Conveniently timed for summer festival season, The Dance... seems to have been conceived as a rival to their commercial high watermark, 2004's No Roots. Sadly, while the album goes some way towards recreating the magic of their heyday, the focus on reigniting past glories has left it lacking in fresh, contemporary-sounding hits to add to a hall of fame that includes the likes of 'Insomnia', 'God Is A DJ' and 'One Step Too Far'.
An obvious example? Trailer single 'Not Going Home'. A euphoric trance track steered by Maxi Jazz's trademark deadpan vocals, it just doesn't have that certain "oomph" needed to make it a future live standout. Something like 'Sun To Me' finds finds itself in a similar position - an effortless blend of house and electronica it may be, but the unmistakable sense of déja vu prevents it from really catching fire.
However, this isn't to say that Faithless have completely rested on their laurels with this record. 'Crazy Bal'heads' is the group's best attempt at reggae since 'Fatty Boo', while Rollo's sister/honorary Faithless member Dido is put to good use on a couple of cuts, the gloriously head-spinning 'Feelin' Good' and sublimely melodic 'North Star'. Her presence here continues her winning streak of featuring on all six Faithless albums, each time to great effect.
'Tweak Your Nipple' is another obvious highlight and could easily have been a contender for lead single. A cheeky and uplifting club anthem, it's as close to 'classic' as the album gets, serving as an excellent reminder as to why Faithless are held in the same regard as other top tier dance acts like Daft Punk and The Chemical Brothers. But ultimately, while there's no doubt that The Dance is a well-crafted record that plays to their strengths, it lacks the depth, originality and hint of controversy that first made Faithless appealing almost 15 years ago.