Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Alternative Press
    90
    This, more than any of their releases to date, is an actual album. [Jun 2002, p.90]
  2. Magnet
    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. Uncut
    70
    This is inventive and witty stuff. [June 2002, p.126]
  5. The Wire
    60
    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]
  6. What TA does have in abundance is grooviness -- the Rio-inspired techno of "Basta," the Devo-esque brittleness of "Positive People," the PIL-like dub reggae of "C Sick" -- and a knack for re-creating the vibe of a New Wave dance club, circa 1983.
  7. 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.
  8. Blender
    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]
  9. With each successive song, the vocal shortcomings become more and more apparent.
  10. It's Loverboy-style lite-metal meets new wave, without the riffs, melodies or red leather pants. In other words, it's Survivor.
  11. TA have now officially run out of original ideas.
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  1. patrickg
    Oct 17, 2004
    8
    these guys are great at taking pieces of a specific genre of music and putting it on steroids. this drummer hits like no other. see them live these guys are great at taking pieces of a specific genre of music and putting it on steroids. this drummer hits like no other. see them live if you can. Full Review »