Invariably a religious group declaring that "the lines have been drawn" and that it's "time to take a stand," while proclaiming their manifesto "4th and Broadway" "is a call to arms" will raise a slew of red flags. But not to worry, Transistor Radio are broadcasting not the opening salvos of a war for civilization, but a message of salvation and love for all. A Legacy Between is the quintet's debut album, a sermon in song, a testimonial with terrific tunes, and an affirmation in alt rock style. Thematically, the album builds into a primer for better living through God. After the declaration of intent of the aforementioned "4th and Broadway," Transistor move from rallying the faithful to song by song instruction on how to join them. The first suggestions: put sin behind you, although admittedly many may have to hit the darkest depths before they can see the light, as the group eloquently describe on "Ra-Random," the first single to be spun from the set. Inevitably you will occasionally continue to fall from grace, as the band describe on the infectious "The Getaway." But these stumbles sow the seeds for their second suggestion: have faith in the Father to forgive. This leap eventually leads to suggestion three: submit to God's plan, discussed in depth on "One Plus One Is Too Many." On "Addiction," Transistor Radio follows the path from rock bottom through a thorough life make-over. But even this dramatic remodel is not the endgame, for there's still the fourth suggestion: reaching out to those in need, beautifully elaborated within "The Dead Shall Hear" and "Countless Indiscretions." Transistor Radio end their sermon with the devotional "Talk to Me Goose," a love song to the Lord. Legacy's weighty themes and insightful lyrics are strengthened by the group's powerful melodies and catchy choruses, their alt rock glossed with pop and edged with new-school punk abandon. The styling will sound a tad dated to those outside the Christian rock realm, but it's sure to strike a strong chord among the faithful.
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AllMusic Review by Jo-Ann Greene