100 Unheralded Albums from 2010

Trans AmThing (Thrill Jockey, 4/20/10)

Trans Am: “Heaven’s Gate”
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Began as a sci-fi soundtrack for a project that fell apart, Thing is Trans Am‘s most ambitious — and greatest — album to date.

The trio’s spacey synth rock is at its most dynamic and dramatic, and its jestful elements are all absent again. Infused with more Goblin or John Carpenter influences, Thing is darker than anything else Trans Am has done, but it never loses its head-banging MO.   It marks a milestone for Trans Am and hopefully portends sounds to come.

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