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Transcendence (Fairmont album)

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Transcendence
Released14 October 2008
Length34:51
LabelMint 400 Records
ProducerBryan Russell
Fairmont chronology
Wait & Hope
(2007)
Transcendence
(2008)
The Meadow at Dusk
(2009)

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Transcendence is the fifth studio album from the American rock band Fairmont.

Content[edit]

Teeter Sperber provides vocals on three songs.

The ten-track album was released on 14 October 2008, with Mint 400 Records. It was produced by Bryan Russell.[1] Sabatino began "writing feverishly" for Transcendence and chose to compose female vocal counterparts in "a Mates of State way." After recalling singing with Teeter Sperber for the Regional Community Theater track "Lady of Travel and Leisure," he approached Sperber and Suzie Zeldin, who contribute vocals for several tracks. Thematically, the album is about being trapped in bad jobs, dead-end towns, and dreaming of relationships that may never come.[2] In an interview with Deborah Draisin in Jersey Beat, Sabatino says the album is "saying that love prevails," and Sam Carrodori explains that it offers "a small portal to a storybook of the average, everyday person[,] and the power of the songs brings people together and reveals something for everyone."[3]

The album title and lead track are homages to Jean-Paul Sartre's book Being and Nothingness. The release of Transcendence was followed by a tour across the United States, supporting Life of Agony frontman Keith Caputo, starting in August 2008.[4]

Reception[edit]

AbsolutePunk reviewer Susan Frances compares Transcendence to the music of the art rock band Modest Mouse, saying that it "has imaginative turns, emotive lifts, and a folksy rock basting."[5] A review in Jersey Beat calls the lead track "Being & Nothingness" a "bouncy, catchy song that will get stuck in your head," further describing the songs as "reminiscent of 60's surf rock [and] slightly rockabilly." The review closes with "the choir-like vocals at the end [of "Melt Your Heart"] will have you waving your hands in the air."[6] The album is ranked No. 52 in Are You Listening? by music journalist Gary Wien, who describes Transcendence as "an indie rock version of Pet Sounds."[2]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Being & Nothingness"5:29
2."Nowhere, Mass"3:53
3."Omaha"3:33
4."Prick"3:24
5."Everyone Hates a Critic"2:20
6."Luck Will Change"3:10
7."True Love Waits for Me"2:51
8."Awkward Silence"3:10
9."Please Don't Go"2:44
10."Melt Your Heart"4:17
Total length:34:51

Personnel[edit]

  • Andy Applegate – drums
  • Christian Kisala – keys and bass synth
  • Neil Sabatino – lead vocals and guitar

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Clancy Flynn – violin, cello
  • Teeter Sperber – backing vocals on "Being & Nothingness," "Omaha" and "True Love Waits for Me"
  • Suzie Zeldin – backing vocals on "Being & Nothingness," "Everyone Hates A Critic," "Please Don't Go" and "Melt Your Heart"
  • Bryan Russell – additional guitar on "Omaha" and "Luck Will Change"
  • Charlie Seich – euphonium on "Being & Nothingness"

References[edit]

Citations
Bibliography
  • AllMusic Staff (2008), "Fairmont "Transcendence" credits", AllMusic, retrieved 24 January 2019
  • Draisin, Deborah (2008), "Fairmont - Transcendence", Jersey Beat, retrieved 24 January 2019
  • Draisin, Deborah (2009), "Interview: Fairmont", Jersey Beat, retrieved 24 January 2019
  • Eisenberg, Adam (3 August 2008), "New Music Roundup: Coptercrash Records, Four Fingers, Keith Caputo", PunkNews.org, retrieved 25 February 2014
  • Frances, Susan (2008), "Fairmont "Transcendence"", AbsolutePunk, archived from the original on 18 March 2016
  • Wien, Gary (2011), "#52 Fairmont", Are You Listening?, p. 113, ISBN 9780983685708

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