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#2] Transplants By
Punk meets rap. Punk meets reggae. Meet the Transplants, the latest musical experiment, mixing Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong's punk backbone with newcomer Rob Aston's strongly contrasting rap vocals. Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker rounds out the power trio. The album's first single "Diamonds and Guns" could be the most refreshing song to hit the airwaves since the Gorillaz unleashed "Clint Eastwood" in the summer of 2001. Ironically, it features the second-best screaming "Woo" (you've likely heard the "Woo-Woo" on the radio) next to Blur's "Woo-Hoo" of "Song 2" back in 1997 (Blur's Damon Albarn founded the Gorillaz). Despite successfully blending in rap and reggae, the Transplants manage to stay true to their roots, which is the main strength of the album. They reflect their heavy punk influence by legends like The Ramones and The Clash consistently throughout, most notably on the tracks "Sad But True," "Weigh On My Mind" and "Down In Oakland." Overall, an experiment well done.