PERFORMER: FAITH NO MORE
ALBUM: ANGEL DUST
THE BOTTOM LINE: The hard-rocking Bay Area quintet cope with success by sticking with what got them there.
Mainstream pop success is a difficult cross to bear for avant-garde hard rockers. Their stock-in-trade is assaulting the status quo and ridiculing pop culture, yet suddenly their songs are mixed into Top 40 radio's diet of fluffy, fast-food hits. Bands such as Metallica and Nirvana have scored their share of chart toppers recently without being perceived as "selling out." Now, two years after their critically acclaimed, breakthrough album The Real Thing, the San Francisco-based...