Transit
Listen & Forgive (Reissue)


4.5
superb

Review

by Josh Howe USER (18 Reviews)
February 5th, 2013 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Music that may define this generation in the years to come.

Music, what is its purpose? To evoke emotion out of the listener through the instruments used, or the lyrics sung by the vocalist? It's both. Music has evolved and changed dramatically in the last 50 years. From the almost obscene success of King Elvis Presley, and The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones. Music can influence fad’s, trend’s, and even the culture that is followed by many people around the world. Most people are influenced by what their favorite music star is wearing, or even doing and copying it. But with the evolution of music, some things are left behind. With the mainstream music business the way it is now, where some can influence people in the wrong way, the reason of why we love music so much has been lost. Music can define us as humans and also can define the generation we live in. I believe the next generation of music is upon us, and the breakout genre of music is pop-punk, this revolution starts with this amazing Listen And Forgive album by Transit.

When l first heard of Transit, it was through the Facebook page of Rise Records. A record label notorious for its signing of generic metal core acts. I, at first dismissed the band thinking they would fit into the mold of another metal core act. But when l first listened, l didn't enjoy it but after several listens i started to hear the amazing passion from vocalist Joe Boynton and when l listened to the instruments, they all mended together so perfectly. The lyrics were also very relatable. This is certainly not an album that you can judge on it's merits after 1 listen. It's taken me a dozen or more listens to really be able to breakdown this album, and come to the conclusion of how great this album really is.

The addition of new opener ‘’I Told You So’’, and the alternate version of album standout ‘’Skipping Stone’’, perfectly illustrates Transit’s new direction away from their previous sound in predecessors ‘’Keep This To Yourself and ‘’This Will Not Define Us. Original release opener ‘’You Can’t Miss It'' (''It’s Everywhere'') is also a great kick off to the next 45 minutes of incredibly enjoyably music, the way music is supposed to be. ‘’Long Lost Friends’’ deals with the inevitable separation from friends after high school, and how time and space can change your life. This is one of the standouts, due to how relatable it is to so many people that have experienced it. There are so many highlights on this album, that it is almost impossible to pick a favorite.

Title track ‘’Listen And Forgive’’ is another one you will have in your head due it’s fantastic and catchy chorus. ‘’All Your Heart’’ can be dismissed due to the involvement of Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy fame, but is a fantastic song combining a great chorus with respectable back-up vocals from Stump. ‘’Asleep At The Wheel’’ is another single that is slower but packs a great punch with another great chorus. ‘’Cutting Corners’’ is the fastest on the album and has one of the catchiest choruses I've ever heard, definitely one you can’t skip. ‘’Skipping Stone’’ is the standout on this album. Both the album acoustic version and alternate version are as good as each other. The acoustic gives it a more intimate feel but the alternate with the addition of drums gives it a more heavy feel. It’s like listening to 2 different songs that are both great. Everything in the song just works perfectly.

Now at the back end of the album ‘’I Think I Know You’’ slows things down, but retains a catchiness the entire album has strived for, and has certainly achieved. ‘’1978’’ is another standout, with a brilliant opening, and once again shows how strong Joe Boynton is in the song writing department. This album definitely has no filler. The guitarists Tim Landers and Torre Cioffi who also contribute brilliant back-up vocals are able to create incredible moods within each song, making them even more enjoyable. Daniel Frazier shows us that he can also change things up on drums, but also contributes great beats and keeps the songs moving smoothly. All in all, this is a highly impressive album. If you are unfamiliar with this band, i urge you to give them a few minutes of your time.

This album may very well be the Ocean Avenue by Yellowcard of this generation. I personally am a big fan of Yellowcard and can definitely see myself listening to this album in years to come. I will be 28 in 10 years. Will we be still talking and listening to this album? Will we be enjoying it as much as we did from the 1st day it was released? We don't know what the future has to hold but if that's the case, than that is a sign of a fantastic record.



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joshieboy12345
February 5th 2013


5370 Comments


This album has gotten a solid playing from myself over the past couple of months. Saw the deluxe didn't have a review, thought l would write one. I am a huge fan of Transit and really wanted to write a review on this amazing Listen and Forgive album. Although a bit lengthy, l thought i would have to write more than usual to explain my high rating. Constructive criticism is welcomed.

EyeForAnEye
February 5th 2013


1692 Comments


Very great band. I used to see them back in 2008 when they used to shows with Late Nite Wars (another great Pop Punk band) and they always put on great shows and it was even cooler to see them with like, 10 people instead of a few hundred or so, which they can do easily now.

EyeForAnEye
February 5th 2013


1692 Comments


Very great band. I used to see them back in 2008 when they used to shows with Late Nite Wars (another great Pop Punk band) and they always put on great shows and it was even cooler to see them with like, 10 people instead of a few hundred or so, which they can do easily now.

LifeAsAChipmunk
February 5th 2013


4854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

okay shtuff

henryChinaski
February 5th 2013


2767 Comments


"the alternate version of skipping stones is so fucking good it's ridiculous."

^ this. Their new album comes on April 2nd according to absolutepunk.

Edit: Oh it's in the site news already :]

Digging: Empires - Orphan

LifeAsAChipmunk
February 5th 2013


4854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

what direction will they go this time?

LifeAsAChipmunk
February 5th 2013


4854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the album art for the regular version of this is absolutely prestine

henryChinaski
February 5th 2013


2767 Comments


Agreed!

joshieboy12345
February 5th 2013


5370 Comments


So yay or nay on the review argument? Am l completely off the mark with the direction l took with this review? Or did l get it spot on. Feedback would be appreciated.

deandeg
February 6th 2013


13 Comments


"I believe the next generation of music is upon us, and the breakout genre of music is pop-punk, this revolution starts with this amazing Listen And Forgive album by Transit."


What!?

pepster50
February 6th 2013


329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I agree. I love the full instrumental version of skipping stones ! Awesome album, just checked it out like a week ago !

joshieboy12345
February 6th 2013


5370 Comments


Just a personal belief that the next few years of music, could possibly be heavily influenced by fantastic pop-punk bands including Transit, The Story So Far, Handguns, The American Scene and more. There may be a time where one of these bands could become as big as Blink 182 did in the 90's.

pepster50
February 6th 2013


329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I hope so. The mainstream scene needs to move away from this shitty pop music performed by artists who have no talent.

joshieboy12345
February 7th 2013


5370 Comments


You're right andcas, but one can only hope that we see Transit or another deserving band get the recognition they deserve.

pepster50
February 8th 2013


329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I'm stuck on rating this... a 4 or 4.5 i don't know !!!!!

joshieboy12345
February 9th 2013


5370 Comments


Haha, dude i'm actually close to 5'ing this. A bare minimum for this album is a 4.

pepster50
February 9th 2013


329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

The majority of it is great, but there's a few songs I don't care for. But I decided not to let them bring my rating down. If I took all the songs I love, you would have more than a full albums worth. 4.5d

joshieboy12345
February 11th 2013


5370 Comments


Yeah fair enough. The bonus songs at the end of this don't get as much of a listen as the middle of the album. So l would have to listen to those songs a dozen times and if i love them it's a 5.

pepster50
February 12th 2013


329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

i enjoy the bonus songs. Skipping Stone (alt version) is probably my favorite song on the album. The songs I don't like are "Don't Make A Sound" and "1978".

and ya that new song has some really cool instrumentation, but that chorus is a turnoff for me. The production seemed a little muddy as well.

joshieboy12345
February 12th 2013


5370 Comments


Be a major disappointment if it did blow. Are you serious pepster50? Don't Make A Sound and 1978 are awesome. I'm not that into The Answer Comes In Time or For Future Reference. Yeah Nothing Lasts Forever was a strange song. Vocals were wierd, and the chorus was like wtf is this. Hopefully it's the weakest song on the album, i'm sure their will be at least a few gems in it.



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