After avoiding this for almost 30 years I was pleasantly sur
Philip Bradshaw | toronto canada | 06/25/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I haven't played Trans in a donkey's age. From time to time I have seen it referred to in articles written about Young or in reviews of his more recent CDs. The references have rarely been kind! So when I pulled it off the shelf and threw it on the turntable I really didn't know what to expect. Well, Trans kicks off with Little Thing Called Love and it's in the typical Neil Young vein and is a whole lot better than anything on Hawks and Doves or Reactor. Up next is Computer Age with Neil singing through the vocoder and it is undeniably like nothing he'd ever done before (or since for that matter), and it's very good. We Are in Control, Transformer Man and Computer Cowboy keep up the good work. Side two has the excellent Sample and Hold and Like an Inca. Now this isn't necessarily an album for those who appreciate either Harvest or Everybody Knows. However, a fan who approaches with an open mind might just discover an enjoyably unique LP of music, if not a hidden gem. After 26 or so years I was pleasantly surprised. I'll be playing this record again very soon."
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Gojko Jocic | adelaide Australia | 03/27/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Bought it onlyto replace my vinyl. Only listened to the record twice, and didn't like it. put the cd on, and all of a sudden I could appreciate it. Not because it was on a cd, because I read his bio and I understood why he recorded it. It's quite good, don't know why I like it now as I hate electrronica, but there you go."
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dB | UK | 07/05/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I got into Neil Young in a big way a few years back. I bought up all his albums and read all about him. I was first intrigued by this particular album because Q magazine gave it 1 star and said it was truly awful. Shows what they know. This is a gem of an album- great songs, interesting production choices and a great concept. For those that don't know, this is like Neil Young under a very heavy Kraftwerk influence. Either that or some really powerful drugs I'd guess. He uses the vocoder on a number of tracks, and unlike some I found that to be a brave and interesting direction to go in. Sure, I wouldn't want him using the vocoder on every album, but as a curio this is fascinating. I am a musician, and this album has had such an effect on me over the last couple of years that I have become somewhat fascinated by the vocoder. I have bought several, and have gotten into other artists who use it. Maybe it's because I wasn't around to see Neil Young develop as an artist (I'm only thirty) that this album doesn't stick out like a sore thumb to me. I love a lot of Young's supposed lesser works, but out of all of his more difficult albums, this is my favourite."