The Faint
Danse Macabre


5.0
classic

Review

by Tapeworm USER (12 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


The Faint - Danse Macabre

Band
Todd Baechle - Vocals, Keyboard
Joel Peterson - Bass
Clark Baechle - Drums
Jacob Thiele - Synthesizer
Mike Dappen (Dapose) - Guitar

The Faint formed in 1994, originally under the name Norman Bailer, and performing light rock. Up until 1998 The Faint released a couple of songs which went rather unnoticed, and then their debut album 'Media'. The tracks on 'Media differed greatly as the band was struggling to find the right sound. The band were looking for a more live-driven sound, and enlisted full time synth player Jacob Thiele, who highly influenced the direction of their second release: 'Blan Wave Arcade' (1999). This was an ultimately electronic and synth driven record.

After touring endlessly for BLA, The Faint returned in 2001 with the 2nd part to the 'trilogy' (Blank Wave Arcade was about sex, Danse Macabre is about death, and the upcoming album 'Wet From Birth' focuses mainly on, well, birth). It seemed the guys were working backwards at this point, as this album is heavier and slightly more guitar driven, with hints of string sections.

Anyway, on to the review...

The first time I heard the first track on the album (and the first single), "Agenda Suicide", I was blown away. Endless amounts of comparisons to endless amounts of 80's dark synth pop bands have been made, and are well worthy, but I find it to be something of a step forward.

The album starts out hitting you hard with Agenda Suicide, and grabs you with probably the best indicator of what's going to be floating around it later on. The flow of the album is fantastic, as it is constantly striking you, but still keeps ups and downs, by way, for example, of a stripped back drum part (Let the Poison Spill From Your Throat), or a pumped up techno-ish crazy electronic beat (Glass Danse).

The best track on the album for me is "Posed to Death", as it keeps the middle part of the album level, and serves to bring you down for the more epic size of the last 3 tracks. The intro to this song is brilliant. The last 2 tracks are absolutely standout songs, and serve as a sort of bring down, with slow synth parts and cello introductions.

The lyrics on the album focus mainly and almost completely on death, and some would argue; drugs. The dark nature of the music backing these lyrics fits it so well. My favourite lyrics come in Agenda Suicide, being about having a pre designed life and pointless purpose. Lines like "The drones work hard before they die, and give up on pretty little homes", and "like a father's dream, have a cut out son, what's the worst disease?" catch me every time.

To put it simply, The Faint are a band who know when to be dead serious, and when to screw around. On 'Blank Wave Arcade', the songs had a more dancy vibe, and the lyrics were much less head on (as the album was mainly about sex, and casual relationships), but on Danse Macabre, Todd Baechle has strengthened up and poured out everything lyrically.

The worst thing about this album is that, to some people, it can get too much to listen to some of the tracks too much. I would go as far as to call this a mood record, to listen to when you're upbeat, but it can be quite good to listen to all the time,as I have found.

I love this album. 4.8/5
I would recommend this album to anyone who wants something with a bit of bite. Great to listen to in so many situations. Buy it.



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Luxor
July 21st 2004


166 Comments


Great review, and I agree, I find this album to be a lot darker than 'Blank Wave Arcade'. This is a great album, The Faint's best I'd say. Good songs to check out:

Agenda Suicide
Posed To Death
Glass Danse
The Conductor

Tapeworm
July 21st 2004


118 Comments


My favourite Faint album is Wet From Birth.

Dannyboy15
July 21st 2004


2 Comments


Excellent review, I might have to pick the album up. I love industrial

OT: what happened to the forum asking for a password everywhere you go???

Bartender
Emeritus
July 21st 2004


826 Comments


The forums have been locked down for a while; don't worry about it, tis purely temporary.

Ian Curtis Is Dead
April 24th 2005


11 Comments


If you log in through www.musicianforums.com/sputnik/ as opposed to the main site, there are no login problems.

Great review. I heart this album.

It seems like a lot of bands are being placed in the wrong genre, when I put up my Ryan Adams review yesterday, I didn't even get to select the genre, and it is in Rock now (as opposed to Alt Country where it belongs). And I can't change it. So I don't think it's the reviewer's fault.

Anyways, great album.

morrissey
Moderator
September 22nd 2005


1688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I didn't realise I had already commented on this album but I've been listening to it again lately and it's great.

Would you recommend getting Blank Wave Arcade ,Tapeworm (or any one else)?

Scott Herren
October 19th 2005


192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no, stick with this one

morrissey
Moderator
October 19th 2005


1688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Why do all of Tapeworm's reviews seem to be messed?

Killtacular
October 19th 2005


1314 Comments


Because they're old, from the old reviews forum.

Med57
Moderator
October 19th 2005


1001 Comments


Only two of them are now, and that'll be down to one when the merge album feature gets fixed. They're messed up because I had to edit a lot of reviews carried over from the forums after sputnik became active and I haven't finished yet...I'm not editing any at the moment until stuff gets fixed up, as I'm not discounting the fact that I'll have to go through and edit things again.

Ryou-Neko
November 25th 2005


48 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love this album; it's brilliant. Saddle Creek has the best artists...

masada
November 25th 2005


2733 Comments


Wet From Birth is great also. Once I get that, I'm going to write it up.

Metalikane
November 14th 2007


851 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I pretty much love all of their stuff, but this one is my favorite. I love the darker feel. The Conductor is my absolute favorite song of theirs'.

dylantheairplane
November 30th 2013


2170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Woah throwback. forgot how good this was.

EaglesBecomeVultures
November 30th 2013


5255 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rly good

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