By Jeremy Helligar
Updated June 20, 1997 at 04:00 AM EDT

Faith No More excel at making chaos sound compelling. Their seventh full-lengther, Album of the Year, tempers Mike Patton’s he-man vocals and a wall of punk-funk metal with tracks that bring down the noise. Patton sounds misty-eyed on ”Helpless,” while the band sprinkles ”She Loves Me Not” with touches of gospel and soulful harmonies. And surprise — they flaunt this tender side with nary a hint of irony. B

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