Fasciinatiion

User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13

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  1. DoughB.
    Aug 7, 2008
    8
    Sure its not their best album, but after a few listens all the electronic blurbs'll get stuck in your head.
  2. Seth
    Aug 6, 2008
    10
    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.
  3. JohnB.
    Aug 8, 2008
    10
    Very entertaining and danceable... Definitely a great album worth buying.
  4. LanceK
    Sep 20, 2008
    9
    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.
  5. Michelle
    Mar 18, 2009
    10
    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.
  6. Dan
    Aug 26, 2008
    8
    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.
  7. dreeves
    Nov 12, 2008
    4
    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.
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Filter
    64
    Don't assume every song on Fasciinatiion is schizophrenic, navel-gazing "why-are-we-here-and-what-does-it-mean" tome. [Summer 2008, p.91]
  2. Alternative Press
    50
    Without the extra bells and whisteles--which alwways saved the weakest Faint songs in the past--most of Faciinatiion is largely dispoable. [Sep 2008, p.160]
  3. Under The Radar
    30
    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]