Taking Back Sunday
Tell All Your Friends


4.5
superb

Review

by Blair Chopin USER (108 Reviews)
May 7th, 2006 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


Taking Back Sunday has grown one of the biggest fan following's in rock today. This is what started the band and really gave energy to there fan base. The emotion in all the songs, the screaming of Adam and John Nolan, The instrumental work was just done perfect in 2002. Victory Records sign the band after a 2001 EP of five songs from the album.

Tell All Your Friends:

1. You Know How I Do
The inverse of lyrics is so catchy in the begging of this song, "So sick so sick of being tired, and oh so tired of being sick". The rhyming scheme in this song is very good as John and Adam do perfect duel vocals "Were such magnificent liars, so crush me baby Iím all ears". After the electric start to what we know now as Taking Back Sunday, the band mellows down into a disappointing chorus "We won't stand for hazy eyes anymore" is repeated throughout the chorus with little emotion, but the duel vocals in the chorus still stand out. The end of the song which is kind of taking over by Adam as he repeats a brilliant lyrical session, "We smoked out of the back of your van", and many other fitting lines are put in, and the first song on Tell All Your Friends comes to an end, and a great start to the album. 4.5/5

2. Bike Scene
The lines in Bike Scene are often lazy and unprepared, the catchiest line in the song "I can be your best bet, let alone your worst ex" wasn't even written by the band. I also believe that the chorus is too much similar to the one in "You're So Last Summer" the ninth track on the album. Towards the end the song mellows out and drags on with some annoying female vocals. Not my favorite song on here. 3/5

3. "Cute Without The E"
The simplest way I can put this is, the best song Taking Back Sunday has ever recorded. The catchy riff, the screaming, the chorus that basically defines pop-punk combined into one song. This is what makes this song an absolute masterpiece. The first time I listen to it, was the first time I had listened to Taking Back Sunday so I had to get used to the duel vocals, but they are at there peak in this song as well. Something Taking Back Sunday has on here that no pop-punk band can ever match is the chemistry, it's almost like the two singers feed of each other and get their energy that way. The end of the song is absolutely unbelievable, Adam screams "Why Can't I feel anything from anyone other than you" and John continues his fast singing in the background of the song. The perfect track, absolutely perfect. 5/5

4. There's No "I" in Team
This song is just about as good as the last track; it has such a dark and sicotic feeling to it that we had never seen in this brand of music before. You really have to give props to the instrumental work in this song for creating such a "dark feel" to the song. You combine all of this with the spotless background vocals from John Nolan, and you have a complete song. The chorus in this song is great, it combines everything Taking Back Sunday is in a matter of a few lines. 5/5

5. Great Romances of the Twentieth Century
The next song was actually the first single of the album, it has it's moments but is really an up and down track. It doesn't have the dark feel of the last tracks, and is a little to poppy for this album. It would have probably have fit better on Where You Want To Be, than Tell All Your Friends. But the lines after the first chorus are just perfect for the song. "C'mon, C'mon lets get this over with", the song is still worth an occasional listen, and is a pretty good calm after the storm track to "There's No "I" in Team.

6. Ghost Man On Third
This song really brings back the dark feel to the album. It has that mellow riff at the begging, and is accompanied by Adam's well-written vocals at the introduction of the song. This lead's into a pre-chorus were Adam and John scream "Silence means everything", and leads into a chorus that has to be one of my favorites from Taking Back Sunday. The wonder to what the chorus means when in the other songs in this album it's clear what the chorus means, the screaming of John Nolan. This chorus is followed by one of Taking Back Sunday's catchiest lyrical sessions, "inches from my waist it's my face versus the bottle", and that is followed by the chorus I talked about earlier. The female vocals in the background start, and Adam mumble in the background. This leads into another lyrical session by Adam, which is just brilliant. The song ends with the screaming of the same line, which is actually pretty well done. 5/5

7. Timberwolves at New Jersey
To make it clear, the title has absolutely nothing to do with the song. The song is probably the most similar to "Great Romances" earlier on the CD. It starts with Adam telling a crowd to "Get Up and Let's Go", and it develops into a few catchy and a few wasteful pop-punk lines. The chorus carries a little bit heavier but slower of a beat, and accompanies better lines with the better beat. The end of the song is absolutely epic. Adam Says "This is me with the words on the tip of my tongue and my eye down the scope of a barrel of a gun, remind me not to ever act this way again". John starts to scream and it leads into a more energetic chorus, and it makes it twice as good. 4/5

8. The Blue Channel
It seems like Taking Back Sunday comes after you with something new every song of this album, and this starts out with a very not rocking piano jam session and ends into the perfect dark song. The dark-not so dark-dark pattern on this album makes it really the perfect mix of songs. The screaming throughout the song is so half-hearted and well done. The end of the song doesn't make a lot of since though, but the song is still great. 4.5/5

9. You're So Last Summer
The lyrics in this song are so perfect and it's the first song on the album to be dark and not so dark at the same time. To explain myself, the riff is light and not dark, but the lyrics can still be dark "You could slit my throat", "Maybe I should hate you for this". The chorus in this song is very good, and the end of the song Adam sings, "If Iím just bad news, you're a liar", "If Iím just bad news, you had it right all along". Such catchy lyrics in this song and a mix of everything this album has brought to the listener. 5/5


10. Head Club
The dramatic last track on the album. The chorus is kind of expected and so are the lyrics and riffs but it still manages to stay true to the album so you have to respect it. The lyrics in this song are probably the best on the album even though they are still about a relationship, "Don't call my name out your window, I'm leaving", echoes towards the end of the song. What I really respect of this song is that the chorus is only repeated once. Why is this so important? They didn't try to over-use the chorus like they did in some other songs. A great closer to the album. 4.5/5

In conclusion, the album is probably Taking Back Sunday's best. It combines a dark song and a not so dark, pop-punky song element to it that gives you a perfect mix of songs. Most of the songs all have something different that makes them special. A great album.



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Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
May 7th 2006


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

This is a very good first review. Shore up on some minor grammar and spelling difficulties you seem to have, and you'll pretty much be set when it comes to tbt's.
And Bike Scene is far more interesting than you give it credit for. Head Club and Theres No 'I' In Team still own everything else on this album, though.

Full Collapse299
May 7th 2006


507 Comments


Good review. I agree with Iluvatar with There's No "I" In Team and Head Club.

bassmaster1738
May 7th 2006


8 Comments


This is a good reveiw, especially since it is your first.
It is obvious you really like the band and the only flaws are minor grammar errors and one or two spots where instead of really concentrating on the song you talk more about the history of the band. Overall a good reveiw. Your on your way.

The Sludge
May 7th 2006


2169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

At a first glance I thought another review is too much, but I gave it a chance and pretty good. Nice job.

Pyramidman
May 7th 2006


1340 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review man, keep em' coming

i dont think ppl give this cd the credit it desereves

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
May 7th 2006


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

It does have a 4 average rating. I think they do.

DepthsOfDreams555
May 7th 2006


55 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Very good review, this is one of my favorite albums of all time. I love it.

Full Collapse299
May 7th 2006


507 Comments


Yeah I think this album is very overrated. Just about everyone in my school was listening to this when it came out. I couldn't seem to get into it that much though then. And I was in like 7th grade then, so I can imagine the older kids being even more upsessed. In freshman year of high school and even now in my sophmore year, I'm like the only kid who likes Thursday more than TBS. People rave about them, "TBS is an amazing band." Don't get me wrong, I think they're a good band, way better than most pop punk bands especially with the sick dual vocals. I know some kids who say TBS is their favorite band, but they only seem to like this album. They say WYWTB is "alright" and I haven't heard their impressions of Louder Now yet. I wonder if they even know if they had a lineup change on WYWTB.

Storm In A Teacup
May 7th 2006


13161 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album sucks hard.

Pyramidman
May 8th 2006


1340 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I meant in general Illuvatar



Society Sellout
May 10th 2006


292 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album, and band, is highly overrated and you can tell by the sheer number of reviews it has.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
May 10th 2006


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

That really has nothing to do with anything.

metallicaman8
May 10th 2006


4677 Comments


I don't even think it really has that many reviews, there's albums out there with more

Mitch2oo6
May 12th 2006


7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Panic at the disco for example, there was something like 5 reviews on one album...ludicrus I tell you!

labonza01
May 13th 2006


546 Comments


not my favorite band, but i do like this album, where you want to be is a little better though. i really like cut from the team, it's very interesting. excellent first review, one would assume that you have been at this for a while.

metallicaman8
May 13th 2006


4677 Comments


this album is rubbish. Just my two cents

icaught fire444
August 12th 2006


622 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like this album but you can totally tell Your So Last Summer is like a sequel to Cute Without the E.

herb2
October 25th 2006


31 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review...I wouldnt give the album a 4.5 but it is the only Taking Back Sunday cd I can listen to

The Jungler
October 25th 2006


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, not quite a 4.5 but damn good. If Head Club isn't the best TBS song of all time, I don't know what is.



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