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Taking Back Sunday

Louder Now  Hear it Now

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Taking Back Sunday's first two albums were tempestuous soap operas for the MySpace generation, setting chaotic punk thrash against dueling boy-boy vocals and lyrics that treated breakups like knives to the gut. The big difference on Taking Back Sunday's major-label debut is that these Long Island Warped Tour heroes have amped up their sound with help from Queens of the Stone Age producer Eric Valentine, delivering a turbocharged attack spiked with dark, catchy melodies and giant choruses. The barnburner "Error Operator" mashes up spidery guitar lines and a shredding rhythm, then erupts into a desperate shouting match between emo pinup Adam Lazzarra and his wingman Fred Mascherino. Lead single "MakeDamnSure" rides a bouncy groove that gives way to stormy power chords, with an obsessive Lazzarra telling his lucky girl, "You can never leave," and yowling a huge sugar-shot refrain that sounds like Bon Jovi turned emo. Like most of Louder Now, it's a skull-rattling slasher with enough pop smarts to keep the heartbroken agony from becoming too much to handle.


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Review 1 of 6

AAtheCritic writes:

4of 5 Stars

More like 3 1/2 stars I like the change from the whiny emo sound and rather unintelligable lyrics to only semi intelligable lyrics. Fred is a decent guitarist, and Matthew Rubano deserves attention as a good bassist. All in all a good album.

Sep 29, 2007 20:18:18

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Quimby2999 writes:

2of 5 Stars

Taking Back Sunday is probably the paradigm of what a scene band should be (primped and preened yet dark and depressed), but they don't try to bring anything particularly new to the genre and borrow rather heavily from their contemporaries. (Just try to play this album along with <i>From Under the Cork Tree</i> or <i>A Fever You Can't Sweat Out</i>.) Their lyrics are whiny and annoyingly protracted. The music is has an inkling of punk but ultimately is rather dull and repetitive. It lacks the deft use of irony found in Fall Out Boy's lyrics that made me begrudgingly accept some of those scene kids. I suppose <i>Louder Now</i> is suitable if you need an ornament to place beside your horn-rimmed glasses and black hair dye but otherwise it's just a dull and droning rehashing of the far-too-prevalent heartbreak and papercuts theme.

Sep 17, 2007 19:08:49

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Mel6287 writes:

5of 5 Stars

Taking Back Sunday is one of my favorite bands of all time. This CD kicks some ass. They are only getting better as they grow. Their first CD was alot of screaming heartbreak that makes me just jump around and scream at the top of my lungs. The second CD "Where You Want To Be" made me learn to appreciate them as artists not just another yonger rock band. Their latest "Louder Now" of coarse it has the major hits that you have to blast your stereo, it is filled with lyrics that hit right at home. TBS simply is the best. And Adam will always be sexy while throwing his mic around his neck and jumpin all over the stage.

Aug 10, 2007 16:42:11

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ryanw7385 writes:

4of 5 Stars

I think the cd is great, it has the commercial hits like makedamnsure and liar, but it also has some great sleeper hits like miami, divine intervention, twenty-twenty surgery, up against, and error operator. I think divine intervention was a stretch for them and they nailed it

May 11, 2007 21:14:46

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Review 5 of 6

hilliard writes:

2of 5 Stars

Rolling stone magazine I thought you were smart enough to know what emo this is not emo it's crappy pop rock that sould have died in the 80's. By the way emo is a branch of punk these guys are almost as far away from punk as you can get without calling your band Starship.

Mar 24, 2007 19:22:57

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hitlaura writes:

1of 5 Stars

Taking Back Suday have a huge fan base behind them and it is no suprise that they wanted to impress with this recent release 'Louder Now'. Unfortuanly although they will gain some popularity amongst the younger generation of 10 to 16 year olds, i dont feel as though 'louder now' is an album worth the $30 it costs to purchase it for anyone else. I'll admit there are a few 'catchy' tracks but thats what TBS are all about. Other than "devine intervention" and the released "make damn sure" all the other tracks seem to have come straight off the 'high 5' truck, over repeated chorus' and verses are more than evident. This album is only worth the purchase from the discounted bin.

Jan 29, 2007 05:17:47

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