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Album: T.A.
# Song Title   Time
1)    Cold War
2)    Molecules
3)    Run With Me
4)    Bonn
5)    Basta
6)    Different Kind of Love
7)    You Will Be There
8)    Derek Fisher
9)    Party Station
10)    Positive People
11)    Afternight
12)    C Sick
13)    Feed on Me
14)    Infinite Wavelength
 

Album: T.A.
# Song Title   Time
1)    Cold War
2)    Molecules
3)    Run With Me
4)    Bonn
5)    Basta
6)    Different Kind of Love
7)    You Will Be There
8)    Derek Fisher
9)    Party Station
10)    Positive People
11)    Afternight
12)    C Sick
13)    Feed on Me
14)    Infinite Wavelength
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Sebastian Thomson (guitar, keyboards, drums); Phil Manley (guitar, keyboards); Nathan Means (keyboards); Chris Turco (cymbals).
  • Audio Mixer: Jonathan Kreinik.
  • Recording information: National Recording Studio, WDC.
  • Photographer: Kate Auleta.
  • Unknown Contributor Role: Jerry Busher.
  • TA's inner booklet, which depicts a white-clad Trans Am looking like a cross between Emerson, Lake & Palmer circa LOVE BEACH and a pale Baha Men, might lead you to think that the album is all a joke. However, the trio's assimilation of their electro-pop influences is so seamless here that the music transcends retro chic and virtually becomes that towards which it raises a loving eyebrow. The opening tune "Cold War" is the greatest song New Order never wrote (would that Bernie and the boys had contacted Trans Am before releasing the former's limp 2001 album). "Basta" one-ups the minimalism of early-'80s electro by eliminating everything but voices and percussion. The synth riffs on "You Will Be There" are close enough to vintage Missing Persons to make Dale Bozzio sigh with envy. There's still enough all-important ironic distance to ensure that no one really mistakes the provenance of TA, but the homage it pays to synthesizer heroes of the past is obviously heartfelt.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (10/3/02, p.104) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...With an abundance of grooviness...[TA] has a knack for recreating the vibe of a New Wave dance club circa 1983..."

Spin (6/02, p.108) - 6 out of 10 - "...Trans Am prize the 80's laughable lyrical posturing as well as its embrace of all things fey, getting their Simon Le Bon on one minute and dropping love-is-a-battlefield metaphors the next..."

Alternative Press (June 2002, p.90) - 9 out of 10 - "...Trans Am are moving out of the B-movie brigade and trading in the synthesized silliness and warped, texture-filled instrumentals for solid songwriting and serious subjects..."

Magnet (6-7/02, p.109) - "...The soundtrack to parents going out of town....a rump-shakin' tribute to, uh, Wang Chung..."

CMJ (6/02, p.5) - "...Trans Am. has bestowed upon us a treasure box chock full of keyboards, crisp dance beats and studio trickery...,Trans Am has successfully created a CD that will have [fans] yearning for a dancefloor and a round of glow sticks..."
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