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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
This record sounds fantastic and made makes me shake my ass, if you don't have it you should be ashamed =)Published 23 months ago by jeff jones
This CD has very diverse sounds on each track. The best songs on this CD are: The Conductor, Agenda Suicide, and Let The Poison Spill from Your Throat. Read morePublished on May 8 2004
I LOVE this album. I friend of mine recommended I check it out so I bought it. However I didn't listen to it for awhile (a year at least). Read morePublished on April 9 2004
Easily one of my favourite albums ever. I remember having heard 'Agenda Suicide' on the radio and falling in love with it, then one day missing my bus and filling in the time... Read morePublished on April 5 2004 by bondage
Sounds like Depeche Mode? Vocals like the Cure? These statements are quite a stretch for this amatuerish album. Read morePublished on March 5 2004
I recently picked this album up while on a new music search. I found it to be excitingly crispy and it kicks out some real crunchy keyboards and drums. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2004 by R. Kester
It's very rare to find a cd where there isn't one bad song. This happens to be one of those cds. It's perfect. It's infectious. Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2004
Faint, I just have to tell you. I don't think we're right for each other. I know that your really popular, and a lot of people like you, but for some reason, I just can't. Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2003
The Faint have done it once again. Danse Macabre drips with sex, violence, keyboards, and some damn good drum machines. Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2003 by mark twain