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Transit: Listen & ForgiveListen & Forgive (2011)
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: eatdogseatdogs
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There is a change here that’s not so much startling, but more of a progression that was warranted. I noticed it the first time I witnessed Transit perform live. The potential to graduate from upstart hardcore/pop-punkers into a more mature band with hindsight has finally been taken, and with their third full-length, Listen & Forgive, Transit do it amicably. There is a list of things to mention, first with the production. Rise Records have allowed the band to create a great sounding album and one with lasting appeal in regards to current well-made executions. This doesn't feel nor sound like a cheaply done piece, but more of a rewarding gift. I say this because the band deserves it, seeing as how their previous efforts were a bit on the scruffier side. Next and most obvious are the vocals of Joe Boynton. If I had to give out a reward for most improved singer, this guy would win it. You can hear more confidence and a sense of urgency, like this might be his last chance to prove something, which in some cases could perhaps be. He is still familiar, but with a better range that made me think of Chris Conley from Saves the Day, or Kenny Bridges of .Moneen.. What’s upsetting is the almost forgotten, gruff vocals of guitarist Tim Landers. His contribution is mellower and brings to mind the backups of bands like Taking Back Sunday, but without the orgcore.
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