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Danse Macabre

8/21/2001 | Fungamemassive | Album Review
Well, what can I say? 'The best band in America?' Certainly. 'All music should sound like this?' Definitely. 'You are retarded if you don't buy this immediately?' Naturally. However, all of these words mean absolutely nothing if you haven't heard or seen the Faint. Everyone that I played "Blank-Wave Arcade" (their last album) for had their jaws drop to the floor. This release does little to disappoint.
The Faint come out of Omaha, Nebraska, bringing new-wave punk back from
the grave and making you dance against your will. They mix together keyboards,
synthesizers, mixers, guitars, robot vocals and an excellent cross of electronic
and 'regular' drums. This combination of insanity is only a shadow recorded
as compared to their live show (see our live review www.fungamemassive.com/review_ live_ thefaint.html). You will dance regardless of whether you can only pretend to be grinding in a club's rap room yelling 'Go Brooklyn, Go Brooklyn.' This is their fourth release in all; the first "Media" lacking the electronic aspect, the second being "Blank-Wave Arcade," and the third is "Blank-Wave Arcade Remixes." Hopefully this won't be their last.
On the whole, "Danse Macabre" is considerably more dark and sinister than "Blank-Wave Arcade." Progressing away from enormous amounts of Euro-dance and sexual-laced lyrics, this album moves to more of a despairing and depressing lyrical theme, though keeping your feet moving at the same time. The album kicks off with "Agenda Suicide," a minimalist number that uses an excellent synthesizer section that sounds like an intro to a Cradle of Filth song. The most dancey number of the record, and also probably the best, is the second song "Glass Danse World." It is one of those songs that sticks with you, as I heard them play it in June and instantly remembered it once I heard it again on the record. It has a great inter-chorus moving to one of the most dancey synth sounds I've ever heard. An excellent track is "Posed to Death" starts out with Todd doing a voice rhythm of "oh, oh, ah, ohs?." This is another track that sticks with you and you will find yourself humming or singing it at any random moment. The Faint also employ a cello and a robot voice (so New Wave) on a number of songs, adding to the complexity and fullness of their sound.
This album takes more ingestion time, but the payoff is highly rewarding. They made their impact with "Blank-Wave Arcade" and this album should go far in propelling them to taking over the world.
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