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Transit Transit [CD]

Autolux Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 Aug 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ATP Recordings
  • ASIN: B003IXAOQ6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,271 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Transit Transit 2:540.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Census 4:400.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Highchair 3:250.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Supertoys 4:370.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Spots 4:360.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Bouncing Wall 3:420.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Audience No. 2 4:340.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Kissproof 3:270.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Headless Sky 4:050.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Science Of Imaginary Solutions 6:030.89  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

In some respects, Trent Reznor inviting Autolux to support Nine Inch Nails on their 2005 American tour raised more eyebrows than him recording an album at the site of the Manson Family murders ever did.

You'd expect an unhealthy interest in bloodletting from a man whose music is an exercise in aural sadism, whereas a fondness for lo-fi experimental pop seems much more shocking. Especially when this Los Angeles trio sound so polarised from Nine Inch Nails: organic rather than industrial, fuzzy rather than jagged around the edges. And where Nine Inch Nails' 2007 album Year Zero was set in a dystopian future, Autolux feel more like they live in a quaint antique shop sticking old guitars and analogue synths together with production as thick as Plasticine.

But Reznor is just one of the famous fans Autolux have picked up since 2004's debut album Future Perfect: Thom Yorke, PJ Harvey, the Coen Brothers and Flaming Lips have all sung their praises. Musically, Autolux share most ground with the latter, but they also found a natural home on the Coen Brothers' DMZ label, to which they were signed in 2002. Like the Coen Brothers' films, their much-delayed second LP Transit Transit is an album that constantly keeps you guessing. Garage rock nugget Census suddenly slides down a greasy pole of bass and bleeps halfway through, the electronic gurgles of The Bouncing Wall blossom into Beach Boys harmonics, and the epic finale The Science of Imaginary Solutions sees drummer Carla Azar's vocal slowly drowning beneath feedback.

The fact that Azar, guitarist Greg Edwards and bassist Eugene Goreshter's voices are so androgynous in unison, and that they nod heavily towards My Bloody Valentine, means that Transit Transit sticks out far less amidst the current shoegazing revival than Future Perfect did six years ago. But where people now use the term dream-pop to describe a band like School of Seven Bells, whose music is one warm amorphous haze, it actually suits Autolux much more: Transit Transit is full of the sort of implausible leaps of imagination that normally only happen in your sleep.

--Paul Clarke

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4.0 out of 5 stars At last! 31 July 2010
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The long awaited follow up to Autolux's outstanding debut 'Future Perfect' is finally here! With six years having passed and a number of delayed and postponed release dates for 'Transit Transit', it is finally seeping through my speakers via myspace, its official release date being August 2nd. As an enormous fan of 'Future Perfect' my excitement at the release of 'Transit Transit' has been building and gathering momentum with every failed release date over the last two years or so.

However, I wonder if it is for this reason that on my first hearing I feel slightly disappointed. Maybe with a few more listens it will grow into an equally fitting follow up to a debut of such promise and potential, yet my immediate response is one of frustration. Whilst there is nothing particularly wrong with any of these new tracks, it is hard to detect any of the beauty or intensity present on their debut offering.

The main problem here appears to be a far greater leaning towards experimentalism than is really necassary. Autolux have always possessed a deftly balanced formula of Sonic Youth-esque experimentation and wonderfully simplistic hooks, 'Turnstile Blues', 'Blanket' and 'Capital Kind of Strain' being clear examples. This time around, at least after only one listen, the hooks and melodies are few and far between. 'Supertoys', the lead single from 'Transit Transit', clearly demonstrates this point, sounding rather like and interesting b-side than a surging return from a six year absence. In fact, 'Supertoys' quite adequately epotomises my view of the album as a whole; while it is more than capable of drawing you in, it's just crying out for a little bit more, something to transform it from a good idea into a great song.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Transit Transit 5 Sep 2010
By Ben
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Having never bought Autolux's first album I didn't really know what to expect. When I heard this album i was thrilled to hear music to the highest standard (although it may not be so easy to listen to). Census is a particulary great song as all the rest are.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, autolux does it again 9 Aug 2010
By Dave Mackler - Published on
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Consider this a preemptive strike against the inevitable backlash of the usual complaints: they've been working on this for six years (not the case. They spent much of that time deciding how to release the album), it doesn't sound exactly like Future Perfect. While the second may hold some accuracy, it ignores the exciting leaps forward that Autolux have taken with their sound.

What's new is a significant amount of sparse moments, space unfilled, perhaps you could call it a greater "Radiohead-esqueness," through the use of piano and electronic beats. If the entire album sounded like this, I could understand the complaints, but there are plenty of moments of the old noisy rock-out Autolux as well.

Perhaps the new elements stand out so much, they are off-putting to listeners that wanted Future Perfect part 2. Give these tracks a chance and they will end up being highlights. SPOTS is a haunting, beautiful song, and an incredible improvement on the melancholy of GREAT DAYS FOR THE PASSENGER ELEMENT. THE BOUNCING WALL is a great nod to `60s flavored psychedelic pop. Fans of the British band Broadcast will take note. HIGHCHAIR is built around a hypnotic beat that comprises of electronic and live percussion.

Meanwhile, Autolux continues to combine perfect pop catchiness and propulsive interstellar rock on songs like CENSUS, SUPERTOYS and KISSPROOF. There are wonderful touches, like the spacey effects that come in towards the end of CENSUS and the toy piano that rings out in this midst of the dirge-heavy HEADLESS SKY. The album's beautifully swirling closer, THE SCIENCE OF IMAGINARY SOLUTIONS, is punctuated by jarring blasts of noise at the minute and a half mark, and then it lifts upwards carrying the listener out on a more skyward note than on Future Perfect.

A track by track comparison of two such remarkable albums seems irrelevant, but it is worth noting that everything on Transit Transit is more interesting than ROBOTS IN THE GARDEN and ASLEEP AT THE TRIGGER from the first album. Every new track is multifaceted and is masterfully crafted from a range of ideas.

So, put aside what you were expecting to hear, and embrace this exciting step forward by one of the most interesting bands out there.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smooth yet satsifying 7 Aug 2010
By Neuroradiology Bound - Published on
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The new release by Autolux overall carries on brilliant work set out by "Future Perfect" six years ago...

While the noise and hard charging attitude seems to have mellowed somewhat, the trio seems to have honed their songwriting abilities and appear to have become better musicians in the interim. This represents somewhat of a departure from Autolux's prior work, but while it it is a move away from tonal discordance, this sounds more refined, mature and remains Autolux.

This would be a great debut album for any band and remains a wonderful new step in the evolution of Autolux.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A change of pace, but not as rewarding. 13 Aug 2010
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On their first album in six years, Autolux enhances the experimental sounds they forged on 2004's Future Present. Tracks like Audience No. 2 bring are a real sensory overload, packing the mix with distortion and effects. But the album has a few severe potholes that leave me underwhelmed. Whether it's looping instrumentation or a lack of interesting sounds, some tracks just leave me cold and uninterested. It's nice if you're looking for a friendlier face in this style of music, but I'd rather hear the dangerous side I've come to appreciate from Autolux.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic 29 Oct 2010
By Babysteps - Published on
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Short and Simple
I took the time to listen and became very entertained. The album is a dynamic
collaboration of trippy sixties, alternative and modern rock. I was very impressed.
I can actually listen to every trek instead of skipping.
You don't know what to expect because it's innovative and classic alternative at the same time. I listened to samples of the first album and will purchase soon.
Excellent percussionist.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth The Wait 7 Oct 2010
By The Observer - Published on
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Very rarely does a band come along and, for the most part, create its own sound. Autolux is one of those gems. Even though the world has had to wait a long time for their second proper album to be released, it is worth every delicious second now that it has arrived.

The nuances of this music grow with each listen and it's clear the time spent making it was not wasted. It's a great rock record with a soft sheen coating the surface.

Because of the rarity of his released work, guitarist/vocalist Greg Edwards doesn't get the acclaim that his former band-mate in Failure, Ken Andrews, receives. It's clear from repeated listens to "Transit Transit" that it's a shame their partnership didn't last longer than it did. This is brilliance.
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