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Red Line
Trans Am
Red Line
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
 
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Some Trans Am fans haven't quite forgiven the band for adding vocals to their formerly all-instrumental style, and the "Warning: Vocoder Ahead" sign is still in full effect for this CD. However, the vocal numbers on here a...  more »

      
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All Artists: Trans Am
Title: Red Line
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Thrill Jockey
Original Release Date: 9/5/2000
Release Date: 9/5/2000
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
Styles: Indie & Lo-Fi, Experimental Music, Vocal Pop, Progressive, Progressive Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 036172878727

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Some Trans Am fans haven't quite forgiven the band for adding vocals to their formerly all-instrumental style, and the "Warning: Vocoder Ahead" sign is still in full effect for this CD. However, the vocal numbers on here are as reminiscent of mid-'70s Brian Eno as they are of Kraftwerk. The group have always veered back and forth between metal-edged power-trio rock and electronic music without trying terribly hard to combine the two. On earlier records, the trio seemed quite comfortable with the fact that they liked to do different styles of music that sound dissimilar. Red Line is their sixth full-length release (counting the quite essential collection of rare tracks, You Can Always Get What You Want, that came out earlier this year), and it is ambitious and long (21 tracks) but consistently rewarding. Also, without entirely leaving their bipolar stylistic tendencies behind, they have started to integrate their music--the electronic pieces rock a little harder and the rockers incorporate more weird electronic sounds. The aforementioned Vocoder (a device that transforms your voice into the Space Family Robinson's robot) only dominates two pieces, and the ebb and flow throughout the record between structured songs and open-ended experimental pieces gives the CD an appealingly sprawling quality. Special mention must be made of "The Dark Gift," a nine-minute song that toys with the style of the classic prog-rock grand opus by starting with lyrical acoustic guitar melodies, building up to a hypnotically repetitive riff-o-rama, and closing with two minutes of melodic, sustained synth sounds. --Bob Bannister

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CD Reviews

Good mixture of rock and electronics
Chet Fakir | DC | 09/12/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Trans Am are an odd band, they rock in a post-punk indie sort of way yet mix in ambient/electronica influenced "rock" as well. I used to say back when seeing them live years ago (they're a good live band) that they were a mixture of an instrumental Foghat and Kraftwerk. They've updated their rock sound a bit, made it more abrasive and free wheeling and added vocals on some of the tracks and so now sound like a mixture of post-punk (think Slint, Polvo and/or Don Caballero) and Kraftwerk-like electronica. Redline is a tad overlong and a bit rambling, yet it's interesting none the less. Some of the songs are very structured, others are more improv based. Some are electronic pop, some are guitar based rock. Red Line is a good album, perhaps its too emotionally detached and experimental to play every day. But when I am in the mood for something out of the ordinary yet still rocking, this fits the bill nicely. Call it progressive punk for the 2000's."