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The New Transit Direction

The New Transit Direction: Wonderful Defense MechanismsWonderful Defense Mechanisms (2004)
Some Records

Reviewer Rating: 2.5


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Disappointment, frustration, and indifference: the three things that hit me the hardest when The New Transit Direction graced my stereo with their Wonderful Defense Mechanisms. The debut full-length from the reserved, melancholic indie rockers finds them lacking the ability to harness their own. .
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Disappointment, frustration, and indifference: the three things that hit me the hardest when The New Transit Direction graced my stereo with their Wonderful Defense Mechanisms.

The debut full-length from the reserved, melancholic indie rockers finds them lacking the ability to harness their own. While TNTD is certainly creative in using their guitar-driven ballads to try and get all points across, most of these points simply stop midway. It's clear they've got the creativity to make something that grabs the listener by the throat only to calm them down with soft, cantering melodies, which they do occasionally, but their annoying overindulgence on awkward start/stop rhythms fronting mostly bland, boring moments kills any chance for what could be a great cohesiveness. Think of early Northstar with an emphasis on slow, Midwest rock over Long Island pop-punk, a more filled-out sound, aurally, and more filler, physically.

Jon Congleton (90 Day Men, The Paper Chase) does a wonderful job at the knobs, though. WDM's producer/mixer expands the atmospheric conditions of the mellowest moments on the disc while leaving the more rocking moments as is and mixing up the effects on the vocals well.

Sure, it's got its aforementioned flashes of brilliance; take the nifty splashes of riffing across "To the Sea," the distorted vocal yelps in opener "Fictional," the drum stick-snicker of "Pieces," or the more accessible, albeit sincere chorus of "Houston." Times like these are scattered all over the album â?? why can't they all be in the same song? And if they could, would a song this strong appear more than once?

I know there are some great tracks waiting to be written from these guys, but seeing as how this is only a debut, their patience to do so suits fine as a wonderful defense mechanism.

MP3s
Survival 101
Out the Lights

 


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Anonymous (September 10, 2004)

Saw TNTD recently....the show kicked ass... the guys in the band are pretty cool, too...the albums good but not exactly my favorite...but hey, they are fairly new so I'll definitely be expecting some really great stuff from them later on.

-thatch

Angelina (September 3, 2004)

OOOPS - I meant to give them 5 Stars!!

Angelina (September 3, 2004)

This C.D. is AWESOME!! It's one of my favorites and i have listened to it a hundred times. I think they have something special and hope they make it big someday - if only they could get some kinda decent promotion! These guys ROCK!
Love, Angelina

Anonymous (August 4, 2004)

i liked this album alot! i think tntd should be up there instead of the used!

Anonymous (August 2, 2004)

I got this CD at the release show ,and I must say it ROCKS! The New Transit Direction put on a Awsome Live show ! And what a great light show ,the strobe was DOPE during the Drummers solo, DOPE ! I dare you all to go and by this CD and listen too it ,and don't be surprised if it's the only CD you listen too either......

Anonymous (July 28, 2004)

"Saw them open for the used. Gay.

-Costanza"

Is it just me, or is the happening of george costanza going to a the used show just unimaginable?

i always thought he were more of a weezer guy.

Anonymous (July 28, 2004)

i saw these guys maybe a year ago on tour with Form of Rocket. they're not bad, but Form of Rocket is way way way better.

Anonymous (July 28, 2004)

i saw them with the used too and was very impressed but im let down by the cd

Anonymous (July 28, 2004)

to the "guy who saw them open for the used" -- you're gay. this band rocks

ElVaquero (July 28, 2004)

Some Records released No Division. They also signed Form Of Rocket.

This score is for those two things.

Anonymous (July 28, 2004)

Saw them open for the used. Gay.

-Costanza

Anonymous (July 28, 2004)

maybe it's just me, but i love this album. i've been waiting a long time for it too....TNTD rocks.

mykindofmurder (July 27, 2004)

i like some midwest rock and some long island rock. but i do not appreciate early Northstar. the second album was tight though, polyanna.

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