Jimi Hendrix | 03/08/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Everybody who's writing those "I was eargerly anticipating the 2nd album, but it's crap etc etc" reviews, forget that EVERYONE when they first heard the Transplants, were slightly nonplussed - admit it. Haunted Cities - Just more innovation & grooves.
...Download it today....."
ax | uk southampton | 06/02/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"(3.5 would have been more fair)
ok. i'll admit it, i loved the 1st transplants cd - it was punk inspiration fused with anger and great hooks - even rob aston, who im not a big fan of, filled the cd with energy and life.
The second cd, haunted cities i do like. i like it. i don't love it. this is because from the punk with subordinate hip-hop music they had, they have reversed it, so its hip-hop with punk extras. I can't be annoyed at the transplants for changing their musical direction, because if no-body did that, then music would be boring (and the transplants are NOT boring.)
here's how i rated each song:
Not Today - 5 / 5 this is probably the best song on the cd, it could have come straight off of the self titled debut, and sounds like it.
Apocalypse Now - 4/5 - predictable chorus, but a rousing, armstrong led song
gangsters & thugs 4/5 - another good song, one of the best on the cd.
what i can't describe - 2/5 - my least favourite song on the cd, its r & b, not even hip hop.
doomsday - 4/5 i really like this song, good chorus
killafornia - 3/5 hip hop - but a good song, i like it infact, but it does NOT fit in with this cd.
American Guns - 5/5 - excellent punk song, great hook with the line "american guns, american guns"
madness - 4.5/5 - excellent song, but made by armstrongs chorus
hit the fence - 3/5 - abrasive rap by aston, armstrongless.
pay any price 4.5/5 - another good song, made by tim armstrong
i want it all 3.5/5 - slowish, not my favourite
crash and burn - 4.5/5 - great hook on the chorus, good song all round
without - what i cant describe & killafornia (notice armstrongs vocal absence from these two songs) this would have been an excellent cd.
hit the fence is this cd's romper stomper, with doomsday the equivalent of california babylon, not today replacing tall cans in the air, gangsters and thugs in for dj dj.
The orignal is the best, but this follow up is good too, andi have listened to it many times, but would be better without What I cant describe, killafornia (which i actually like as a song, but does not fit in with the cd) and i want it all.