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  • Audio CD (June 21, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • ASIN: B00092ZM7A
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,109 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Not Today
2. Apocalypse Now
3. Gangsters & Thugs
4. What I Can't Describe
5. Doomsday
6. Killafornia
7. American Guns
8. Madness
9. Hit the Fence
10. Pay any Price
11. I Want It All
12. Crash and Burn

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'Haunted Cities' features guest appearances by the Boo-Yaa Tribe, Rakaa from Dilated Peoples, B-Real and Sen Dog from Cypress Hill. Deluxe Version. Atlantic. 2005.


Rarely is a side project equal to the member's primary outfit, but the Transplants subvert that long and wisely held opinion. Named because they are indeed musicians transplanted from other bands--Blink 182's skin beater Travis Barker, Rancid's guitarist and singer, Tim Armstrong, and former AFI roadie Rob Aston make up the line-up--but much to their credit they didn't bring much baggage from their rather high profile musical units except maybe just the smallest throwback to mid-career Rancid on the confrontational and rather bleak "American Guns." But that's really a creative blip, instead the band members display a contagious and clubby party ethic, rather like the Stone Roses before the end of Madchester years with a buzzy menacing guitar and some superb Keith Moon-ian drumming underpinning everything. Instead of promoting punk revivalism, "Haunted Cites" is a compendium of what the band members listen to on their off hours, fusing their love of dancehall, metal, Philly soul, reggae and hip-hop into this rhythmically solid and lyrically adventurous follow-up to their standout 2002 debut. Any band that can name check Blackie Lawless in their first song, and then go on to create such luscious vintage soul, sounding like a reincarnated Stylistics on the chillingly beautiful "What I Can't Describe" deserves to be on the express elevator to the top of the charts. And that's even before you take into account their sardonic paean to hedonism on "Gangsters and Thugs," with it's charmingly bone-headed chorus "Gangsters and thugs/Criminals and hoods/Some of my friends sell records/Some of my friends sell drugs." --Jaan Uhelszki

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Or maybe they should've just left well enough alone.
Ben Dugan
If you like the Transplants buy this album and the other, if would be unwise to only hear one style of the Transplants music.
Purchaser Magoo
Haunted Cities is like the first album in that the songs don't really stand out musically or to be a lasting record.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tristan C. on June 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Notice how every review with five stars has no content? Hmmm..

It is with great regret that I am writing a review stating that "Haunted Cities" continues the pattern of Rancid and company's decline. This new Transplants record is another chapter among the 2003's de-volving "Indestructible" and the ego-a-thon that is Frederiksen's 2004 "Viking" (my least favorite record of 2004 hands down).

This record is suffering greatly in the lyrics department. Along the lines of "Viking," this album's lyrics are just a tad above because they touch on politics (Apocalypse Now and American Guns). But, rest assured, you will find that nearly every other song is talking about bad-ass they are, how hard their life has been, etc. Where is the storytelling style that Tim Armstrong used to incorporate into songs so well? Not here.

Remember how "Skinhead" Rob was a cool addition on the first Transplants album, and not a crucial member? Well, that has changed on this record. In fact, the record ought to be called "Rob Austin and the Transplants - Haunted Cities." You'll find Rob's raspy, smokes-too-much vocals singing the main parts of most of the songs, and coving about 70% of the lyrics in total. I could deal with this if there was some content to his lyrics, but nearly every line he says has to do with him being tough, a drug dealer, or using some random cuss word. This "we're so hard" thing has really gone to their heads.

If you'll recall on the first Transplants album the guest stars fit on the songs very well. From Lars, to Brody, and even Davey Havok, these guests were long time friends and they fit their parts perfectly.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ben Dugan on July 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Well there is both good news and bad news for Rancid fans. On the good side of things, the second record from "punk rock supergroup" the Transplants(Rancid's Tim Armstrong, Blink 182's Travis Barker and former Rancid/ A.F.I. roadie "Skinhead Rob" Aston) is a step up from last years dreadful Lars Frederickson record "Viking". The bad news? "Haunted Cities" isn't much of a record.

Now I thought the Transplants debut record a few years ago had some cool moments("Sad But True", "California Babylon" and "Down in Oakland" were inspired tracks), but "Haunted Cities" doesn't really have any cool moments or even really any memorable or likable songs. And it boils down to three things.

One: Tim Armstrong, it would appear, has lost for lack of a better word his mojo. In the mid to late ninties he was one of the best songwritters around, knowing how to blend hard runk aggression with pop melody and smart, honest lyrics. He could go from hardcore punk to ska to blues inspired pop tracks without losing much of a beat(don't believe me? Take a listen to the records Rancid cut from 1994-2001), but here he sounds bored. Every track find Armstrong going through the motions, not really seeming to care either way if the track he's doing is interesting or even good, floating by on fake bravado and tired hooks. To add insult to energy whenever Tim takes to mic he sounds bored with himself. There is never an excitement to his voice or his tone, and it gets pretty boring listening to a dude who sounds bored. Actually, it's pretty contagious.

Problem two is Skinhead Rob who rivals Fred Durst in the rapping skills department. Rob is all fake bravado and trite, unoriganel rhymes who goes to the same topic over and over again: how much of a badass he seems to think he is.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Mcdonald on September 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If your too brainwashed by MTV and clear channel, don't f*ckin buy this album. If you're too busy trying to put bands into certain categories, don't buy this f*ckin album, because that is what it is, an ALBUM. These brilliant musicians have made an album for MUSICIANS, music lovers, and just plan open minded folks. Not everyone is going to like it and they don't CARE. From the opening salvos of Not Today and Apocalypse Now to the closing tunes I Want It All and Crash and Burn (which are an album unto themselves) this album is a party masterpiece. Gangsters and Thugs, the single, sounds like nothing that's ever been played on the radio before; What I Can't Describe is a perfect lazy summer soul tune that doesn't fit any category; Madness: phat. Anyway, buy this album if your interested in something different and tuneful. Otherwise, tune in to yer local bullsh*t radio/cable station. Peace out, b*tches.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Blue on October 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The Transplants' new CD, "Haunted Cities" is an album that defies categorization. If you only like to listen to one genre of music, then you'll not care for it. If you like music for the sake of music, then there will certainly be something here for you. There are straight ahead classic punk tracks, followed by some pretty pop sounding tunes. Most songs twist genres in a way you'd not expect to hear. If you buy the album for "Gangsters and Thugs," you'll probably be disappointed. It is the most radio-friendly of the tracks, but not necessarily representative of the album.

I bought the CD for Travis Barker's percussion work, and he shows a fine and innovative hand in every track, from the hard-ish punk in "Not Today" to the classically delectable soul track "What I Can't Describe."

Although the band is just three guys, there is a page full of guest artists that helped to fatten out the sound and add to the texture of the various tracks. And unlike some "conceptual" albums (bunch a'guys havin' fun in the studio), this is one you'll actually listen to.

My only problem with this CD is it's not very kid friendly. These guys have serious potty mouths and there are abundant drug references. I'm less likely to let my kids listen to it, even though I'd like them to hear some of the tunes. But if you're a grown up, give it a try. You might find something you like.
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