Nebraskan new wavers make a canny swerve for fourth LP

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The Faint – Wet From Birth

The Faint arrived in Britain early last year, causing such a commotion with Danse Macabre (their third LP, in fact) that remixes and reissues appeared in quick succession. All struck a stylishly gloomy, new wave pose, but suggested a band too obviously in thrall to Depeche Mode to deserve a future.

Clearly, the five-piece spotted the loosening wheels on that particular bandwagon, and so Wet From Birth shifts their retro synth-pop into lean electro-funk territory.

The Mode-ish “Erection” aside, the post-techno sound suits them surprisingly well?and extends the lease on their career.