The Dance (Faithless album)

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The Dance
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Studio album by Faithless
Released 16 May 2010
Genre Trip hop, trance
Length 65:49
Label Nates Tunes
PIAS Recordings/Ultra Records
Faithless chronology
To All New Arrivals
(2006)
The Dance
(2010)
Faithless 2.0
(2015)

The Dance is the sixth and final studio album by dance music act Faithless on their own record label, Nates Tunes, and first for PIAS Recordings. Dido is featured on the songs "North Star" and "Feelin' Good". Actress and singer Mía Maestro performs the vocals on "Love Is My Condition".

The band's common theme for the album was a 'back to their roots' approach, with vocalist Maxi Jazz elaborating that the album was a return to the old, with an eye on the future; "This is probably the danciest album we’ve ever created; it's like a return to what we did before but more so."[1] Sister Bliss added that the club culture was something the band members, especially her, were stuck with; "Late-night DJing will be the death of me but I’m good at it, goddammit. I’ve always found house music deeply absorbing; it forces you to be in the moment and it's locked into my DNA. I get riled when dance music gets undervalued as mindless nonsense because there's a galvanising force in people getting together to do something positive. There's nothing more joyous than people dancing and losing themselves to music."[1]

"What’s exciting is putting The Dance into context as our sixth album," adds Bliss. "After getting together to do one single, we never thought we’d reach this point. It's mad, innit? But it's also very rare that you find a unique voice and when Rollo and me first encountered Maxi, we didn't want the conversation to end. Our first record, Salva Mea, was very odd for 1990s dance music. The original is like a symphony that goes into hip hop then banging house – it's all over the bloody shop."[1] The album was commercially successful and has sold over 600,000 units worldwide.[2]

Track listing[edit]

iTunes Version
No. Title Length
1. "Not Going Home"   6:40
2. "Feel Me" (featuring Blancmange) 7:28
3. "Crazy Bal'heads" (featuring Jonny "Itch" Fox of The King Blues) 3:27
4. "Comin Around" (featuring Dougy Mandagi) 7:26
5. "Tweak Your Nipple"   7:10
6. "Flyin Hi"   7:13
7. "Love is My Condition" (featuring Mía Maestro) 5:22
8. "Feelin Good" (featuring Dido) 7:08
9. "North Star" (featuring Dido) 6:04
10. "Sun to Me"   7:51

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak Certification Sales/
shipments[3]
German Albums Chart 10[4] - -
Polish Albums Chart 20[5] - -
Belgian Albums Chart 1[6] - -

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Sputnikmusic 2/5 stars[7]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[8]
musicOMH 3/5 stars[9]
Digital Spy 3/5 stars[10]

Critical reception has been mixed. Mike Diver of the BBC was generally critical of the release, but tended to question the band's commercial success rather than the music; "(Faithless have) released records to ever-quieter choruses of appreciation since their debut, 1996's Reverence. If they put out another collection of house-hued electro-pop but nobody's around to hear it, have they released anything at all?"[11] However, Diver did note that "Crazy Bal’Heads dubs itself into a delightful spin, and Flyin Hi's gentle washes of sound are chill-out perfection. Dido’s turn on Feelin Good is also a highlight, the vocalist sounding better than ever," but lamented a generally mediocre album; "too many token gestures ensure any lasting impression is extremely brief. Should they plan another long-player, Faithless would do well to return to their own source in search of the spark that first fired their career into life."[11] Chris Flynn from The Vine.com.au was very critical of the album, saying that "The Dance is a complete anachronism. It's as if nothing has happened in music over the last 15 years, or at least nothing to which Faithless have paid any attention. The Dance feels like Reverence: The B-Sides."[12]

However, other critics have provided praise for the album; Mike Antonich from Now Its On welcomed the release as a return to the Faithless of old, saying that "...filled with six to seven-minute songs, The Dance is a return to the clubs and, as good as Not Going Home is, there are tracks to come that will top it....Tweak Your Nipple is a massive, storming dance masterpiece...The Dance is a huge rebound release for Faithless and a resounding response to those who have questioned if their time on the electronic and dance music scene has passed them by. It combines the eclecticism the band is known for, relaxed moments intertwined with mammoth dance tracks and the positive messages of Maxi Jazz."[13] Entertainment-Focus.com also gave the album critical acclaim, stating that "Faithless are in top form here. Though the majority of the record is not quite as tight and epic as some of their earlier work they are still at the top of their game."[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Faithless: Their Dance is far from over". Metro.co.uk. 16 May 2010. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  2. ^ http://faithless.co.uk/20/
  3. ^ Certification award levels IFPI. Retrieved August 2009.
  4. ^ ":: MTV | Album Top 50 KW 37 | charts". Mtv.de. 15 September 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLIS – Official Retail Sales Chart". OLIS. 30 May 2010. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Official charts :: Ultratop – Official Retail Sales Chart". OLIS. 30 May 2010. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Faithless – The Dance (staff review)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  8. ^ Caroline Sullivan (20 May 2010). "Faithless: The Dance | CD review | Music". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "Faithless – The Dance | album reviews". musicOMH. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  10. ^ 27 May 2010, 11:42 BST (27 May 2010). "Faithless: 'The Dance... Never Ends' – Music Album Review". Digital Spy. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "Music – Review of Faithless – The Dance". BBC. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  12. ^ ChrisFlynn. "Faithless 'The Dance' – Album Reviews". Thevine.com.au. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  13. ^ Mike Antonich (17 May 2010). "Album Review: Faithless "The Dance" – Now It's On". Mikea7.typepad.com. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  14. ^ "Faithless – The Dance". Entertainment Focus. 17 May 2010. Retrieved 19 September 2011.