TA - Trans Am
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  • Summary: The ever-changing Washington D.C. outfit dives completely into the realm of 80s-style electro-synth pop (complete with vocals) for this, their sixth album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. This, more than any of their releases to date, is an actual album. [Jun 2002, p.90]
  2. 80
    Dealing with Trans Am entails dealing with a great sense of humor that's a fun and striking listen to boot. [#54, p.109]
  3. By applying themselves to proper songs with words and everything like Mogwai did last year they've demonstrated why they still belong in the upper echelon of Outpoppers That Matter.
  4. Like Urge Overkill or The Velvet Monkeys at their grossest, Trans Am's genre exercises don't stand up to close scrutiny, but as a dim soundtrack to your next beer bust, you might want to bring it on. [#220, p.66]
  5. An overdone, unamusingly ironic '80s fetish dominates the first half of the album, dragging down tracks like "Molecules" and "Different Kind of Love" with slick synths and affected singing.
  6. 40
    While Air and Daft Punk have taken discarded pop styles and created modern classics, Trans Am seem happy to wallow in early-MTV nostalgia. [Jun/Jul 2002, p.114]
  7. TA have now officially run out of original ideas.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1