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Danse Macabre Remixes - ASC83269

Author: Matt DiStefano
06/18/2003 | | | Album Review
Saddle-Creek Records, one of the most diverse independent labels around, has teamed up with Astralwerks to bring you remixes of The Faint's critically-acclaimed album, Danse Macabre, by the likes of The Thin White Duke, The Calculators, Photek, Paul Oakenfold and more. Remix albums dedicated to smaller independent bands like The Faint (though they are gaining quite a following,) don't usually exist, and there is probably a good reason for that as the Danse Macabre Remixes leaves a lot to be desired.

In the summer of 2001, The Faint moved their unique new-wave influenced, synth-driven sound in a slightly darker direction, producing Danse Macabre. Coming from a group of Omaha, NE natives, it had a fresh, very European sound that expanded upon 1999's Blank-Wave Arcade. While Danse Macabre was a solid album, I don't believe it deserved the amount of attention that goes into making a remix album, but alas, it is pumping from my stereo. These remixes are uninteresting, seem uninspired, and, for the most part, take more out of the songs than they add. Some creative techniques and changes in speed are used but fail to keep a listener interested, when they could just as easily pop in the original release of the album. Also, the remixes aren't any more danceable than the original and most likely won't find their way into the dance club speakers.

Overall, this release is kind of like a bake sale. It's a good idea but it doesn't really accomplish anything. Aside from the incredibly creative intro to “Posed to the Death" and the female back-up vocals used on the same track, the rest of this album isn't worth checking out unless you are a HUGE fan of The Faint or of any of the remixers who worked on the album. It's a shame that such a talented band was given such a mediocre tribute.

1.5 out of 5.