Liberation - Trans Am
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  • Summary: The Washington, D.C. band's seventh album finds the band in a more political mood, even sampling President Bush (the newer one) on one track.
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  1. Trans Am's Liberation is one of those rare albums that combine great musicianship, irony, sonic diversity, and originality. And to top it all off, the album rocks.
  2. While I’ll miss how amusingly unpredictable TA could be, I can’t complain about their first long-player that works, front to back.
  3. A political record as grand, explicit, and opaque as Radiohead's Hail to the Thief.
  4. Unfortunately, Trans Am's New Order-meets-Chemical Brothers synth-nostalgia seldom provides a sufficiently scintillating soapbox. [20 Feb 2004, p.67]
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    Chopper blades and police sirens pepper the album; indeed, shorn of this angsty hum, the by turns pastoral and metallic instrumental tracks pale. [Apr 2004, p.106]
  6. As a political album, Liberation may only be half-successful, but I'd still take angry Trans Am over the schlocky Trans Am of TA any day.
  7. Friends: believe me when I say that the combination between the two disparate elements–unbearably goofy synth-pop and sub-par commentary on various parties’ political shortcomings–is indeed a deadly one.

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