This was an awful and very unfair review. You compared apples to oranges and your analogies were completely disjointed. L&F was an excellent album, no doubt, but this record had a completely different feel. You chose the worst song off the record to pick apart and clearly overlooked everything else that was done right. The lyricism of this record isn't something that everyone can relate to because not everyone grew up in Boston, but it's still a great jam. It might not be as powerful as l&f was, but it certainly isn't as god awful as you're making it out to be and I'm actually shocked you rated it this hard.
I'm going to disagree here. First of all, I can compare apples to oranges if I'm deciding what to eat. So I'm saying that this is worse than the last Transit record because it is. Secondly, I have expressed my interest and appreciation for this band growing and changing its sound - I gave Listen & Forgive
a very high score, and that by itself is proof that I am not opposed to this band changing its sound on a theoretical level.
Continuing, I didn't just pick apart one song - but the songs I do go into detail with, I use as starting points to demonstrate problems throughout the entire album. That's what you do in a review...you don't talk about each individual song. It's not a track-by-track thing. In total, I mention the names of 8 songs and I think it's pretty fair to say that what I wrote about those 8 songs is indicative of my opinion about the entire record. If it wasn't, obviously, it would not have been a well-written review and I would have talked about more songs. There's no point in saying, "Track A is bad...but wait, Track B is also just as bad...oh, and Track C has a good bridge but the rest of it is also bad." There's no sense in that.
I didn't overlook what was done right, either, as I point out parts that I enjoyed. And you're right - I didn't grow up in Boston. Maybe if I did, I would have felt an intrinsic sense of attachment to the record while I thoroughly was not enjoying it. In the end, I don't think it would have changed my opinion. In the past, I've loved songs where Transit (and other bands) sing about their hometowns. I don't have to be from that town to recognize the universal sentiment expressed when people sing about their hometown. Look at a band like The Wonder Years - their lyrics are very specifically about people I don't know and places I've never been to, but the connection a listener makes to lyrics is not on the surface, it's at the from which the lyric was born. I don't have to be from Boston to connect to the idea of drinking with my friends in the place where I live. I can easily apply that to Pembroke Pines, Gainesville or New York City...all the places I've lived.
I understand you don't agree with the review. That's a good thing - I would be surprised if everyone did. We have different opinions on this record, and you know what, I bet we have different opinions on lots of records. I just don't write about all of them on this website. But having different opinions doesn't really mean the review is awful or unfair - it just means you didn't agree with it. I've written quite a few reviews for this website and in my opinion, this is about as good as I can write a review for a highly respected band, a band that I really have loved for a few years, when I don't think it's a good release. I tried hard to be transparent and explain my opinion in a clear and truthful manner - and I think the review succeeds in that. There's no point in being less than honest when you're writing a review like this - it doesn't do the writer or the audience any good.