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....