Transit
Young New England


4.0
excellent

Review

by JackSparrow USER (9 Reviews)
April 10th, 2013 | 86 replies | 7,203 views


Release Date: 04/02/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Despite some poor vocal performances and subpar lyrics, Transit creates another great soundtrack for summer memories.

8 of 9 thought this review was well written

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” Transit gave us these words on their last LP, 2011’s acclaimed “Listen and Forgive.” The album was a step in a new direction for the band, drawing less from their older, straightforward pop punk and incorporating elements from emo bands such as American Football and Sunny Day Real Estate. “Listen and Forgive” was a joy to listen to; filled with the sort of heartfelt lyrics and melodies that worked to create a memorable album of summer tunes and anthems. The lead vocals of Joe Boynton blended smoothly with the sweet guitar lines from guitarist and backup vocalist Tim Landers and added emotional depth to the music. Transit proved on “Listen and Forgive” that they were more than capable of producing an album that was not only fresh, but enjoyable. It comes as no surprise that Transit’s 2013 offering “Young New England” is also a pleasant album filled with many of the elements that made their previous effort such a success.

While not necessarily an improvement over “Listen and Forgive,” “Young New England” shows Transit settling into their niche of emo-pop punk. The clean melodies from their last album are as present as ever, the songwriting is above par, and the songs have their place, for the most part at least. Songs like opener “Nothing Lasts Forever” and “Weathered Souls” see the band acknowledging their newfound sense of direction while simultaneously nodding to Transit’s past. The former, “Nothing Lasts Forever,” weaves in and out of its calm verses and upbeat choruses effortlessly, displaying a sense of dynamics that the rest of the album builds on. The song works quite well as an opener; the vocals never attempt to overpower the music nor the other way around despite being a fast-paced song. The chorus will stick in your head just like 2011’s “You Can’t Miss It (It’s Everywhere)” did, showing that Transit have not lost their way. “Weathered Souls” is a different sort of tale. Although the first half of the song is more of the same clean, upbeat, emo-infused pop punk we’ve come to expect from the band. The second half of the song settles into a blend of a ballad and an anthem. “Grow up, go on, but don’t be forgotten,” Boynton sings over a gentle rhythm section, yet the song resonates more and more with each repetition of the lyric. Moments like these remind the listener that Transit knows what works, and more importantly, what works really well.

While songs like “Second to Right” and “Summer Me” deliver the positive vibes and melodies that are expected from Transit, the title track and closer “Lake Q” see the band perfecting their definitive, emo-pop punk sound. An ode to their home in Boston, MA, “Young New England” is a fantastic song. Opening with what sounds at first like out of place gang vocals, the song quickly turns into a wonderful anthem of reminiscence. With lyrics like, “We traded in our small towns for those big city dreams,” Transit display what it takes to move on from your origins while maintaining an identity. The backup chants of “oh, young New England” keep the song moving along while complementing the music nicely. “”Young New England” also parallels “Listen and Forgive” in the way that the closer is a strong track. “Lake Q” is every bit as touching and memorable as “Over Your Head,” featuring some great guitar work and solid snare drum rolls. The song is a proper send off, closing the album on a slow-paced and emotional note.

While Transit is able to succeed with instrumentation and dynamics, they falter this time around in lyrical depth and vocals. While songs on “Listen and Forgive” told stories of estranged relationships and summer memories with poetic insight, some of the songs on “Young New England” don’t seem to really go anywhere lyrically. Sure, there are relatable lines, but many lack a sense of creativity and come off as vague. The lyrics on songs such as “Lake Q” fail to live up to the standard Transit established on “Listen and Forgive”. For a band that has written an entire album filled with insightful lyrics that anyone could relate with, repetitive songs like “Don’t Go Don’t Stray” really can’t cut it. It doesn’t help that Boynton’s vocals are a little shaky this time around. His performance on “Young New England” is inconsistent. “Hang It Up” is a pretty weak song, with his vocals coming off as awkward and uninspired. There are some odd, “woah oh ohs” in “Hazy,” creating a choppy song. These vocal weaknesses are worsened by the fact that they are obviously the weak point of the music. The musicianship is on par with “Listen and Forgive,” expect soft strumming and clean picking in addition to creative beats from drummer Daniel Frazier. With the band set on perfecting their blend of emo and pop punk, it’s a shame the vocals don’t carry their weight.

“Young New England” isn’t a crowning achievement for Transit like “Listen and Forgive” was, but it is one hell of a fun, memorable, and relatable album. The stomping rhythms and chants of “Boston never drinks alone” from the title track and the infectious chorus from “So Long, So Long” will resonate with you after the last snare rolls in “Lake Q.” With “Young New England” Transit have affirmed that they possess the creative ability necessary to follow-up an album as excellent as “Listen and Forgive.” “Although the lyrics and their delivery need some fine-tuning, this doesn’t detract too much from the music and the album is definitely worth a listen. “Young New England” is the nostalgic soundtrack to a set of summer nights, and the ups and downs associated with them.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
JackSparrow
April 10th 2013



1686 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Wanted to give another view of the album. Any feedback is appreciated.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 10th 2013



19624 Comments


fantastic review and love the way you closed it out. pos

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JackSparrow
April 10th 2013



1686 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hey thanks a lot man! I had some free time and figured I'd write a counter point to the other review. Realistically this is like a 3.7 but I gave it the bump up

skoopy48
April 10th 2013



1471 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

good review, enjoyed this album for the most part

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 10th 2013



19624 Comments


no problem and yeah i know what you mean glad you gave it a 4 cause it needed a more positive review ;)

JackSparrow
April 10th 2013



1686 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I thought that at first, I was pretty disappointed. But the album turned out to be more enjoyable on the 2nd and 3rd listen. Hopefully gonna see them again in May

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 10th 2013



19624 Comments


get that negativity out of here!

JackSparrow
April 10th 2013



1686 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I second that

skoopy48
April 10th 2013



1471 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I agree a little andcas. I think the album for the most part is very solid but the production, vocals, and 2 or 3 songs drag down quite a bit.

JackSparrow
April 10th 2013



1686 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I think a lot of the problem is that most songs, with the exception of Young New England and Lake Q, are just good rather than great. And some aren't good at all. Everything on Listen and Forgive flowed pretty well and all of the songs were awesome

joshieboy12345
April 10th 2013



5370 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Pos'd. Definitely growing on me. I still rate L&F as one of my all time favourite albums, and they would have to do something amazing to better it. This has some great moments, but some other moments which drag it down. Still a very solid band and album.

AtomicShane
April 10th 2013



1764 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pos'd. That was a good read

pepster50
April 10th 2013



328 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

good review. I disagree though, especially about the instrumentation. Nowhere near as good as L&F. None of the riffs jump out at you on first listen.

AwakeningDay
April 11th 2013



2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree with you entirely, captain Jack.

JackSparrow
April 11th 2013



1686 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks for all of the pos-ing. I can see why people don't like this as much, Hazy is a pretty bad song. I skip it every time

JackSparrow
April 17th 2013



1686 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I definitely like this less than I did when I wrote this

pepster50
April 17th 2013



328 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

comon bring that rating down then ;)

J0ckstrapsFTW
April 17th 2013



3652 Comments


Wow i dont like the production what happened their last album was so fuckin good

JackSparrow
April 17th 2013



1686 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I still like it andcas but the weaknesses are so apparent

CakeWithCream
April 17th 2013



1021 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

average is a 3.2 now, now tied with Let It Out as their lowest rated release



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