Wet From Birth
Author: Bill Pearis
With their 2001 album Danse Macabre, Omaha, Nebraska's, gothic new wave revivalists the Faint became the It Band of the moment, scoring an opening slot on No Doubt's tour, articles in Time and Rolling Stone, and intense college radio airplay. They also helped open the door for other likeminded bands, including Hot Hot Heat and the Killers, to have national success. Taking three years to make a follow-up, the Faint are back with Wet from Birth, a fantastic-sounding record. Slashing guitars, gurgling synths, pulsing bass lines, real drums -- it's an irresistible mix. Just try not bobbing your head while listening to such stompers as "Desperate Guys," "Paranaoiattack," and "How Could I Forget?" Wet from Birth's standout cut, though, is "I Disappear," a retro-now classic if there ever was one. If the Killers' "Somebody Told Me" can become a hit on commercial radio and MTV, this song's a shoo-in. There are some missteps, however. "Erection" is a goofy Depeche Mode wannabe, and "Symptom Finger" veers a little too close to Dead or Alive's cheeseball hit "You Spin Me Round" for its own good. But when the Faint set their sights firmly on the dance floor -- which is most of the time -- Wet from Birth delivers the goods.