Raymond Fiore
February 20, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

The impending election has clearly inspired this D.C.-based trio, who wave an unabashedly anti-Bush banner on their seventh CD. Unfortunately, Trans Am’s New Order — meets — Chemical Brothers synth-nostalgia seldom provides a sufficiently scintillating soapbox. Only brooding instrumentals like ”Pretty Close to the Edge” evoke an emotionally ripe paranoia worthy of their lofty political aspirations.

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