Transit – Listen And Forgive – Review

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This Boston, Massachusetts five-piece has made lengthy strides in the years since they recorded their first EP, “Let It Out“ and began touring around it. Now, two full-lengths and a catalog of Ep’s, 7”s and a split with label mates Man Overboard later, Transit has released their most promising effort to date, “Listen & Forgive.

While many will remember Transit for their past chipper pop punk, this record takes a delightful detour and is far more well-rounded and indie-tinged than anything the band has done before. While the group’s peers, Man Overboard, recently released an energetic, punky effort, Transit‘s “Listen & Forgive” instead pulls influence from the post-rock / intellectually inspiring indie acts like The Dangerous Summer and Balance And Composure. Something that is easily noticed on the album opener, “You Can’t Miss It (It’s Everywhere),” which jets by under the guidance of Tim Landers and Torre Cioffi‘s pleasantly meandering string plucks and an undeniably bouncy pace. Joe Boynton‘s introspective and personal lyrics also paint a lush portrait for the record, like the exert from the easily relatable track, “Long Lost Friends” — “In my dreams, you run back to me. (My long lost friend.) And isn’t it amazing in this world, that anyone can love, anyone at all.” Lyrical gold like this is spread all over “Listen And Forgive,” either as a cheeky jab, like in the Patrick Stump featured “All Your Heart” — “There are two sides to every story, and smaller bits that break from the start. You made me into a monster, so I made you into art” or as a heartfelt admission, like in the layered-vocals and catchy acoustic song “Skipping Stone” — “Every memory is like a skipping stone. You’ll never understand how long it took the tides to bring them back to us. And we grow into those sadder songs, and leave our love behind in every single line. I’m getting good at saying goodbye, saying goodbye.

Listen & Forgive” may require a listen through or two for their beginning fans, but the familiar pop punk of before finds a nice home in the background of this effort, in the radio-friendly, formulaic tracks “Asleep At The Wheel” and “Listen & Forgive.”  In the same hand, this effort doesn’t look to alienate fans, but also doesn’t attempt to remain stagnate in a “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” genre, often interested in making power-chord ballads for an easy buck. The distinction is everything and “Listen & Forgive” takes its time to craft inspiring and telling songs, while retaining a familiar flow through out.

With one of the more surprising efforts this year, it seems Transit has found a well-rounded medium from a maturing indie theme that leaves the majority of filler alone and focuses on creative instrumentation and a charming narrative. Listen and you’re not likely to forget. [Staff]

Score: 4.25 (out of 5)

Release Date: October 4th, 2011
Record Label: Rise Records
Genre: Indie / Pop Rock
RIYL: Fireworks, Balance And Composure, Man Overboard

Track Listing:
1. You Can’t Miss It (It’s Everywhere)
2. Long Lost Friends
3. Listen & Forgive
4. No Such Thing
5. Asleep At The Wheel
6. Cutting Corners
7. Skipping Stone
8. I Think I Know You
9. Don’t Make A Sound
10. 1978
11. Over Your Head

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