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Danse Macabre

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 21 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Saddle Creek
  • ASIN: B00005NF1H
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #199,851 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Agenda suicide
2. Glass Danse World
3. Total Job
4. Let The Posion Spill From Your Throat
5. Your Retro Career Melted
6. Posed To Death
7. The Conductor
8. Violent
9. Ballad Of A Paralysed Citizen

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The old saying goes that if you pretend to be something long enough, you'll eventually become it. If this is true, then the men of the Faint must have spent a lot of time between their rocking debut album, Media, and their third full-length, Danse Macabre, practicing their Duran Duran, Cure and Depeche Mode impressions. In the process, they have become all that is, was and probably ever shall be good about new wave music, combining arty electronics with smart social commentary to create an album that is sublime in its ability to recall more goth-rock times while still coming across as entirely original. Songs such as "Posed to Death" and "The Conductor" take on sounds of the band's contemporaries--in these cases, Marilyn Manson and Daft Punk, respectively--but their doing so seems rooted in clever reclamation of new wave sounds appropriated by current artists. In making angular, passionate and hypnotic music, the Faint are not out to give a history lesson but rather to move a languorous generation of indie kids. And whether mentally or physically or both, Danse Macabre will do just that. --Sarah A Sternau

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Format: Audio CD
After the justly popular "Blank Wave Arcade," the techno-dance guru's THE FAINT have taken a giant step into the future of electronic pop with the dark, trippy, infectious DANSE MACABRE. Faint fans out there have been chomping at the bit to get their hands on their latest release and they won't be disappointed! "Agenda Suicide" is a deadly dance classic about the hopelessness of working 9 to 5 at a job you hate. "Violent" and "Ballad of a Paralysed Citizen" are some of the most sonically and rhythmically challenging music the band have ever recorded. I can't say enough about this album, buy it, dance to it...NOW!
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I recently purchased this disc, along with electro duo Fischerspooner's "#1" and I must say, The Faint beat Fischerspooner by a mile with this album.
Combining snotty, punkish vocals with electronic, synthesized noises, The Faint approaches this genre from a much more unique angle than other artists. Forget about that monotonous female voice set to a template electro beat. Following in the footsteps of Depeche Mode, The Faint is a welcome change from some of the more indistinguishable electronic groups.
There isn't a single rotten apple in this bunch -- each track is perfect. "Agenda Suicide," "Glass Danse World" & "Let The Poison Spill From Your Throat" are always blasting from my stereo, and "Posed To Death" is one of the first tracks I play for friends. The mood turns more somber by track 7, but the energy is never compromised. "Violent" is a great track that takes an interesting turn mid-song. However, the slow, mournful "Ballad Of A Paralysed Citizen," is my favorite tune out of the whole batch.
Though it may be surprising to hear such a blatantly synthesized electro album coming from indie rock label Saddle Creek, believe it. "Danse Macabre," a vast improvement from their earlier modern rock album "Media," throws The Faint into a whole new ball game. Perhaps the album could have been extended past nine tracks, but then who needs filler? This is an album for those who appreciate quality over quantity.
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I've been listening to The Faint, in a way, since Danse Macabre was released. But not until recently did I really get fully into them. After purchasing the full album and seeing them live recently, I've come to realize the true power of this unique group. They have a very 80's New Wave appeal, mixed with more modern sounds and technology, which really puts them in an undefinable genre.
The CD starts off with one of the best tracks on the album, "Agenda Suicide", which kicks you into the upbeat and fast paced mood of the CD. The vocals are clear and spaced out in a great manner. Following this track is another one of the greats, "Glass Danse", this is an even funkier sounding track with a chorus that just blows up. This was probably the best live song, the crowd goes crazy. A shorter track, "Total Job" is next and is a lil' more soft than the others. But the fourth track, "Let The Poison Spill From Your Throat" is crazy! The beginning sounds to it are wacky and enjoyable. The vocals on this track are really well done too, sounds very cool.
The second half of the CD is pretty much just as upbeat and hyper. "Your Retro Career Melted" is a medium paced electronic song with some really interesting lyrics. I think the next one, Posed To Death, is a bit better though. The chorus is a series of "Oh!" 's by the group and it sounds pretty unique. Definitely in 80's fashion. "The Conductor" is next, and it is one of the longest songs on the CD. It's got a real building-up feeling to it - it starts going slowly, builds up steam, and hits you with a climax. Sort of like a train I guess... makes sense anyway. Nearing the end, "Violent" is a very vocal song about every place being the same in terms of violence and problems. You can't escape such a lifestyle. Very good song.
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There was something cool about all the new wave stuff I saw on VH1. None of that stuff blew me away, but I thought it was a cool sound. Now electroclash is the next big thing, and I'm glad. Electroclash's hipness is not the main reason that I like it, but I do like that it is hip. The reason I like it is because I really want to hear music that uses unnatural synthesizers and drum machines. Plus, the artists that are making this style of music have been able to witness an additional twenty years of music. As a result, these artists have a better idea of what makes music sound better.
Think about that. The original new wave and electro from the eighties came after the seventies. Their music must have been evolved from disco, which, as a matter of fact, is terrible music. The electro and new wave music evolved into the more accessible forms of dance music that are around today. Now, we know the techniques of making electronic music that is better and more accessible. All that has to be done is replace the instruments we have now with the instruments from yesterday.
The Faint do this very well. The result is what I wish the eighties had actually sounded like. The sound is very easy to get into, and has a sort of pop sound that helps it get stuck in your head.
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