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Danse Macabre

Author: Rocio Villalobos
08/23/2002 | | | Album Review
Danse Macabre is undeniably one of the best albums I've listened to in a while. If you're looking for an average band, don't look to them because there's nothing average about The Faint. These Omaha, Nebraska natives blend a mixture of synth-pop and rock to create their own unique and wonderful sound, reminiscent of the 80's music scene.

On first listen to their previous album, Blank-Wave Arcade, one might have thought that this band focuses only on sex-related issues because of song names such as "Worked Up So Sexual," "Sex is Personal," and "Casual Sex." However, this is not the case. The Faint is all about the social and ethical problems our society as a whole is forced to deal with at some point or another in our lives.

Take for example the first track on Danse Macabre, "Agenda Suicide." It deals with a topic the majority of young adults struggle with: dedicating your entire life to having a good job so that you can make money, or dedicating your life to doing something that you truly enjoy and makes you happy. Evidence of this can be found in their lyrics: "As I lay to die the things I think/I don't want to regret what I did - and work for life/All we want are just pretty little homes."

Their other song "Violent" also deals with a serious issue in our world today about, you guessed it, violence. Unfortunately we live in a day and age where violence is common, no matter where you live: "I moved uptown a bit/Not much changed/Conflict is never gone."

If you're the type of person that doesn't care much for lyrics, get this album simply for the music. If these songs don't have you dancing and singing along to them, there must be something wrong with you. Songs to definitely check out are "Glass Danse," "Ballad of A Paralysed Citizen," and "Your Retro Career Melted." Check out their website,, or their label's website, for any more information on this amazing band.

also a show review on the site:
Those of you who have been fans of No Doubt for 7 years or more can understand the excitement I felt knowing that tonight I was finally going to be able to see them. On top of seeing a great headlining band, I was also going to see an incredible opening band: Omaha, Nebraska's The Faint.

For those unfamiliar with The Faint, their sound is similar to that of 80's new-wave rock. Now, I was expecting for The Faint to be great, but they still managed to fucking blow me away. Even those who weren't familiar with their music immediately got into them and started dancing as soon as they began to play. I think a lot of this had to do with the onstage antics of the band itself, which was dancing along and pumping up the crowd as they were singing. I think their synth player, Jacob Thiele, was the crowd's favorite, however. As one fan put it, his dancing could only be described as "crazysexymod": definitely the kind of thing you'd have to see in order to understand.
Among the songs they played tonight were "Agenda Suicide," "Glass Dance," "Worked Up So Sexual," and "Cars Pass in Cold Blood," which all just happen to be some of my favorite songs off of their last 2 albums, Blank Wave Arcade and Danse Macabre. I was kind of disappointed that they didn't play "Ballad of A Paralyzed Citizen," possibly because it was too slow compared to the upbeat tempo of their other songs. All in all, The Faint is definitely the kind of band you need to see live, otherwise you'll miss out. Think they sound good on their albums? They sound even better live.

While The Faint was performing, things were considerably calm; there was just a lot of dancing going on all around me. This all changed once No Doubt took the stage. Everyone went nuts and began jumping up and down in unison as Gwen sang the words to "Hella Good." Talk about getting squished in a matter of seconds! It got a bit overwhelming at times, but it was so much fun. What I really liked about their show was the fact that they played a lot of old songs from Tragic Kingdom. To be honest I thought Gwen wasn't going to be jumping and moving around as much as she did, due to the fact that she's been dressing a lot more "glam" lately. Fortunately I was wrong. Although their music has progressively changed throughout the years, the energy and intensity with which they deliver their performance has not.

From what I can remember, No Doubt played a good mix of old and new songs. Among those they played were "Spiderwebs," "Excuse Me, Mr.," "Happy Now?" "Don't Speak," "Just A Girl," "Sunday Morning," "Different People," "Ex-Girlfriend," "Simple Kind of Life," "New," "Bathwater," "Rock Steady," "Hella Good," and "Hey Baby." Austin was one of the last 4 dates on their tour, so the tour should be completely wrapped up by now. For those of you who didn't get to make it out to one of their shows, all I can say is better luck getting tickets next time. If The Faint or No Doubt are ever in your area, do yourself a favor and get tickets as soon as they go on sale!

Danse Macabre

Danse Macabre

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