated motif about getting “that motherfucker.” Several aspects of the track are reminiscent of other pieces in Faith No More’s body of work, including 1989’s The Real Thing and other pieces of Album of the Year.

Exclaim

The first song to be released from the group since 1997, “Motherfucker” takes on properties of the FNM of old, whether it be Mike Patton’s The Real Thing rap cadence, or the way the vocalist can easily turn out soaring vocal melodies to gruff and grizzly growls targeting the “motherfucker” that tricked them in their youth. The music is likewise epic, evolving from spacious and sinister piano lines into a grand rock escapade.

Zumic

Faith No More just released their first new song in 17 years and it’s nothing short of magnificent.

 

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