October 4th marked the release of a slew of new pop-punk and pop-rock albums. I counted about seven albums that I was definitely interested in checking out. Well, the day has come and gone and I've finally gotten around to listening to all of my anticipated albums for that day. One album in particular stood above all the rest, which was Transit's new full-length, Listen & Forgive.
Listen & Forgive is Transit's best album yet, and is one of the best releases of the year. I was pleasantly surprised by their new direction, musically. Instead of sticking with the norm and pumping out another pop-punk album, they infused much more emotion, slowing the pace a bit. Really, this album is absolutely fantastic musically. For example, "Asleep at the Wheel" boasts some really solid guitar work from Tim Landers combined with some perfectly timed drum play that slowly builds to the brilliantly layered chorus. "Cutting Corners", on the other hand, emits a fast-paced energy reminiscent of earlier Transit albums. The closing track (and perhaps best track on the album), "The Answer Comes in Time", is the perfect fusion of the old Transit combined with the new, which really left a lasting impression on me.
Lyrically, Listen & Forgive is all about dealing with the heartache and anger of a break-up. Those looking for a more positive album may be somewhat turned off by this, but the lyrics really didn't feel so imposing that I had to stop listening out of sheer sadness. Rather, I just wanted to keep listening to the album over and over again. The best lyrics reside in "All Your Heart", which also features Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy. Boynton really vents his anger as he exclaims, "You made me into a monster / So I made you into art / And I gave it to the world / To rip and tear apart". Of course, Boynton's lyrics and voice are extremely consistent throughout the album, which could impart a sense of sameness among the songs. However, I never felt I was listening to the same song over and over. This is in part due to the solid guitar work from Landers, who also adds an extra level to each song with some impressive back-up vocals.
Like I said before, Listen & Forgive is one of the best releases of the year. Transit broke from the normal fast-paced pop-punk sound to create a truly emotional and captivating album. If you had money for only one album that was released on October 4th, Listen & Forgive is the one to get. Definitely check it out!
You can buy Listen & Forgive on iTunes and Amazon, but note that both online versions of the album do not include "The Answer Comes in Time".