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Red Line

Trans AmAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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There are three ways of interpreting Volume X, the title of the new album by Trans Am. The first is obvious – it is the band’s tenth studio release, comprised of ten songs that display ten unique sides of Phil Manley, Nathan Means, and Sebastian Thomson. You can also imagine a volume knob being cranked all the way up, the amplification level for an ideal Trans Am listening session. ... Read more in Amazon's Trans Am Store

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  • Audio CD (September 5, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Thrill Jockey
  • ASIN: B00004WHA2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,042 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Let's Take The Fresh Step Together
2. I Want It All
3. Casual Friday
4. Polizei (Zu Spat)
5. Village In Bubbles
6. For Now And Forever
7. Play In The Summer
8. Where Do You Want To Fuck Today?
9. Don't Bundle Me
10. Mr. Simmons
11. Diabolical Cracker
12. I'm Coming Down
13. The Dark Gift
14. Air And Space
15. Talk You All Tight
16. Lunar Landing
17. Bad Cat
18. Slow Response
19. Getting Very Nervous
20. Ragged Agenda
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never boring October 26, 2000
By Mats
Format:Audio CD
This is the album you want to start with if you are unfamiliar with Trans Am's work. With it, you get an overall image of what the group has achieved so far: "vocoder" songs from Futureworld, noisy drones from Surrender to the night, intrumental rock anthems from their debut album and minimalist bleeps and frizzles from The Surveillance.
Describing Trans Am's sound is a difficult task seeing as it is so varied, but influences from the likes of Devo and Kraftwerk are defenitely present. Now if you could imagine yourself mixing in Led Zep riffs and thunderous drums amidst these influences, you are on your way to finding out what this is all about. But, as I have said, Trans Am are hard to describe and I might be way off according to some. However one thing is for sure, this is not boring music, you can discover new things you might have missed at every listen (have any of you tried listening to the first track on this album on "fast forward"? Surprise!) and this album is no exception; in fact it is probably the most interesting one so far. Enjoy!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zoom-a zoom zoom. September 8, 2000
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Red Line pretty much picks up where Futureworld left off, hits the ground running, and speeds off into the sunset. The usual "Should we play pop, or prog?" conundrum is still in full, glorious effect (vocoder and all, if you were wondering if they were going to give that up after Futureworld), peppered with their usual minimalist techno, and a new wrinkle has been added: ACOUSTIC GUITAR. *sound of fainting bodies hitting the floor*
I see Trans Am as one of the few crucial bands in the midst of this rock-slump we're in. Don't get left behind. </elitism>
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good mixture of rock and electronics September 11, 2004
Format:Audio CD
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.
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This is Trans Am's 1st or second best album along with Future World, I will let you decide which one is better, they are both perfect!!!
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