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TNT / TRANSISTOR
LABEL: SPITFIRE
OVERALL: 88%
Produced by: TNT
  1. Just Like God
  2. Wide Awake
  3. No Such Thing
  4. Crashing Down
  5. Fantasia Espanola
  6. Because I Love You
  7. The Whole You're In
  8. Mousetrap
  9. Into Pieces
  10. Under My Pillow
  11. No Guarantees
TNT are back with their first album since 1997's Firefly. Not too long a gap between album's but it seems worse after a large unfavorable response to that album. It was heavily experimental and nothing like the guys had done before. It wasn't one of my favorites either.
The release of the awesome Westworld album and the glorious melodies and return of Tony Harnel singing in top form moved anticipation of this new TNT album to new heights.
Is it a return to the glory days of mid 80's TNT? No.
Is it a bloody good album anyway? Yes!
TNT fans will have to go into this record with an open mind, but if they do, they will discover a band that have taken the best of their melodic past, mixed it with heavy 90's production, guitar and vocal effects and samples - while still largely ignoring the influences that made Firefly.
This album is firmly planted in the 90's, but any disappointment there should be offset with the quality of the songs and the strength in production.
This is a very musically intelligent record.
The guys take some risks and there is still a couple of songs that are a bit left of center, but there is a much stronger melody base than Firefly and some classic TNT and Westworld comparisons.
The album opens with the track Just Like God - deemed too 'out there' for the Japanese release - which is true, but I am sure glad it's on the worldwide release.
This track is truly heavy in a major 90's sub industrial way. Filtered vocals start proceedings, leaving you wondering what is coming. Thankfully it is a screaming classic Harnell vocal that oozes melody and charisma. The chorus is really heavy and takes a few listens to get into, but once it does there is no escaping it.
Wide Awake is very Westword in style. A wonderful ballady melodic vocal that reaches new heights and a heavier and even more melodic bridge leads into a chorus that surprisingly doesn't rise any more notches, but is still effective. One of my favourite Harnell tracks ever.
No Such Thing is very modern, with distorted guitars, but it is dark, moody and very melodic at the same time. The vocals are strong and classic style again and the guitars brutal.
The chorus is classic TNT - but updated. If you took out the 90's update, this would be a track from Tell No Tales.
Crashing Down is a more 90's dominated track, with distortions and raspy vocals. It's pace is still pretty furious is another track that takes a few listens.
Fantasia Espanola is the fist ballad of the album. An acoustic at the start, it builds to a full band treatment towards the end. Again there is a modern element here, but it's more the production than the song. The feel and vocals are classic TNT.
Because I Love You is a hard edged guitar track through the verse, but mellows out a little in the chorus into a sort of power rock ballad. Some great guitar and interesting drum rhythms, it is modern yet very melodic.
The Whole You're In is 90's all the way. This is a heavily guitar driven experimental track - still nothing like Firefly, but out there a little bit.
Mousetrap is a real groove driven tune. Heavy, funky and modern again. The vocals are more traditional TNT, but I am still not sure I totally dig the chorus. A little experimental.
Into Pieces starts with more cool drum loops and rhythms and that slightly hip hop drum loop effect backing the track. The verse is heavy and raw, the vocals dark. Not bad, but another track that will need repeated listening.
Under My Pillow is a really pretty acoustic ballad. It's just Tony and an acoustic guitar, with a hint of a female accompanying vocal. The band join in to finish the song, before it turns again to the acoustic, which is a nice touch.
No Guarantees is quite the opposite! This, like the first track is totally in your face. Furiously heavy, fast paced, angry vocals and lyrics really make this track go off. It is the heaviest thing I have heard the guys do!
A big 90's punk rocker, but what a song.
So that is the much awaited new TNT album. In my opinion it will not make every fans day, but should at least in part repair the damage from their last album for some.
For others it should be a welcome addition to your TNT collection and while it may not be Tell No Tales or Realized Fantasies, it sure as hell is worth picking up.
There are some very memorable songs on here. With hints of Westworld's melodic brilliance and Tony Harnell's tremendous vocal performance, this should be remembered as a very solid and intelligent release.
PRODUCTION: 92%SONGS: 87%VIBE: 85%ATTITUDE: 88%
ESSENTIAL FOR: Most TNT fans, some Westworld fans. Modern but melodic hard rock fans.
DISCOGRAPHY: TNT . Knights Of The New Thunder . Tell NO Tales . Intuition . Realized Fantasies . Three Nights In Tokyo . Till Next Time . Firefly . Transistor


17/05/07: G. Thrill - griffshark@gmail.com
Rating: 95
This is way late but I have to say that as a TNT fan from the beginning that I think this is their best work. TNT takes the ideas of playing talent and attitude of the 80's and updates it for the present. Why people would expect a band to do the same thing they did 10-15 years ago, I don't understand. if you don't already own it, or haven't heard it lateky, you have to get it and listen.

20/01/07: Alex Smith - darthsmythe@aol.com
Rating: 80
My Picks:
Just Like God- A cool track, with really loud guitars and soaring vocals. Le Tekro shreds on the solo!
The Whole You're Inn- A bass driven song,with Morty ripping on his Spector, with Le Tekro using the wah pedal to awesome effect thoroughout the song. Plus, At the beginning, Harnell lets out a death growl. 0_o This was amusing and entertaining for me.
I give it this score only because of these songs. The rest are meh.

21/01/05: Victor Cordero - cordero107@hotmail.com
Rating: 100
Hi this is Victor Cordero from San Juan Puerto Rico you are the best band in the World when do you come to San Juan please come,the dream concert you and firehouse

28/08/03: Dan colwell - dckc2793@aol.com
Rating: 100
This rocks. I love the updated sound but, it still has the tnt sound great job guys

10/01/03: Howard Arenz - robertarenz@juno.com
Rating: 100
To be real honest I wasn' too thrilled with TRANSISTOR when I first got it, when it came out. But now I can't grab any cd's to listen to unless I have TRANSISTOR. It is definitley my favorite TNT cd by far.

05/08/02: DAVID - DAVID.GARCIAZ@GRUPOBBVA.COM
Rating: 100
PERO QUE COJONES DICE EL ESCALOPE. LO QUE LOS VERDADEROS FANS DE TNT QUEREMOS ES QUE TONY, RONNIE, MORTY Y DIESEL O EL BATERÍA QUE TENGAN HAGAN MÚSICA. CUALQUIER COSA QUE HAGAN ARRASARÁ A CUALQUIER OTRA BANDA. TRANSISTOR ES SUPERIOR A CUALQUIER DISCO EN EL MUNDO POR TEMAS, PRODUCCIÓN, INTERPRETACIÓN... NADA EN EL MERCADO DISCOGRÁFICO SE PARECE A TRANSISTOR. TIENE UN SONIDO ÚNICO Y UNAS CANCIONES ÚNICAS. VAN MUY POR DELANTE DE LOS DEMÁS. OTRA COSA ES QUE GENTE COMO EL ESCALOPE NO LOS ENTIENDA. NO ES UN VERDADERO FAN DE TNT. ESTE ES UN DISCO PARA ESCUCHAR SIN NINGÚN PREJUICIO. NO ES PARA SIMPLES (TOMA NOTA FILETE). ES LO MENOS QUE SE MERECEN. SON LOS MEJORES. LARGA VIDA A TNT. TNT FOREVER SHINE ON!

24/07/02: david - DAVID.GARCIAZ@GRUPOBBVA,COM
Rating: 100
I´m a great fan of TNT. They are my favorite band in the world. I love "Tell No Tales", "Realized..." and all their records. But sincerely, my favourite album is "Transistor". I think with this album they are many steps forward any other bands in the world. I´m an old fan of them since 1984, but "Transistor" is the best album I´ve ever heard in my life.

07/10/00: scott - river00@peoplepc.com
Rating: 90
No disappointment here.

28/09/00: Tony - Yoshinkan@ozemail.com.au
Rating: 70
I can't understand what TNT are doing on this CD. I personally loved Firefly and despised most of Realised Fantsies - I was hoping this one would be a progression from Firefly, but it seems to be stuck in the middle of nowhere - no progression evident here to my ears. Yet it's infinately preferable to most things coming out nowadays.

21/05/00: Realized - real1@hotmail.com
Rating: 90
Alright, it's not "Tell No Tales" or "Realized Fantasies" but this album definately has some great songs in it. It takes a few listens to take it all in but the songs grow on your quickly! It's great to see them back again!!

31/01/00: troy - tnt13@ecenet.com
Rating: 50
Yet another 80's band has dabbled in t90's sound and technology; seemingly leaving their hair metal roots in the dust. Fortunately Tony Harnell and Ronnie LeTekro have the talent to make this listenable as with any TNT release. "Under My Pillow" is the ballad they should have written 10 years ago to get them in thge mainstream.

14/01/00: Shredd - Scallopednecks@aol.com
Rating: 53
A few decent songs. The opening track makes any TNT fan disapointed. Tonys voice is great as usually and Ronnie holds back a little. Some of the songs grow on you as long as you listen to it more than once. The songs I thought were good were Wide Awake, Mouse Trap, Because I love you...If they would just do the stuff that got them their fans!!!!


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