The Faint: Egowerk (Saddle Creek) Review | Under the Radar - Music Magazine
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The Faint


Saddle Creek

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If The Faint have always struck you as the cool kids from the block you'd love to hang out with yet always found too nervous to approach, Egowerk reaffirms this notion and some. 

Having embarked on a number of line-up changes throughout their near 25-year existence, the core trio of founder members Todd Fink and Clark Baechle plus fellow long term staple Michael Dappen know exactly what makes The Faint tick. So while Egowerk isn't a formulaic record as such, it still manages to stick to the principles and concept that's made The Faint such an influential band over the past two decades.

Far more politically charged than the band that were "Worked Up So Sexual" during what many still consider to be their Blank-Wave Arcade heyday, their eighth long player and first since 2014's Doom Abuse finds them challenging everyone and everything they see around them. Take "Life's a Joke" for example, a song that could easily be a reflection of their own hedonistic past while serving as a latent warning to the youth of today. Meanwhile on "Alien Angel" Fink delivers a diatribe on the excesses of power and corruption running through society. It's all set to an industrial soundtrack that owes as much to bands like Front 242 and Nitzer Ebb as it does the more revered likes of Trent Reznor and Gary Numan. There's very little room for manoeuvre at times, which can make Egowerk a challenging if frustrating listen.

Nevertheless, it's clear to see why The Faint are still high regarded today, and on the adrenaline fuelled "Chameleon Nights" and pulsating "Young & Realistic" they're immediately transformed back to the halcyon days of the early noughties when their name was regularly mentioned alongside fellow big hitters of the day Interpol, The Rapture, and The Strokes as the sound of a bright, new, young America. (

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