The big difference this time around is in the production. Wet From Birth has epic sheen, and the throbbing strings that open the record and appear in arrangements throughout add a new layer to the Faint's familiar industrial-tinged dance punk. Producer Mike Mogis, the Zelig of Faint label Saddle Creek, also adds some skittering electronic beats into the mix, while lead singer Todd Baechle has committed himself to writing more traditionally melodic songs. (His lyrics, however, continue to be nonsense.) Mostly, though, Wet From Birth is the best reminder this year that a cracking beat and a stabbing bass line are pretty much irresistible, even if you've heard it all before.
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