Fasciinatiion - The Faint
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  • Summary: The first album released on their new label Blank.wav was written and produced by the band.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. All told, The Faint, once again, have written a succesful album.
  2. It's complex and distorted, but at times it's not clear why the group's energy is purposely restrained.
  3. Fasciinatiion clicks enough of the time to make it a step forward from "Wet From Birth," and despite its unevenness, at times it can be fasciinatiing.
  4. On Fasciinatiion the band’s essence remains the same and their latest offering maintains the band’s spirit of whimsy, but there is a more serious tone all around.
  5. That Fasciinatiion isn't a revelatory departure is not to say that it is completely without merit. It is, however, undeniably lacking an air of excitement.
  6. 60
    Having waited four years for this new record, Faint fans anticipating a return to the throbbing mechanical heart of darkwave and disco will not be disappointed.
  7. For much of Fasciination, it’s the music that keeps the record afloat, because, even at his very best, singer Tim Fink doesn’t have much to say. [Summer 2008]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Seth
    Aug 6, 2008
    If those reviewers hadn't been looking for a clear cut repeat of an older Faint album they might have seen how complex and beautiful this one is. Expand
  2. JohnB.
    Aug 8, 2008
    Very entertaining and danceable... Definitely a great album worth buying.
  3. Michelle
    Mar 18, 2009
    How could anyone not give THE FAINT a 10!?!? no matter what music they make its a perfect TEN! Seriously anything less would be lie. Listening to the album and seeing them live you would understand. Expand
  4. LanceK
    Sep 20, 2008
    As a long time fan of the Faint, this is actually a brilliant album from a band that was on the verge of being forgotten. See them live, buy their record, support this band. I don't understand how people can criticize Fink for writing about "the future" and "software paranoia". When Radiohead does it, with even less direction or context, everyone raves. Expand
  5. Dan
    Aug 26, 2008
    There are a few songs where the lyrics/singing aren't quite up to par, but this is still a great album. Maybe not as good as "Danse Macabre" or "Wet From Birth", but really close. A few tracks really stand out - like "Machine In The Ghost", which is one of their best. Expand
  6. DoughB.
    Aug 7, 2008
    Sure its not their best album, but after a few listens all the electronic blurbs'll get stuck in your head.
  7. dreeves
    Nov 12, 2008
    Lots of hat, not so very much cattle. Behind the synths and the radiohead trappings, there's just not that much musicality or conceptual interest. Expand