Transit
Young New England


3.0
good

Review

by Sam Cowen USER (17 Reviews)
April 3rd, 2013 | 151 replies


Release Date: 04/02/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Grow up, go on.

With Listen & Forgive, Transit managed to move away from their previously straight pop-punk sound into something a little different, something with more personality. It was a summer record. Not one for bright days, but for sunset evenings. It was hopeful, yet nostalgic and regretful at the same time. It was a perfect example of how to diversify and grow as a band, yet not abandon your roots. It was, in short, a fantastic record. So it's with great anticipation that Transit have released their third full-length, Young New England.

Out of the gates, the first track and single, Nothing Lasts Forever, is impressive. Cheesy intro aside, the guitar playing is reminiscent of The Gaslight Anthem at their most infectious, and is one of the most summery tunes the band have penned.

The experimentation shown is hit-and-miss, but there are some tracks that really pull it off. Lake Q's The-Dangerous-Summer-meets-Jimmy-Eat-World-like vibe is a great way to close the album. The title track has a great singalong, campfire feel to it, and it really paints a picture of the bands hometown that will be relatable to anyone over the angsty hometown hatred of their teenage years. Thanks For Nothing, meanwhile, would have fit in on Listen & Forgive easily, and features a standout moment as the music fades while Boynton quietly sings "You left a note right where you left me, 'Thanks for nothing.' "

Sadly, while the majority of the songs aren't bad, they just lack anything to make them as memorable as those from previous releases. It's a great shame, as Transit are clearly still a talented band. Even in the weaker songs, they still know how to write a catchy chorus, and the instrumentalists know how to deal with the more sombre moments, as singer Boynton rattles off the more introspective and regretful lyrics.

Overall the album simply feels a little rushed. Summer, Me takes lyrical elements from songs they have already put out on Listen & Forgive, meanwhile Hazy is a song that has sleep-inducing verses, and Boynton's vocals simply aren't good enough to support such a minimalist approach. This is in no way helped by the production. Despite being produced by the same person who did The Gaslight Anthem's Handwritten, the production is shaky at best. The vocals are affected most of all while the lead guitar on Nothing Lasts Forever, for example, is an album highlight, yet the production almost ruins that too.

Despite this, with better production, and more time spent on song writing itself, Transit could easily produce the record this was clearly meant to be. Perhaps Young New England isn't entirely a success, but it's a step in a more unique, laid-back, direction for a great band.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
IfYouRun
April 3rd 2013


293 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Fairly quick write up. Production, especially on the vocals, stops this being a 3.5 for me. Ideally it would be somewhere inbetween a 3 and 3.5, it may go up over time.

taxidermist
April 3rd 2013


7203 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Seems like a quick write up. Some of the paragraphs can be combined. Id say do that so they're not so small.

AlecBaldwin
April 3rd 2013


147 Comments


Pos from me. Your review is solid, you hit the key points. You could make your reviews more in depth in the future, though.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2013


19790 Comments


Decent review definitely agreed about opening track

Digging: Spectral Lore - III

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2013


19790 Comments


2nd track rules too damn where the hell is andcas

MarkTheDead
April 3rd 2013


650 Comments


This already streamed?! Is it really that mediocre?

surprisefriend
April 3rd 2013


310 Comments


TRANZIT IS AWESOME I GOT TO ROUND 15 ONCE

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2013


19790 Comments


no i dig it check the first 2 tracks and yeah entire album is streaming on spotify and the individual songs are on youtube.

MarkTheDead
April 3rd 2013


650 Comments


Ah, I'll give it a listen when I get home. Can't really spin it at work without pissing everyone off.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2013


19790 Comments


does your work now allow headphones? lol

Cygnatti
April 3rd 2013


21352 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

This is a solid 2.4 for me.

Digging: Jon Hopkins - Immunity

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2013


19790 Comments


ugh the lyrics and guitars make it at least a 3.5

MarkTheDead
April 3rd 2013


650 Comments


Not at all, I can kiss my office space goodbye if they caught me. xD

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2013


19790 Comments


dude i'd quit my job if i couldn't listen to music lol but seriously this is good stuff and the vocals/choruses aren't as bad as andcas or cyg will tell you

MarkTheDead
April 3rd 2013


650 Comments


The lyrics are solid too??

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2013


19790 Comments


fuck yeah they are. i don't even mind the title track because the lyrics rule even if the vocals are kinda different.

MarkTheDead
April 3rd 2013


650 Comments


Alright, I'll keep an open mind when checking it out. I've heard quite a bit of trash about it from friends, but they're all jaded.

ervoca
April 3rd 2013


11 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I really liked the title track Young New England and Lake Q, Nothing Lasts Forever was fine, but nothing other than the first two mentioned really stuck with me, making it a very forgettable record imo.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2013


19790 Comments


listen to the album more than once

Cygnatti
April 3rd 2013


21352 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

The lyrics are okay, but these choruses are seriously pissing me off. Everything on this is
ridiculously lazy for them. It's like they weren't trying on this.

I spun this two more times, and each and every time, I'm liking it less and less. It's so bad, it
makes me want to give Listen & Forgive a 4/5.



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