In A Warzone (LP)


Transplants

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Amoeba Review

06/24/2013

Tim Armstrong may be known as much for his skills as a pop songwriter these days, writing for the likes of Pink, as for his punk roots in Rancid and Operation Ivy. And even his punk supergroup with Blink-182’s Travis Barker and Death March’s “Skinhead Rob” Aston had its minute on the charts with “Diamonds and Guns,” the song that landed them on a Garnier Fructis commercial. But In a Warzone is as concerned with punk grit as it is with radio-friendliness. Opener “War Zone” is a hardcore firebomb that’ll scare off anyone looking for an easy singalong. “See it to Believe It” starts like vintage Rancid, with Armstrong’s vulnerable punk dude delivery, while Aston takes the rest of the song into post-apocalyptic hardcore territory. Years of playing in popular punk bands have clearly made Armstrong and Barker in particular yearn to get dirty again. But even then, Armstrong can’t resist pop touches, like the acoustic passages in the catchy “Back to You” and “Come Around,” which veer toward pub rock. And the aptly named “Something Different” swings on a Madchester-style shuffle and slams into a hip-hop beat and a heavy chorus, while the group raps over it. Occasionally the styles don’t jibe and you wish they’d stick with one, but there’s clearly talent to spare here, and by the end you’re won over by Warzone’s freewheeling nature. Fans of any facet of The Transplants’ musical history should find something to like here — In a Warzone proves a band sometimes can successfully try to please everyone and sound like they’re having a great time.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
In A Warzone
Transplants 02:07
2.
See It To Believe It
Transplants 03:05
3.
Back To You
Transplants 02:49
4.
Come Around
Transplants 02:39
5.
Something's Different
Transplants 03:05
6.
Any Of Them
Transplants 02:25


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Silence
Transplants 01:50
2.
All Over Again
Transplants 02:02
3.
It's A Problem
Transplants 03:15
4.
Completely Detach
Transplants 02:00
5.
Gravestones And Burial Plots
Transplants 02:58
6.
Exit The Wasteland
Transplants 01:55

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