Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  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. Q Magazine
    There is something unceasingly engaging about Trans Am. [Apr 2004, p.122]
  5. It's a bit of a disappointment considering the rich subject matter, though Trans Am prove themselves once again masters of their own oblique domain.
  6. Alternative Press
    They've beefed up their bombastic prog-rock guitars and grandiose, Teutonic synth motifs to new levels of virtuoso excess. [Feb 2004, p.93]
  7. The Wire
    If nothing else, these [political] elements give Liberation a darker hue. [#240, p.67]
  8. 70
    ‘Liberation’ is the most damning indictment of the Bush administration yet recorded, and it’s all subliminal. Magnificent.
  9. Urb
    Gleefully uneasy listening. [Feb 2004, p.82]
  10. Entertainment Weekly
    Unfortunately, Trans Am's New Order-meets-Chemical Brothers synth-nostalgia seldom provides a sufficiently scintillating soapbox. [20 Feb 2004, p.67]
  11. An ambitious, if flawed new album that once again tries to include many different things on one release, but unfortunately stumbles in several places.
  12. Mojo
    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]
  13. Uncut
    Delivered via rolling, thunderous rhythms--part Can, part Black Sabbath--moody synths and mournfully melodic guitar, using the slow-build-to-explosion method. [Apr 2004, p.91]
  14. 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.
  15. While Trans Am's need to express their political views and their cliché-busting approach are both admirable, unfortunately their ways of expressing their dissent aren't all that inspired.
  16. Try as the trio might to inform its '80s pastiche with an extra degree of menace, the disc ends up sounding like the same old Trans Am: part Rush, part "Miami Vice" soundtrack and part pranksters just taking the piss.
  17. Rolling Stone
    [A] forgettable art project. [4 Mar 2004, p.66]
  18. 40
    Often translates into little more than spliced Dubya soundbites and “spooky” found sounds (helicopter blades, police sirens) played over dour, noncommittal loops.
  19. 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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