Autolux
Transit Transit


4.5
superb

Review

by heymanniceshot USER (1 Reviews)
August 10th, 2010 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Autolux are back with a smoother, more deconstructed sound, yet this is as powerful as their guitar-driven debut.

After 2004′s Future Perfect, Autolux’s monster of a debut album, the new kings (and queen) of modern shoegaze (or whatever you call it) are back, and it was all worth the 6 years wait. With Transit Transit, the band continues to elaborate a heavily experimental sound, this time more *-la Radiohead than My Bloody Valentine.

The first single, “Supertoys” is kind of a “gateway song” from one album to another, since it’s more guitar-driven than the rest of the songs yet more mellow than most of the tracks on Future Perfect. For those wondering if Carla Azar left the groovy grooves for smoother rhythms, you will be extremely delighted with tracks such as “Audience No. 2″ and “Census”. Really, it’s a drummer’s heaven. (check out the tricky paradiddle in the first one!)

“Transit Transit” is a great opener, very representative of the album’s overall sound, in a non-rhythmic, experimental kind of way. The fantastic “Highchair” is the proof that Autolux is a band with a lot of talent and potential. They make you feel emotions such as “holy ***, this is amazing” and “this is… ***ing good” kinda sighs. It’s a very silent appreciation, like your brain was trying to understand the magnificent grandeur of the arrangements.

The dreamy atmosphere on “Spots”, Goreshter’s massive fuzz bass on the bouncing “Kissproof”, the aptly-titled “Headless Sky” (you’ll see why), all of those songs have a little something that make them extremely enjoyable after a few listens, when you’re getting used to the complicated sound of the album.

All in all, Transit Transit is a mind-blowing album, just like its predecessor, only this time the emphasis is put on ambiance and atmosphere rather than raw energy. This is great music, not for everyone though. It’s far too deconstructed to become mainstream, but again, we need more artists like that. Fellas, this is a serious contender for album of the year, all categories included.


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AggravatedYeti
August 10th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album gives me a warm fuzzy feeling.
guess I should read this too hmmmmm.

also first comment on any of your reviews. ever.
go me.

Slipping Away
August 10th 2010


1261 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

only heard it twice so far so I can't compare it to future perfect yet but it definitely rules, thanks for finally reviewing it

DoubtGin
August 10th 2010


6754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i want some more guitar-driven Autolux.. was kinda disappointed

AggravatedYeti
August 10th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is still pretty guitar driven
just not as much bbbzzzz and crunch
but ya I could see your point ;)

eternium
August 15th 2010


16340 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I was planning on doing a review for this, but lately I just haven't felt like writing.

This is great, but not nearly as good as Future Perfect. I miss the heaviness.

joplinpicasso
August 28th 2010


427 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Haha, Sputnik fails for rating this lower than Transit Transit. Might have to review this, because I didn't think this review was as informative as it should be if it's heralding this as one of the albums of the year. Too many instances where you assume the reader will follow you along to something you don't quite flesh out (but it's still musically-minded, nonetheless).

MassiveAttack
September 5th 2010


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I prefer the more guitar-driven base they did on their debut. This isn't bad, but I wasn't into this one as I was on Future Perfect

xfearbefore
October 21st 2010


1248 Comments


Album rules, more people need to be aware of this. "Census" sounds like the greatest song Sonic Youth never recorded. More people need this.

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TheVoiceAndTheSnake
November 9th 2011


3663 Comments


Highchair reminds me something Mercury Rev would do

DoubtGin
November 9th 2011


6754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

most disappointing album of 2010 probably

TheVoiceAndTheSnake
November 9th 2011


3663 Comments


Nah

DoubtGin
November 9th 2011


6754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yah

TheVoiceAndTheSnake
November 29th 2011


3663 Comments


nah



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