Artist: The Faint

Date Released: September 14, 2004

Label: Saddle Creek

Produced By:


  1. Desperate Guys
  2. How Could I Forget
  3. Disappear
  4. Southern Belles in London Sing
  5. Erection
  6. Paranoiattack
  7. Dropkick the Punks
  8. Phone Call
  9. Symptom Finger
  10. Birth


Wet from Birth is The Faint’s follow up to the much acclaimed and renowned Danse Macabre, which was released in 2001. And while the core synth-driven, new wave sound still remains, this album uses a lot more non-synth instruments, mainly strings, and a bit brighter lyrical context. The lyrics and vocal delivery actually remind me a lot more of Blank Wave Arcade, in that they are more sex and relationship based rather than the darker contexts of Danse. Now that I think about, this album sounds a lot like a more accessible and polished version of Blank Wave Arcade. Gone are a lot of the extreme glitches and overwhelming drum patterns; in their place are string arrangements and recognizable guitar and bass lines. There are even a few songs with live drums and guitar solos. Do not get me wrong though, Omaha, NE’s finest still bring the dance floor and light show, but this time around they sound more like a band than simply a dance machine. Is this a step in the right direction though? That is your own opinion; Wet from Birth will rekindle earlier Faint fans all while gaining an immense amount of new fans. This is a strong release from a quality and inventive band. Mpardaiolo

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