Taking Back Sunday
New Again


3.0
good

Review

by raidynC USER (3 Reviews)
June 24th, 2013 | 20 replies | 643 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist


0 of 3 thought this review was well written

After the relative failure of Louder Now due to bad production, shoddy vocals, and a blatant use of similar song structures, Taking Back Sunday lost their guitarist Fred Marscheno. This means the had to hire new guys including Matt Squire as their new guitarist. But luckily this also brought a new creative mind into the band who would be with them for the next albums to come. The first of these albums New Again, 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 New Again. Its one of the best songs on the entire album and all the problems from Louder Now 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 their first albums 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 Cut Me Up Jenny 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 Louder Now but had the other flaws holding them back because this time it goes off without a single hitch. Another highlight is the punk song Catholic Knees and the bitter breakup anthem Everything must Go (which sounds a lot like the closer on Where You Want to Be but I'll let it slide since its on a different album). The only real downside to the album is the clunky Sink Into Me which just kind of wanders around (and let's face it, the timing of the song doesn't make sense at all!). 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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raidynC
June 24th 2013



15 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

c and c are appreciated

Cormano
June 24th 2013



920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

how the fuck was louder now a failure? also you mention that the only problem with the album is the lead single and you rate it a 3? review reads more like a 4 or 4.5

raidynC
June 24th 2013



15 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i really hated louder now

i thought it was a pretentious mess!

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
June 24th 2013



18570 Comments


louder now was awesome

Digging: Somos - Temple of Plenty

Kman418
June 24th 2013



8554 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

everything but their new one has ruled and that one had a few dece tracks

Digging: Kanye West - Late Registration

DegausserGuernica24
June 24th 2013



1134 Comments


'Digging: toxin. - anberlin up my butthole'






ok

Cormano
June 24th 2013



920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah well even if you hated that album it was their most comercially succesfull record they even went back with the same producer for their self titled, also, fred didn't leave for the reasons that you stated

raidynC
June 24th 2013



15 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

he left because adam didnt like him

this album is good and that one is bad

Cygnatti
June 24th 2013



19945 Comments


After the relative failure...due to bad production, shoddy vocals, and a blatant use of similar song structures...
pop punk in a nutshell.

Digging: Lo-Fang - Blue Film

Cormano
June 24th 2013



920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

too bad that album wasn't even pop punk

Cormano
June 24th 2013



920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"he left because adam didnt like him"
they had creative differences as to where they should have taken their sound after louder now, it wasn't because adam didn't like him, those two dudes were like the best friends for a while

Cygnatti
June 24th 2013



19945 Comments


fred > adam yep

Cormano
June 24th 2013



920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah but he was a douche and the color fred sucks except for like 2 songs

Calc
June 24th 2013



10825 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

louder now was awesome [2]

Calc
June 24th 2013



10825 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

too many alts btw....

Kman418
June 24th 2013



8554 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

did you guys really not notice that this is crandy lol

Cygnatti
June 24th 2013



19945 Comments


I doubt it's crymson again. he said the last one wasn't him either.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
June 24th 2013



18570 Comments


i knew it was crandy not sure what his obession is with troll reviewing TBS and weezer albums

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
June 24th 2013



18570 Comments


"I doubt it's crymson again

lol dude you can spell c-r-a-n-d-y in the user name

theacademy
June 24th 2013



27668 Comments


rating is basically right prob a 2.5



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