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Blank-Wave Arcade

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Sex Is Personal
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Call Call
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Worked Up So Sexual
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Cars Pass in Cold Blood
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Casual Sex
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Victim Convenience
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Sealed Human
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In Concert
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The Passives
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Total Tracks: 9   Total Length: 25:39

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07.11.11
Stark, minimalist synth-pop
1999 | Label: Saddle Creek

Out of Saddle Creek’s “Big Three,” The Faint are simultaneously the least “American-sounding” and the most American. Allow me to explain: Yes, Todd Fink’s vocals are a faux-Brit staccato and The Faint are all no-fi synths, goth haircuts and new-wave guitars. But even before taking the quality of their stark, minimalist synth-pop into account, the band’s success is largely predicated on the unyielding supply of sullen Midwestern kids unsatisfied with their stifling hometown culture and… read more »

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Lovin' this!

EMUSIC-migirl

Reminds me of some of the stuff I heard in underground clubs in the 80's...especially "Worked Up So Sexual". I love the 80's punk throwback sound with a modern twist, something that I can dance to alone in my living room like Molly Ringwald in the library of "Breakfast Club."

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The Faint at their finest

Baba-Looey

While they seemed to gain widespread acclaim for the highly dancable "Danse Macabre", Blank-Wave, to me, is a much more solid listen. Raw sexually-vivid lyrics in a New Wave style that is still oddly fresh. Interested?

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The Faint’s second album Blank-Wave Arcade delivers more choppy new-wave rhythms, spiky guitars, and acidic, old-school synths, with a little punk-rock attitude thrown in for good measure. While the group has been compared to the usual suspects, like Gary Numan, Devo, and the Cure, there is also a strong resemblance to Blur’s new wave/punk fusion — especially in singer Todd Baechle’s staccato, faux-Brit delivery — and the Normal’s fascination with sex and cars pops up on the Faint’s angular, uptight songs, especially “Sex Is Personal,” “Worked Up So Sexual,” and “Cars Pass in Cold Blood.” “Victim Convenience” and “The Passives” are dystopian and futuristic, while “Sealed Human” presents a quieter, more interesting version of the band’s sound, mixing a drumbeat that sounds like the purr of a touch-tone phone with modem-like synths and processed vocals. Though originality isn’t their strong suit, the Faint do display an aggressive, dynamic reinterpretation of their influences, suggesting that their synthetic new wave can be just as entertaining as the real deal. – Heather Phares

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