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  • Audio CD (16 Feb. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Thrilljockey
  • ASIN: B00013VI52
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 347,638 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Outmoder
2. Uninvited Guest
3. Idea Machine
4. White Rhino
5. June
6. Music for Dogs
7. Divine Invasion II
8. Washington DC
9. Total Information Awareness
10. Pretty Close to the Edge
11. Is Trans Am Really Your Friend?
12. Remote Control
13. Spike in Chatter
14. Divine Invasion


Liberation, the seventh album from post-rock futurists Trans Am confirms that they're holding firm to their Kraftwerkian vow to the glory of technological progress. What's more, it suggests that the dark future beyond the horizon of this Washington DC trio's stark, silicon soundscapes looms ever nearer. Built on a foundation of chilly Germanic rock-opera synths and chugging Sabbath-style metal dynamics, tracks such as "Outmoder" and "Total Information Awareness" eschew any of the light electro-pop influences that crept into 2002's TA in favour of extended passages of cranium-rattling heavy riffage, frantic percussion and inhuman electronic gloom.

Liberation isn't a laugh riot: where earlier LPs betrayed a certain tongue-in-cheek frivolity in their more flamboyant passages, here, any ironic humour has been purged to make space for a sharp satirical edge captured best on "Uninvited Guest"--a Chris Morris-style cut-and-paste rewiring of a George W Bush speech that sees the American President preaching doom and destruction from his pulpit. At times, Liberation is a jarring, arresting listen but too often, Trans Am sound repressed where they should be buoyant, defiant and dancing the dark night away. --Louis Pattison

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trans am is a brilliant trio. They know what they are doing. Liberation is a good exemple of their wonderful work.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x971bf3d8) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Ralph Muench - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Okay, these guys aren't for everyone, as you can see by some of the butthead reviews, but generally if you liked 80's pop, the good stuff that is, and instrumental synth bands like Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream, you should give them a try. In my opinion this is their strongest offing yet. Especially loved "White Rhino" and "Washington DC".
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9727a678) out of 5 stars Trans Am hit their peak.. 19 Mar. 2004
By Takis Tz. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Trans Am have spent quite some time making deeply experimental electronic albums albeit for very experienced ears. Suddenly they unleash this beauty of an album on us which, yes, still has the trademark electronic oddities in it, but at the same time it's absolutely impossible to categorise.
On the initial listen i thought that this is one of the first rock ground-breaking albums i've heard in a long time (last 5 years)..Or maybe i should call it post rock, or as one UK magazine labelled it: "post-post-rock". Then as i listened to it more and more i realised that there's so many influences and ideas masterfully at work in it, that any attempt to put a label on it is futile. There's one song in the beginning which (minus the vocals) could've come straight from an Anne Clark album in the 80s. There's other songs that sound like a bizzare fusion of indie rock with electronica that remind you of a lot but not specifically something. And, there straight electronica songs which could have only been made by Trans Am (or maybe one or 2 other groups at best) .
For people who are familiar with Trans Am, what stands out in "Liberation" is that it's a merciless political album. One that hits the nail hard and at the same time has a healthy dosage of irony and sarcasm to go with it. That's actually essential because it doesn't come at you as an album with an agenda to sell but rather as very sharp and accurate commentary.
This is not simply Trans Am's best album todate but also one of the most important releases in recent time. Musically speaking, this is in my opinion the way rock music should go if it is to salvage itself from the stagnation it's currently suffering in. Who would've thought that ti would be Trans Am at the helm?? But then again, when you really start thinking about it, it makes perfect sense....
HASH(0x97ebc168) out of 5 stars They brought it 18 Jun. 2012
By Slave - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album proves that reviews really mean nothing to the individual... at least this one. I think this might be the best Trans Am album - or on equal footing with the live album - "What Day is it Tonight?" If you want to hear some serious mixing of styles - electronic and just straight up modern rock - this one is for you. A blend of vocal back tracks with some political commentary always help push the themes somewhat too. The recording itself is mixed quite well - great balance and clarity on the instrumentation. It has some great punch. You can hear some old school "Cure" in there - some old 80s synth and simple guitar riff driven songs. Every song has something different to offer and you can just run with it over and over. As usual the drums are hot - lots of metronomic bliss - heavy 16th note drives and just great variety with the drum machine approach. A super album and one I wont get tired of for a long long time.
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HASH(0x97ed48c4) out of 5 stars Sound of Speed 10 Feb. 2007
By shopper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Not just good music for driving fast comes from this trio-- NO! So much more.... and this album reveals that. And it is as good as all previous. I am glad they got political on Liberation. Kinda hard not to as of late (yes I am writing this WAY after it came out-- but I got on to hear samples of the new release-- and felt compelled to write as they are so major rad).

I cannot describe how amazing their music is. It completely blows me away. I grade papers to their music. And I could never say one album is "best" but the following I frequent most: this one (Liberation), Futureworld, Surrender to the Night, self title album, and TA. Try them all. Just amazing. And listening to the samples of Sex Change-- sounds to me like they are just as talented and versatile as ever. On pins and needles awaiting release... eeeeee.....

One of my favorite bands hands down.
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HASH(0x9735724c) out of 5 stars Too Political 9 Nov. 2006
By Dale A. Nacke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For the most part, this is a pretty good album. Where it falls short is in the message. This is my first Trans Am album, so I think I need to dig a bit deeper. I like their choice of arrangements and their use of textures.
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