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CD Reviews:  The Faint: Danse Macabre

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It's hard to believe that The Faint hails from Omaha, Nebraska. It's equally hard to believe that they're currently on tour with No Doubt, as unlikely a pairing as Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley. One thing for sure, though, is that Danse Macabre is a catchy and refreshing album, both fun and moody.

The Faint started out as a low-fi pop band playing various coffee houses in the Great Plains, but with their current state of evolution, you would think you were listening to a New Wave, Goth-synth, Brit band circa 1985. They are a big part of the burgeoning revival of this music. In just a quick 15 or so years, and after the inundation of just so many empty Boy Pop bands and angry rappers, this music sounds as fresh as it ever was. The album features songs of murder, suicide and betrayal, but don't let that get you down -- the driving beats of Clark Baechle on drums, the Sergio Leone-like western twang of Jack Petersen on bass, and the plaintive vocals of lead singer and synthesizer man Todd Baechle gets you moving in less gloomy ways. "Let the Poison Spill From Your Throat," "Posed to Death" and "The Conductor" all happily join darkness and dance, and all should be hits with any airplay.

This corn-bred band from the heartland is making an unlikely but strong case to be the rightful heirs to New Order, The Cure and Depeche Mode -- if you like this type of music you'll love this band and this album.

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