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Faith No More’s disintegration has been breathtaking: From the lofty success of 1989’s The Real Thing to the obtuse disappointment (and commercial failure) of 1992’s Angel Dust to the new King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime, an album that—succinctly put—sucks. Like any fading act desperately searching for its identity, the San Francisco quartet throws a couple of super-lame experiments onto King, but the lounge-act funk of “Evidence” and the country-western strains of “Take This Bottle” prove pretty darn uninteresting. More important, the rocky stuff is just as leaden—“The Gentle Art of Making Enemies” broods fruitlessly, and “Ugly in the Morning” hammers drearily. Vocalist Mike Patton, sensing his band’s plight, attempts to spice things up by alternating between angelic keening and a gargling roar. It doesn’t work. The interminable length of King (nearly an hour) further begs the question: If you’re gonna make a lousy album, why not pare it down to 40 minutes or so?