Blank-Wave Arcade

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The Faint's second album Blank-Wave Arcade delivers more choppy new-wave rhythms, spiky guitars, and acidic, old-school synths, with a little punk-rock attitude thrown in for good measure. While the group has been compared to the usual suspects, like Gary Numan, Devo, and the Cure, there is also a strong resemblance to Blur's new wave/punk fusion -- especially in singer Todd Baechle's staccato, faux-Brit delivery -- and the Normal's fascination with sex and cars pops up on the Faint's angular, uptight songs, especially "Sex Is Personal," "Worked Up So Sexual," and "Cars Pass in Cold Blood." "Victim Convenience" and "The Passives" are dystopian and futuristic, while ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The Faint's second album Blank-Wave Arcade delivers more choppy new-wave rhythms, spiky guitars, and acidic, old-school synths, with a little punk-rock attitude thrown in for good measure. While the group has been compared to the usual suspects, like Gary Numan, Devo, and the Cure, there is also a strong resemblance to Blur's new wave/punk fusion -- especially in singer Todd Baechle's staccato, faux-Brit delivery -- and the Normal's fascination with sex and cars pops up on the Faint's angular, uptight songs, especially "Sex Is Personal," "Worked Up So Sexual," and "Cars Pass in Cold Blood." "Victim Convenience" and "The Passives" are dystopian and futuristic, while "Sealed Human" presents a quieter, more interesting version of the band's sound, mixing a drumbeat that sounds like the purr of a touch-tone phone with modem-like synths and processed vocals. Though originality isn't their strong suit, the Faint do display an aggressive, dynamic reinterpretation of their influences, suggesting that their synthetic new wave can be just as entertaining as the real deal.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/2000
  • Label: Saddle Creek
  • UPC: 648401002829
  • Catalog Number: 28
  • Sales rank: 159,870

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sex Is Personal (3:37)
  2. 2 Call Call (2:26)
  3. 3 Worked up So Sexual (2:40)
  4. 4 Cars Pass in Cold Blood (2:40)
  5. 5 Casual Sex (3:15)
  6. 6 Victim Convenience (2:55)
  7. 7 Sealed Human (3:06)
  8. 8 In Concert (2:19)
  9. 9 The Passives (2:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Faint Primary Artist
Clark Baechle Drums
Todd Fink Vocals
Joel Petersen Bass, Guitar
Jacob Thiele Synthesizer, Vocals
Joel Peterson Bass, Guitar
Technical Credits
A.J. Mogis Engineer
Jamie Williams Cover Photo
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Glitch.

    After touring in support of their first album, "Media," The Faint collectively decided that they were sick of playing shows to stiff limbed indie kids. They ditched their guitars and, despite having no real clue what they were doing, dove head long into a pool of synthesized retro muck. They used the playfully innocent intent of simply wanting kids to dance, combined with their inexperience, to craft a truly genuine album. While it may lack the polish and technique that the subsequent two albums possess, it does overflow with attitude- something the band was hiding during their "Media" days. The majority of tracks walk a fine line between bass driven garage production punk and new wave synthesizer driven pop. The experimentations with texture and ridiculous keyboard patches result in dense electro-dance-punk numbers that don't fully resemble anything before them. It may be a simple task to assemble the influences that landed The Faint on the doorstep of this album, but that takes nothing away from their masterful grafting of them into a singular style. If you own other Faint albums, or just enjoy glitchy dance punk type stuff, this album deserves a spot in your collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best albums you'll find anywhere.

    The Faint are an awesome band, so awesome in fact, that Worked Up So Sexual was stuck in my head for more than a week. Gotta love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing...

    This Faint cd is so good, the songs are amazing and really catchy...they gotsta keep on rockin!

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    Posted November 2, 2008

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