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Liberation Transmission

Lostprophets

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Album Review

Liberation Transmission is the third effort from Lostprophets, though it's debatable whether many (at least stateside) remember much of the Wales post-grunge troupe outside of the massive success of their 2004 single "Last Train Home." The band is down to five players this time around, following the 2005 departure of drummer Mike Chiplin, but with the enrollment of Josh Freese (the Vandals, A Perfect Circle, etc. etc) behind the drum kit, you can be assured the rhythm section's backbone is adequately covered. For much of the album — from its red/black/white color scheme and extended song titles to the band's newly austere yet fashionable images — Lostprophets seem to be musically capitalizing on the sonic guitar-driven splendor that initially thrust them into the public's eye, while visually appealing more to fans beyond the confines of the Hoobastank/ Linkin Park crowd. In conjunction with the aforementioned color palate, there's an underlying war-torn theme of bleak, frustrated, and fed up sentiments propelling the vaguely anti-militaristic feeling of early songs. And even if the band's motivations don't appear to be politically driven all the way through, they still seem to be relying on a general life disillusionment to rally behind with a resounding cry. Tracks like the urgent fury of "Everyday Combat" and the impassioned "For All These Times Son, For All These Times" are guitar-crashing, keyboard-laced explosions of sound amid a steady backdrop of emphatic background vocals. But then they throw in numbers like the playful bounce of "Can't Catch Tomorrow (Good Shoes Won't Save You This Time)" and the slight funk-groove of "A Town Called Hypocrisy" to show a bit more welcomed flexibility than just brash, bottled aggression. Empowered lead single "Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)" is definitely trying to re-create the magic of "Last Train Home"; while it comes close in its opening reliance on the more fragile edge of Ian Watkins' voice, the eventual buildup into surging chorus never quite reaches that lofty level of cathartic explosion, even in its proclamations of "Standing on the rooftops/Everybody scream your heart out/This is all we got." Though really, that song speaks for the rest of the album. Even with its stirring moments — compared to their contemporaries there is much variety here to enjoy — Liberation Transmission seems to find Lostprophets trying harder to re-create their sound instead of pushing it forward.

Customer Reviews

Liberation Transmission

A spectacular album from the welsh band, which saw them earn a well deserved number 1 album, but also a slight change in music genre from their previous 2 albums, Start Something and Fake Sound Of Progress. Start Something and Fake Sound Of Progress were both heavy rock album, boardering into metal slightly, this album has more of a pop rock sound. This had a bad reaction with long term fans of the band, but there is still hope for them with their new album coming later this year. I thought it was a great album, and this album was the one that introduced me to the band, since this i have bought all their albums and loved them.

Rooftops is a brilliant rock track, with a catchy chorus and a fantastic sound. Another favourite track of mine is 4 AM Forever, it has alot of power to the song, and was wrote about Ian Watkins break-up to his girlfriend. Other great tracks include the catchy, Can't Catch Tomorrow, the brilliant A Town Called hypocrisy and the chanting sounds of Everybody's Screaming. A must listen if you are fan of great music, and i cannot wait for the new album.

Everyday Combat - 9/10
A Town Called Hypocrisy - 10/10
The New Transmission - 9/10
Rooftops - 10/10
Can't Stop, Gotta Date With Hate - 7/10
Can't Catch Tomorrow - 9/10
Everybody's Screaming - 10/10
Broken Hearts and Torn Up Letter and the Story of a Lonely Girl - 9/10
4 AM Forever - 10/10
For All These Times Kid, For All These Times - 9/10
Heaven for the Waether, Hell for the Company - 8/10
Always All Ways (Apologies, Glancies and Messed Up Chances) - 7/10

All those writing bad reviews please remember...

This was a band. Some of the albums only give money to Ian Watkins (most recent album and the fake sound of progress). Albums like start something however are credited to more than one (sick and perverted) person. This band had more than one member and they deserve their music to be available if they or the label choose to distribute it.

If you don't like the principle, vote with your wallet not your keyboard.

Perfect + Lifechanging

When I heard rooftops I fell in love and researched the band... I downloaded the album gambling my money... I never looked back there my fave band I've seen them live and know almost every song... Next stop the betrayed!

Biography

Formed: 1997 in Pontypridd, Wales

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins and guitarist Mike Lewis grew up together in the Cardiff satellite town of Pontypridd. They began blending musical genres as members of the band Public Disturbance. Watkins was a drummer at the time, but he moved to vocals when the pair first started experimenting as Lozt Prophetz. Watkins and Lewis flirted with ska and hip-hop at first, then came to an aggressive style of rock that mixed together their longtime love of metal...
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