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Danse Macabre

Author: BO'B
11/30/2001 | Nadamucho.com | www.nadamucho.com | Album Review
Where the hell did these guys come from? Danse Macabre is Goth-pop by way of 1983 - played with a straight face. It's hollow drum loops pinging out a dance beat; it's "sinister" keyboard washes; it's near monotone, Sisters of Mercy-style vocals; it's frenetic bursts of guitar chaos. Nostalgic yet? Here's the clincher: it's cool. The Faint take their cues directly from Gary Numan and Kraftwerk, and they're not ashamed - and shouldn't be, because there was some great music to be found in the dark underbelly of New Wave if you could look past the silly haircuts.
The Faint program and play this music without an ounce of irony, something lost on modern poseurs like Orgy, who are more Crue than Cure. They even tap into the Goth obsession with death: "Posed to Death", "Let the Poison Spill From Your Throat", and "Agenda Suicide" are among the more bitter morsels of black candy offered therein, and at one point you will be ordered to "Danse! / Danse the Danse Macabre!". (The "danse macabre" is the dance of the skeletons that feature in much of the art produced in Europe during the time that the Bubonic Plague was busy wiping out one third of that continent's population.) Danse Macabre is not the sort of album that might change your life, but it is sexy, cool, and cartoon scary - and that's a nice diversion. (8/10)
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