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Danse Macabre Remixes - ASC83269

Author: Brian Fogarty
04/23/2003 | | | Album Review
As this Omaha, Nebraska dance-punk outfit stormed across the U.S. in the past few years, establishing themselves as one of the premier live bands, they caught the interest of many in the music world.  Possibly most noticeable they caught the attention of ultramega superstar DJ Paul Oakenfold.  These connections have lead to this remix album.  The Faint themselves did the remix for Blank Wave Arcade, but the Danse Macabre Remixes are done by ten top quality electronic and dance musicians.  Although the original Danse Macabre did not match the sheer amaziness of Blank Wave Arcade, this remix album places the Danse Macabre in a new brilliant light and absolutely crushes the previous remix album.  The album kicks off with The Thin White Duke performing an exceptional seven-minute version of “The Conductor" (though most of the remixes come in and around the seven minute mark.)  This is followed by The Calculators' remix of “Posed to Death."  The best part of this remix is how they introduce the song with very slow “oh, oh…" and bring the speed up to normal time and possible a step quicker.  Also the Calculators add a sweet female voice overlaid on Faint lead singer Todd Baechle's vocals.  Either by design or fate maestro Paul Oakenfold does the remix of “Glass Danse," probably the best song from the original album and probably the best on this remix album.  Consistent with Oakenfold's style, but relying a considerable amount on the original structure, the song swirls with catchy soundscapes.  Though partially a function of the original songs' quality, other top remixes on the record include Tommie Sunshine's “Let the Poison Spill From Your Throat," Jagz Kooner's “Agenda Suicide" and Junior Sanchez's “Violent."  As a special feat of cool, Astralwerks is releasing the album on triple vinyl with a bonus remix by Adam Pyre.  You should feel blessed to own this record.  Moreover, if you are a fan of the Faint there is no doubt that you should have this record.