Leading Chicago media The Chicagoist and the Chicago Tribune heaped praise on Faith No More for their Concord Music Hall show on Thursday night. Here’s some of what they saud:
“[Mike Patton] hissed, wailed, screamed, rapped, squealed, taunted and cackled. Embracing satire, indignation and complacency, he played fast-talking auctioneer, high-pressure pitchman, bullhorn-wielding preacher and jargon-spewing carnie. Patton contorted syllables and distorted tones without the aid of filters, animating characters seemingly afflicted by bouts of schizophrenia, sadness and shock. It’s a wonder he didn’t blow out his throat.
Dressed in matching white outfits, and anchored by keyboardist Roddy Bottum, Patton’s able mates dynamic backdrops that mixed thrash, funk, and film and cartoon music. Arrangements shifted between harsh and soothing, occasionally within the span of a verse, setting up moody contrasts (“King for a Day”) and scorching bursts of intensity (“Caffeine”).”
“All the Sol Invictus material fit in perfectly, since the album itself sees the band in terrific form, still walking the fine line between challenging the listener and paying off on that tension.”
“This was also the point we realized all of this was actually possible because the band actually seems to be enjoying themselves. The new album works because Faith No More is making music together again because they want to, and no other reason. As Patton stomped around the stage giddily singing “We Care A Lot” during the encore he was positively beaming. And his bandmates we’re beaming right alongside him. Who knows how long the band will be together this time? But we know that they’ll only stay together if they want to.”