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  • Trans Am: Philip Manley (electric guitar, keyboards); Nathan Means (bass, keyboards); Sebastian Thompson (drums, electronic drums).
  • Principally recorded at Idful Music, Chicago, Illinois and WOBC's Studio B, Oberlin, Ohio.
  • Trans Am play mostly big dumb rock (of the tongue-in-cheek variety) on their Thrill Jockey debut, trading Boston and Foreigner licks with a talent for technique and not a little ironic displacement. Absent the irony this would be an absolutely horrendous record, but kept in mind it's an enjoyable, if somewhat expendable listen. ~ Sean Cooper
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Alternative Press (5/96, p.92) - 4 - Well Done - "Trans Am rock. But they do so in a pattern to which we are unaccustomed, extending rock's vocabulary and bending its linguistics..."

Melody Maker (4/13/96, p.39) - "...Trans Am sound like what the children of Can and Kraftwerk might record, left to play in their dads' studios....an engagingly white band (white like James White and Six Finger Satellite) finding their hardcore jollies in the fucking up of garage psyche, Krautrock and synthpop....Excellent."

NME (Magazine) (4/20/96, p.47) - 6 (out of 10) - "Trans Am go further than any noodler has gone before: into a land of time shifts and strange key changes....[their] world is divinely awkward..."
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