Twin Atlantic
Transparency


3.0
good

Review

by Jesper L. CONTRIBUTOR (103 Reviews)
January 7th, 2022 | 12 replies


Release Date: 01/07/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: you are one cheeky wee shite

Throughout their career, Twin Atlantic have never been able to shake off a persistent identity crisis. This limbo, as unfortunate as it sounds, isn’t all bad: in fact, it has been quite enjoyable for the most part. Besides an early-2010’s phase where choruses just got bigger and bigger, there has never been a clear trajectory for the band’s music. 2016’s GLA? Chunky riffs and chunky vocals. 2020’s Power? No riffs and no-impact vocals. Now, two years after their blandest record and down yet another member, the Scots return with Transparency. As always, it’s not exactly progressing the Twin Atlantic sound (whatever that may be) in any particular direction, but it does achieve some progress in terms of the overall quality of the group’s music.

Transparency retains many of the indie pop stylings of Power while implementing an actual pulse (nice!). Melodies appear to serve a purpose again, even if that purpose ends up doing nothing more than saving tracks from the unforgivable depths of boringness. While ‘Young’ adds approximately nothing to any musical landscape, its pleasant bounciness is more than enough to make for a highly enjoyable cut. Similarly, ‘Bang on the Gong’ implements some questionable artistic choices, but thrives off this very weirdness. Its grooves feel counterintuitive; its lyrics atrociously intriguing and intriguingly atrocious: “More champagne? / Write your letter in cocaine! / Solid choice! / Glasgow or Detroit? / Overpriced”. While every song shares a similarly glossy production style, the record flows rather awkwardly. Yet, this hardly presents a major issue: many songs appear intentionally awkward enough to prevent clumsiness from being a problem. Look no further than ‘It’s Getting Dark’; a piano ballad that excellently builds up to what could and perhaps should have been a guitar-infused climax… before simply ending and flowing into the highly danceable closing cut ‘Instigator’. It’s not even surprising, disappointing, or detracting from the record’s quality: it simply is what it is.

Occasionally, Transparency’s vaguely bland weirdness pays off. ‘One Man Party’ is an absolute banger, embracing oddball melodies and a ridiculous(ly fun) chorus to achieve its strangely satisfying atmosphere. Naturally, Sam McTrusty’s lyrics make approximately no sense, but who cares about what is being said when it’s being said in a thicc Glaswegian accent? “Block your ace living on beaches / Georgia without no peaches / Content, content for rent”? Yeah, totally agreed dude. Simply put, Transparency is a weird little record that makes strange choices without any apparent ambitions, but that’s fine. It’s pleasant enough while it’s on, and that seems to be all we can ask for from Twin Atlantic in 2022.



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JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
January 7th 2022


3857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

most quotable album i have heard in a while lmao, here's another gem: Frank Sinatra / Champagne / Fizzy bubbles, I'm on that bass train / Konichiwa / Sayonara / Feels goo



anyway yes 2021 is off to a 3/5 start, hooray

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YoYoMancuso
Contributing Reviewer
January 7th 2022


15311 Comments


nice review as always friend, #100 up next woohoo!

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NorwichScene
January 7th 2022


3185 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

10 years since their last great album. Not even interested in listening to this

SublimeSound
January 7th 2022


55 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice write up!



This is pretty good. Plenty of crunchy and punchy bops. But I agree that it feels kind of bland and directionless.

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
January 8th 2022


3857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thx hotties! i'm mostly just glad this isn't as bad as power, cuz yikes that one wasn't good

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
January 9th 2022


44405 Comments


Saw this band live when all they had out was their first EP and have never checked a single thing they've done whoops
vaguely bland weirdness is my fetish maybe this should change yeah mmm

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JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
January 9th 2022


3857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

vivarium is the only rly great thing they've ever done, gla is a personal fav

check 'one man party' from this and if it brings you more joy than cringe you may dig this album

Teal
January 10th 2022


231 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This band should just get put down. It's kind of a shame what they've become since the first EP and Free. I've never seen a band squander such a bright future.

henryChinaski
January 11th 2022


4489 Comments


"vivarium is the only rly great thing they've ever done"

^this. Actually bought that one back in the day...Had no idea they're still around.

dmathias52
Contributing Reviewer
January 13th 2022


1647 Comments


I remember being pumped about buying the CD for Fee after seeing the video for Make a Beat of Myself and then I was super worried to play it around the house cause of Yes, I Was Drunk

Didn't know these guys still made music. Might check just to swear that accent again and because this review taught me the singer's name is McTrusty, which is brilliant

NorwichScene
January 13th 2022


3185 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Curiosity got the better of me. It’s poor as expected, wonder who’s buying this

Soupy
January 20th 2022


43 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Mad this is the same band who put out GLA not that long ago. My god this is a boring record.



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