In the beginning there were Seamen.
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The Faint have a new album. It's entitled Wet from Birth, and is decidedly predictable in it's subject matter, completing the trilogy of Sex and Death and Birth laid out in their previous two albums. The new album has a healthy dose of the Faint refining and perfecting the sound thats carried them this far, and is quite excellent, but it also features a few tracks that break new sonic ground for the band,
The Faint - Desperate Guys - It's got the classic deeply warped bass synths and shuffling drum loops that make the Faint the Faint. But, where Danse Macabre introduced guitars as a punctuating melodic element, here the Faint bring in violins. It gives the song a sense of drama, and of tension that fits for the opening of an album which is, essentially, about creation from nothingness. The instrumental drumbreak at the end is, in particular, classic Faint.
The Faint - Drop Kick the Punks - But like I said, this album is probably the most diverse the Faint have ever recorded, as is evident in this number. Guitar driven, with very little synth, and what sounds like live drums, the song is built around a spiky, stutterring guitar riff and a pissed off gang vocal. It seems as if the Faint have been working backwards, from the completely electronic sound of Blank Wave to the industrialesque darkwave of Danse Macabre, to this, more punk infused number that recalls a hybrid of Talking Heads, and Nine Inch Nails.
The Faint - Southern Belles in London Sing - I had been of the opinion that Drop Kick the Punks was the best track on the album on my first few listens this morning. Then I paid more attention to this song and realized that, more than any other track on the album, it is utterly and completely different from anything the Faint have ever done. Driven primarily by a string section, and with a real sense of melody that in general is not the Faints strong point, the song manages to build to a (relatively speaking - this is the Faint here) balladesque level of emotion. And when the girls from Azure Ray kick in on the backing vocals - just lovely. Never thought I'd say that about a Faint song.
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and Pssst... do yerselves a favor, and track down Paranoiattack. I decided to stay away from the politicks, but it's probably the best "classic Faint" song on the album.