Wet From Birth - The Faint
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  • Summary: Mike Mogis produced this fourth album for the dance-inducing Nebraska indie rockers. Azure Ray's Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor add vocals on several tracks.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. A near perfect record that will have The Rapture,!!!, and every other dance punk band looking over their collective shoulders.
  2. 84
    Where it seemed the individual songs on Danse Macabre filled out and stretched the seams of its pop confines, Wet From Birth proposes a more intricate and ambitious space. [#12, p.93]
  3. 80
    Grabs you from the opening seconds with a best-of-all-worlds combination of gritty, menacing music and witty, hilarious lyrics. [Nov 2004, p.99]
  4. The Faint is never less than snappy.
  5. They still sound best when playing fast and loud and are only hampered by the album's terrible title and some bizarre lyrics. [Oct 2004, p.123]
  6. Wet From Birth is generally strongest when the beats-per-minute run high... but a few of the slower tracks showcase The Faint's growing way with melody.
  7. It's a clever, chic and defiantly underground record, alright, but it's guilty of trying too hard when clearly it doesn't need to.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
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  1. PeteB
    Jan 30, 2007
    This is a master piece. Cult classic. The Burgiosie of all albums. A MUST record to listen to. If you only ever listen to one ablum ever, this is the one! Expand
  2. mikem
    Nov 17, 2004
    A Masterpiece. Socio-politcal commentary matched with orginal punk-tronica dance core licks...it just cant be beat
  3. JustdarinJD
    Oct 5, 2006
    Amazing! You
  4. maryc
    Sep 30, 2004
    as i listen to more and more, i do like the new album. for me, i like their old stuff a lot more, and this new album is a little grotesque, yet still satisfying. Expand
  5. ChrisD
    Mar 23, 2007
    I hope Pete B is aware that even if 'the bourgeoisie of all albums' was spelt right AND actually meant something, it would probably be a bad thing, e.g. middle of the road or something. Which this album is not, luckily. I'd say not totally consistent, but mostly a great listen. Paranoiattack is particularly incredible. Kudos! Expand
  6. BenD
    Sep 23, 2005
    While I do like the album, I can't help being nervous about the direction that The Faint is heading. Instead of keyborards being the main attraction, the band relies mostly on guitar, strings, and bass to drive most of the songs with the only memorable keyboard part occuring on "Parinoiattack". I can only hope the the band will go back and listen to Blank-Wave Arcade and Danse Macabre and realize how awsome these albums were. Expand
  7. ethand
    Dec 11, 2004
    The Faint is succumbing to the popularity of the saddle creek label in compromising their original sound on this disc... it is a good disc, but i fear that their next release will be a disaster if they continue to change their sound. Expand