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Wet From Birth

Author: Peter Funk
10/12/2004 | | | Album Review
How does a band like The Faint escape from the corner they painted for themselves on 2001's critically adored Danse Macabre? Very carefully. As evidenced by their recent follow up, Wet From Birth, The Faint answers all challenges by creating a near perfect record that will have The Rapture,!!!, and every other dance punk band looking over their collective shoulders.

Much like Danse Macabre, Wet From Birth is stuffed with new wave beats, bleating synthesizers and lyrics dark enough to make Peter Murphy proud. In fact, there are times when the dark wave lyricism seems more a requirement than a natural progression. It's as if Todd Baechle feels obligated to toss out a line like "wet like a cherry in the bloodbath of birth" on "Birth," when he's just as capable of writing witty heartbreakers like "Phone Call." The band has incorporated a string section and sinister guitar tones to excellent effect. But it's their immersion in house music that provides the backbone on Wet From Birth, thumping loops of bass heavy four on the floor beats sometimes hidden under a drenching of keyboards, drums and guitars but almost always present.
Wet From Birth

Wet From Birth

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