Spin (5/95, p.97) - 6 - Good - "...Though the music careens from genre to genre as casually as most bands go from chord to chord...KING FOR A DAY is never less than coherent....Faith No More does for speed metal what REO Speedwagon did for the regular kind of metal more than 20 years ago..."
Q (7/95, p.135) - 3 Stars - Good - "...satisfies but fails to take the listener to strange new places..."
Musician (6/95, pp.71-72) - "...more accomplished, ambitious, out there and even restrained than any of its predecessors....enough surprising sentiment to lasso a few new cynics..."
Faith No More: Mike Patton (vocals); Roddy Bottum (keyboards); Billy Gould (bass); Mike Bordin (drums).
Additional personnel: Trey Spruance (guitar).
Recorded at Bearsville Studios, Bearsville, New York.
Personnel: Mike Patton (vocals); Roddy Bottum (keyboards); Bill Gould (bass guitar); Mike Bordin (drums).
Audio Mixer: Andy Wallace.
Audio Remasterer: Geoff Pesche.
Liner Note Author: Roddy Bottum.
Recording information: Bearsvilee Studios, Bearsville, NY; Live, Rotterdam.
Illustrator: Eric Drooker.
Photographers: Marko Lavrisha; Ross Halfin.
Faith No More's fifth full-length effort, 1995's KING FOR A DAY/FOOL FOR A LIFETIME, was the band's most straightforward work to date. Trey Spruance, the guitarist for FNM singer Mike Patton's side band, Mr. Bungle, who replaced Jim Martin after ANGEL DUST, fit in perfectly with the band--as proven by such highlights as "Ricochet," "Evidence," "The Gentle Art of Making Enemies," "Digging the Grave," and the epic title track. Unfortunately, Spruance's tenure with the band was short-lived--he departed just prior to the start of the album-supporting tour.