Tuesday, April 3, 2007

The Faint - Blank Wave Arcade

Grade: 82.2%
Official Score: 84.9%

What The Others Think

Pitchfork Score: 8.1
Tiny Mix Tapes Score: N/A
Coke Machine Glow Score: N/A


Now I have your attention, don't I? I know, its a crude way to get it, and, well, too easy, but it works, right. The Faint know this too, and put their knowledge of the adage "sex sells" to good use right away with the opening track "Sex Is Personal", and later again on "Worked Up So Sexual", (the best song about strippers ever put to tape) and "Casual Sex", where he uses a dolphin and a soldier to help explore whether casual sex (the act, not the song) is irrational or not. Why a dolphin and a soldier, you ask? I'm not sure, they're probably metaphors or some shit, but to be honest I was too busy dancing to even notice what the fuck he was even saying. Which, at the end of the day, is what this album tries to accomplish. The dancing, I mean. Because, you see, unlike their Saddle Creek peers, the Faint's only agenda is to make you get down, at least it was in 1999 when this album came out. Later records featured songs with actual meanings, and even a few political statements, but on this album, its all about the dancing, the sweat, the sex. Don't listen to this at home with breakables nearby, and be sure to play it loud so the neighbors can hear.

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