Taking Back Sunday
Where You Want To Be


5.0
classic

Review

by crandynewman USER (38 Reviews)
February 14th, 2012 | 70 replies | 3,103 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Listening to this album is where I want to be.

1 of 3 thought this review was well written

After the relative failure of Tell All Your Friends due to bad production, shoddy vocals, and a blatant use of similar song structures, Taking Back Sunday lost their guitarist John Nolan and their bassist. This means the had to hire new guys including Fred as their new guitarist. But luckily this also brought a new creative mind into the band who would be with them for the next two albums to come. The first of these albums Where You Want to Be, was a smash and most likely the band's crowning moment. Gone are the bad vocals and crappy production, and say hello to some more naunced song structures and truly a revitalization breath in to the band who many thought were dead.

The new inspiration is front and center as soon as you start the album, hearing Set Phasers to Stun. Its one of the best songs on the entire album and all the problems from Tell All Your Friends are gone; the vocals are great, crisp and clear, theres a ton of catchy guitar lines running throughout, and the lyrics are quite well done without being too over the top. And most of the album flows in this pattern. They don't even do the verse chorus verse chorus bridge pattern this time; it even goes back to the chorus before ending the song which is something that Tell All Your Friends very rarely did with all of their songs.

There are a bunch of highlights on this one, the biggest one is the single A Decade Under the Influence which has a great simple verse and chorus and a really memorable anthem bridge. It builds to intensity and then explodes and it seems like this is what they tried to do every song on Tell All Your Friends but had the other flaws holding them back because this time it goes off without a single hitch. Another highlight is the screamo punk song The Union and the bitter breakup anthem One Eighty By Summer (which sounds a lot like Your So Last Summer but I'll let it slide since its on a different album). The only real downside to the album is the clunky I Am Fred Astaire which just kind of wanders around (and let's face it, the title is stupid and makes no sense. Another hint of Fall Out Boy esque titles littering actual good music). However, other than that misstep its probably the highest point of Taking Back Sunday's pretty hit or miss catalog and a must listen for fans of pop and punk.



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crandynewman
February 14th 2012



799 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

unlike the debut i love this one

Aristotle
February 14th 2012



106 Comments


That comment isn't constructive crandy.

crandynewman
February 14th 2012



799 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

haha

Aristotle
February 14th 2012



106 Comments


I just squeaked.

DarthMann
February 14th 2012



13467 Comments


posd grate work crandynewman

Yuma310
February 14th 2012



1656 Comments


Sup aristotle

Hep Kat
February 14th 2012



13999 Comments


ok this is my first time commenting on one of your reviews, because i now know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you're trolling. and you suck at it

Digging: Casanovas In Heat - Belvidere b/w Destiny St.

Aristotle
February 14th 2012



106 Comments


Sup

crandynewman
February 14th 2012



799 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"posd grate work crandynewman"

thanks darth!


"ok this is my first time commenting on one of your reviews, because i now know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you're trolling. and you suck at it"

what?

Aristotle
February 14th 2012



106 Comments


what?


crandynewman
February 14th 2012



799 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

he probably doesnt like the album

Aristotle
February 14th 2012



106 Comments


prob, huuge wanker

bloc
February 14th 2012



34489 Comments


Baby's ass 5/5

Digging: Gamma Ray - Empire of the Undead

LifeAsAChipmunk
February 14th 2012



4854 Comments


lol

Sanders
February 14th 2012



2323 Comments


whatever academy you attended to learn to troll, i want in

macadoolahicky
February 14th 2012



1835 Comments


"After the relative failure of Tell All Your Friends..."

Stopped reading.

crandynewman
February 14th 2012



799 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"Baby's ass 5/5"

thats not why you sicko


""After the relative failure of Tell All Your Friends..."

Stopped reading."

check out my tell all your friends review for reasons why

SCREAMorphine
February 14th 2012



1704 Comments


'After the relative failure of Tell All Your Friends due to bad production, shoddy vocals, and a blatant use of similar song structures'

You have no idea what you're talking about

J0ckstrapsFTW
February 14th 2012



3582 Comments


Is it better than louder now?

cinaedus
February 14th 2012



26195 Comments


listening to this album is not a place



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