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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

in my top 5 of al time

if you made it this far to actually read this review, congrats to you. if you heard something or read an article or someone told you about this album or the faint then this is it. this is just damn good. if you are even the slightest interested you should just buy this. you will like it. and if not, keep checking it out. it will grow on you. im not going to get all fanboy on you or even music review nerd and use big words. its dark rock with heavy electronics. and again like everyone that has ever heard this album, "worked up so sexual" is the pearl of this album. if you dont like the 30 seconds you preview from this then keep moving.

Synthetic Rock

The faint's first adventure into heavy synthesizer use is not only interesting but funky, hip, danceable, etc. From instant rockers like Call Call to In Concert The Faint never stops impressing. Highly recommended to listeners looking for an alternative!

The start of it all.

The Faint is nothing short of spectacular and Blank-Wave Arcade is where it all started (I don't really count their previous release - Media). The sound here is more raw than their later works, but that is not at all a bad thing. The songs here are infectious and jumpy (with the exception of "Sealed Human"). "In Concert" just makes you want to smile..."Worked Up So Sexual" is probably the best on the cd - it just has so much energy. Buy that one song and I promise you'll be hooked. "Call Call" is another great one. Blank-Wave Arcade is somewhat the lighter side of The Faint. If you want to hear the darker, deeper, more mature Faint, Danse Macabre and Wet From Birth both have some great stuff. Check out everything they've got (EXCEPT MEDIA. stay far far away from that one! It sounds nothing like The Faint I know and love). Don't pass up this band!!!


Formed: 1994 in Omaha, NE

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Omaha, Nebraska's the Faint have gone through countless changes in their relatively short career, but with each shift, both in terms of personnel and style, they have made a distinct new impression and turned more and more heads. Originally called Norman Bailer and featuring current members Clark and Todd Baechle (later he changed his name to Todd Fink, after marrying future Saddle Creek recording artist Orenda Fink of Azure Ray), as well as bassist Joel Petersen, the group's early years were a mix...
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