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Liberation

3.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Feb. 17 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Thrill Jockey
  • ASIN: B00013VI52
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #316,810 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Outmoder
2. Uninvited Guest
3. Idea Machine
4. White Rhino
5. June
6. Music for Dogs
7. Divine Invasion, Pt. 2
8. Washington D.C.
9. Total Information Awareness
10. Pretty Close to the Edge
11. Is Trans Am Really Your Friend?
12. Remote Control
13. Spike in the Chatter
14. Divine Invasion

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Format: Audio CD
Trans Am have spent quite some time making deeply experimental electronic albums albeit for very experienced ears. Suddenly they unleash this beauty of an album on us which, yes, still has the trademark electronic oddities in it, but at the same time it's absolutely impossible to categorise.
On the initial listen i thought that this is one of the first rock ground-breaking albums i've heard in a long time (last 5 years)..Or maybe i should call it post rock, or as one UK magazine labelled it: "post-post-rock". Then as i listened to it more and more i realised that there's so many influences and ideas masterfully at work in it, that any attempt to put a label on it is futile. There's one song in the beginning which (minus the vocals) could've come straight from an Anne Clark album in the 80s. There's other songs that sound like a bizzare fusion of indie rock with electronica that remind you of a lot but not specifically something. And, there straight electronica songs which could have only been made by Trans Am (or maybe one or 2 other groups at best) .
For people who are familiar with Trans Am, what stands out in "Liberation" is that it's a merciless political album. One that hits the nail hard and at the same time has a healthy dosage of irony and sarcasm to go with it. That's actually essential because it doesn't come at you as an album with an agenda to sell but rather as very sharp and accurate commentary.
This is not simply Trans Am's best album todate but also one of the most important releases in recent time. Musically speaking, this is in my opinion the way rock music should go if it is to salvage itself from the stagnation it's currently suffering in. Who would've thought that ti would be Trans Am at the helm?? But then again, when you really start thinking about it, it makes perfect sense....
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These guys are on to something, and Liberation is there most consistent effort yet, political propaganda aside. Until now, Trans Am's albums have been spotty with 50-70% of the content being great and the rest, filler and experimentation with sound textures and colors. Don't get me wrong, I have never regretted any Trans Am purchase, but I have found that making my own collection of certain tunes from various albums provides a more satisfying listen then letting the record spin from start to finish. Liberation is an exception. With less "experimentation" and more song writing, these musicians are maturing well in their craft. Plus, I really like Sebastian Thompson drumming.
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By A Customer on April 6 2004
Format: Audio CD
I've been listening to Trans Am for awhile and I find this latest effort dissapointing. It sounds like a bunch of B-sides or outtakes sprinkled with some "to cleaver" political jabs. EBN was doing this 12 years ago (in the other Bush regeime) and more effectivly. I understand TA's modis operandi but this time the joke is to obvious. It's time we all learned the difference between being "cleaver" and being "intelligent".
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Okay, these guys aren't for everyone, as you can see by some of the butthead reviews, but generally if you liked 80's pop, the good stuff that is, and instrumental synth bands like Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream, you should give them a try. In my opinion this is their strongest offing yet. Especially loved "White Rhino" and "Washington DC".
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9f59124c) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Ralph Muench - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Okay, these guys aren't for everyone, as you can see by some of the butthead reviews, but generally if you liked 80's pop, the good stuff that is, and instrumental synth bands like Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream, you should give them a try. In my opinion this is their strongest offing yet. Especially loved "White Rhino" and "Washington DC".
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f5bace4) out of 5 stars Trans Am hit their peak.. March 18 2004
By Takis Tz. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Trans Am have spent quite some time making deeply experimental electronic albums albeit for very experienced ears. Suddenly they unleash this beauty of an album on us which, yes, still has the trademark electronic oddities in it, but at the same time it's absolutely impossible to categorise.
On the initial listen i thought that this is one of the first rock ground-breaking albums i've heard in a long time (last 5 years)..Or maybe i should call it post rock, or as one UK magazine labelled it: "post-post-rock". Then as i listened to it more and more i realised that there's so many influences and ideas masterfully at work in it, that any attempt to put a label on it is futile. There's one song in the beginning which (minus the vocals) could've come straight from an Anne Clark album in the 80s. There's other songs that sound like a bizzare fusion of indie rock with electronica that remind you of a lot but not specifically something. And, there straight electronica songs which could have only been made by Trans Am (or maybe one or 2 other groups at best) .
For people who are familiar with Trans Am, what stands out in "Liberation" is that it's a merciless political album. One that hits the nail hard and at the same time has a healthy dosage of irony and sarcasm to go with it. That's actually essential because it doesn't come at you as an album with an agenda to sell but rather as very sharp and accurate commentary.
This is not simply Trans Am's best album todate but also one of the most important releases in recent time. Musically speaking, this is in my opinion the way rock music should go if it is to salvage itself from the stagnation it's currently suffering in. Who would've thought that ti would be Trans Am at the helm?? But then again, when you really start thinking about it, it makes perfect sense....
HASH(0x9f5c7138) out of 5 stars They brought it June 18 2012
By Slave - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album proves that reviews really mean nothing to the individual... at least this one. I think this might be the best Trans Am album - or on equal footing with the live album - "What Day is it Tonight?" If you want to hear some serious mixing of styles - electronic and just straight up modern rock - this one is for you. A blend of vocal back tracks with some political commentary always help push the themes somewhat too. The recording itself is mixed quite well - great balance and clarity on the instrumentation. It has some great punch. You can hear some old school "Cure" in there - some old 80s synth and simple guitar riff driven songs. Every song has something different to offer and you can just run with it over and over. As usual the drums are hot - lots of metronomic bliss - heavy 16th note drives and just great variety with the drum machine approach. A super album and one I wont get tired of for a long long time.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f5c7120) out of 5 stars Sound of Speed Feb. 10 2007
By shopper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Not just good music for driving fast comes from this trio-- NO! So much more.... and this album reveals that. And it is as good as all previous. I am glad they got political on Liberation. Kinda hard not to as of late (yes I am writing this WAY after it came out-- but I got on to hear samples of the new release-- and felt compelled to write as they are so major rad).

I cannot describe how amazing their music is. It completely blows me away. I grade papers to their music. And I could never say one album is "best" but the following I frequent most: this one (Liberation), Futureworld, Surrender to the Night, self title album, and TA. Try them all. Just amazing. And listening to the samples of Sex Change-- sounds to me like they are just as talented and versatile as ever. On pins and needles awaiting release... eeeeee.....

One of my favorite bands hands down.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f5c75e8) out of 5 stars Too Political Nov. 9 2006
By Dale A. Nacke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For the most part, this is a pretty good album. Where it falls short is in the message. This is my first Trans Am album, so I think I need to dig a bit deeper. I like their choice of arrangements and their use of textures.


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