For all of their big name tie-ins and overwhelming skill, Trans Am have always made geek music for music geeks, and there ain't nothing wrong with that. Everyone should have some Can, Cluster and Neu! in their record collections, but their relative rarity helps make them that much more special, and Trans Am are a part of that great if underappreciated tradition. Their continued Kraftwerk influence on Volume X can be heard in the pulsating synth bass and vocoder of "Reevaluation" and the elevating intro to "Night Shift," hitting more of a prog-metal feel on "Backlash" and "Megastorm" but toning it down for a touching synth love ballad in "I'll Never" that would be at home on an old OMD record. Acoustic guitar shuffle "Insufficiently Breathless" will make you thoughtfully contemplate its title.
Volume X is a balanced record, potentially a future classic for those who are into that sort of thing. (Thrill Jockey)