Haunted Cities - Transplants
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  • Summary: This is the second album from the punk trio which features members of blink-182 (Travis Barker) and Rancid (Tim Armstrong).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Haunted Cities has more of a street-smarts vibe and is actually more listenable [than their debut].
  2. The whole package ends up having this strangely alluring glimmer. It's like discovering California Babylon after being lost in suburbia.
  3. 80
    More tuneful and less experimental than their debut. [Aug 2005, p.113]
  4. Think of them as a slightly above-average combo of the Clash, Fun Lovin' Criminals, and some snotty band from the burbs. [24 Jun 2005, p.164]
  5. Transplants make a splattery mess of modern music as often as they stumble over something new and exciting.
  6. 25
    While Transplants' self-titled debut caught the trio at that moment when the third-beer buzz kicks in... the new record seems to have picked up several pints and bong hits later, when shit starts to get grisly. [Aug 2005, p.96]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. TristanV
    Aug 24, 2005
    10
    great band and great songs
  2. JoeGuy
    Oct 12, 2005
    10
    creative, good shit. Much better than the first
  3. lloydb
    Feb 1, 2006
    10
    People should look at this album for what it is. It is Original without trying too hard to be. It is What the band members wanted to make, which should be respected and i am sure that whatever the end result is viewed as (good or bad) i am sure they are happy with it and it doesnt matter what anyone has to say about it. Expand
  4. CarsonW
    Jul 26, 2005
    9
    new transplants album is different than the previous, but just as excellent. Stylus magazine, entertainment weekly, and the onion (whatever the hell that is) should stick to examining indie rock and other music they seem to think they know about. Really hope you guys don't get paid for your primitive reviewing efforts. Expand
  5. bucklerb.
    Aug 29, 2005
    8
    for those who sell rocks on all da' hard blocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  6. j30
    Aug 15, 2011
    6
    Expected a bit more after their awesome self-titled debut. There's still some noteworthy songs like "Not Today" and "Apocalypse Now."
  7. AlexC
    Aug 8, 2005
    3
    If the excitement of the first Transplants album was due to the word "experimental" being thrown around. It acurately describe the immaculate mesh of metal/punk/hip-hop/dub/reggae that went into their intital work. The best word to describe the new album: Derivative. The lyrics follow the trend of mainstream garbage and the sound is dumbed down to weak hip-hop beats both punks and hip hop heads would scoff at. A sad day for a promising band. Expand

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