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My Favorite Faint,
This review is from: Danse Macabre (Audio CD)
I can't name a band I'm comfortable putting above The Faint in terms of sheer pleasure derived, but in terms of talent, I'm similarly hard-pressed. I believe that there is nothing like this particular album. As much as you will hear "The Faint are 80's wannabes," I think that is an extremely superficial observation. It is not entirely wrong. It is what I thought at first, and it is actually what turned me on to them. It is simply that one gets over that within the first 3 or 4 listens. The people who dismiss them for their 80's imitating have made no attempt to delve into their music. I find it's very easy to dismiss anything without trying to get a feel for it. As I've listened through Danse Macabre an infinite number of times, I now cannot hear the Duran Duran, Cure, Depeche Mode. I love Depeche Mode in their own rite and do feel that they are the biggest influence on The Faint, but by no means do I dwell on their musical likeness when listening to these guys. They are their own entity with lyrics that rival the best storytellers and a "dancebility" more powerful than anything I've ever heard in a club. Listening to The Faint sing incessantly with fervor and style about death and sex throughout this album brings me to laughter. However, their music is far too intense and all-encompassing of my emotions to allow a chuckle during a song. The transitions are too perfectly conceived to get a chance in between songs. And So, I must wait until I've finished listening entirely through the album, for what is most likely the fourth time on repeat, before I can enjoy their unique sense of humor that suits me so well. Every single song is one to turn up extremely loud and go crazy with. It is satisfying to listen to The Faint with a friend, but for obvious reasons, I feel it is more fun to listen on your own...unless you've got liquour (which I don't advocate...it would just make the side-effects of Faint-listening more comparitively normal). I really think of Danse Macabre as a twisted, beautiful, masterpiece in every way. Godspeed.