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|3.0 good||Adam Downer STAFF | May 27th 09|
New Again is an ironic title for this album considering it sounds just like everything Taking Back Sunday's put out since Where You Want to Be. Same pits, same thrills, same general consistency without being all that special save for a couple songs. Adam Lazzara still sings about girls and the songs all have that early 00s powerpop edge that's defined Taking Back Sunday for their entire careers. Is this a bad thing? No, New Again is the type of record that provides earnest enjoyment in its familiarity and wordy choruses. They might consider themselves "new again," but this current Taking Back Sunday are comfortably holding down pop punk with the same old tricks.
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|4.0 excellent||Adam Knott EMERITUS | May 20th 09|
more rock, less punk, less chaos, more craft, less inconsistent, more mature, entirely awesome.
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|5.0 classic||straylightrunner | June 7th 09|
I'm a long time fan of this band and I completely agree that it's their most mature album to date, and I'd say even more, this is their best album to date. Don't get me wrong, I really loved Tell All Your Friends back in '02, it defined the sound of a generation of musicians would try to capsulize, but that my friend, oh that were at best better than teenage poetry (“man, that was ages ago...”). They're a grown up band now, and for the first tmme ever, I feel them as an accomplished band. There're no sign of ego fights whatsoever and they seem to have som real good fun with all of this. If this album is a statement of the things to come, they can count me aboard for that. I feel very lucky for having a band that I really can connect to that never dumbed down their sound. This is no blink (even though I love them, come on these dudes are almost in their fourties and still writing adolescent music. I love them, I'm really excited for their come back but, come on), this is a band that I can rest assure that will grow up with me. And I really want to thank them for that.
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|2.5 average||David James Young | June 7th 09|
Taking Back Sunday aren't new again. New implies freshness, uniqueness, originality. Practically everything that New Again is not - despite a catchy hook or two thrown in every now and then, Adam Lazzara and co. sound tired, almost lethargic - a shadow of their former selves; a rock band capable of pop perfection. For the diehard fans of the band only, this album shall most probably be perceived retrospectively as another nail in the Taking Back Sunday coffin.
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|2.5 average||danthug | May 29th 09|
For real? this album only has 4 good songs: new again, summer man, carpathia and everything must go.
the rest of the songs try wayy to hard to be catchy...
Their previous albums were a lot better, lyrically and musically.
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|4.5 superb||Tempertemperature | May 26th 09|
TBS changes their sound and finally does TAYF justice with a great album.
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|4.5 superb||Bryan Diem | May 1st 14|
So, Taking Back Sunday released two good, reasonably consistent albeit immature albums. People liked those ones a lot. Then they released a more mature yet inconsistent but still good album. People were ok with it. Taking Back Sunday then released their most mature, consistent, cohesive, well-rounded album ever. And everyone hated it? Fuck the critics, this is the best album they'll ever make.
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|5.0 classic||JasonHate | June 21st 09|
Let's keep this a secret, but I secretly love New Again.
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|4.5 superb||Aj | June 16th 09|
It's a good album for what it is.
But for a Taking Back Sunday album, no way.
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|3.5 great||Are You A Wizard? | June 1st 09|
Taking Back Sunday produce another fun album, which is perfect for listening to on hot summer days. Nearly as good as Tell All Your Friends, nearly...
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|5.0 classic||Guinazu | May 29th 09|
A feel good summer album. Best album since their first one, and quite possibly crawling his way for the 1st stop til the end of the summer. A must have album and my favorite album of the year so far. I can't praise it enough.
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|4.5 superb||Aaron | May 20th 09|
The only sad part about this is that new guy is nothing like Fred (who did not suck), and certainly not even close to John.
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|4.5 superb||Intheayer | February 19th 11|
I must admit myself, it took me 2 years to work up the courage to listen to this album. When Fred left the band, i came to the automatic conclusion that TBS has fallen apart. But my friend dug up a song on his ipod for me called "Summer, Man", and i was quite pleased I had to listen to this album now.rTaking Back Sunday has changed alot over the years. To top it off, with Fred leaving the band, the overlapping vocals in this album are non existent. However, the band's replacement does an excellent job at backing vocals for Adam. What also might get a few people mad about the album is the more polished sound in the guitars, giving it a heavier sound and a less pop/punk feel than regular TBS fans would expect. In my opinion, its a nice touch to the album showing that over time the band is growing, and gives it a distinct "maturity" (if that's what you want to call it).rAll in all, the album title says everything. Taking Back Sunday is "New Again", but they've taken what they had and used it to the best of their ability. There is still hope for fans in the future, as well as Taking Back Sunday. rLesson Learned: Don't Judge an album by it's cover(and name).
|4.0 excellent||ginandjesus | December 11th 10|
A more mature sound from TBS this time around. They retain many of the conventions of old albums, with plenty of sarcasm, wordplay, and repetition. It works.
|4.0 excellent||LargeTuna | October 3rd 09|
This is my first experience with TBS, and wow, this album rocks. There's not a filler on this thing. Lazzara carries the album, crooning over perfectly placed guitar melodies and bass fills. His lyrics are excellent, full of wit and sarcasm, and the alternative take on pop punk is executed very well. I can't stop listening.
|5.0 classic||redsparrow | September 1st 09|
Three months later and who would have ever thought?
Taking Back Sunday's New Again owns Brand New's Daisy in every fuckin' way.
Definitely my favorite record of the year. Even though my mind says that the album of the year is
Thrice's Beggars, the circumstances surrounding my life around the time this was released made it even
Thank you for continuously making the soundtrack of my life, TBS.
|2.5 average||Erik Bailey | July 29th 09|
This is Taking Back Sunday at rock bottom, which is still an average album with highlights that save it from being a travesty ("everything must go" is one of the best songs they have ever written). Although there are a couple good songs, as a whole New Again is generic to say the least, and honestly sounds like it could not have taken longer than a couple weeks to write.
|3.0 good||smokachino | July 13th 09|
I absolutely regretted this purchase at first, but now it's gaining some validity through repeated listens. I'm not convinced about their "new band" thing, it still feels the same, albeit a tad altered. Although it's growing on me, I still can't help but feel like it's held back in some major ways. It seems TBS unknowingly played it safe for most of this outing and didn't give themselves any new ground to really glow on. They're at their best when the energy is high and emotions are raw and sincere rather than modest and bottled up. It's pleasurably watered down if anything (with it's respective ups and downs) but still makes me wish for an exclamation point to the whole thing.
|2.5 average||6604 | June 22nd 09|
Ah, TBS old friend... its been interesting to watch this band through the years. Regardless of motive, Adam Lazzara went down another guitarist/singer and got himself a new one. First off, lets talk Matt Fazzi: in my opinion (after watching him live), Fazzi is the most capable musician TBS has opitioned yet, his voice far and beyond those of Fred and John respectively. What brings 'New Again' down is that for some reason unbeknownst to me, the powers that be (Adam) make Fazzi hold way, way back, not offering him ANY lines and only a few awesome guitar lines. In this way, the music bolsters Adam as usual, yet showing his flaws even more this time around. Adam's vocal work is in a word - underpar. Although there are many great parts and melodies, Adam's voice often cracks and goes wildly out of tune which, back in the day, would fit, but here it brings 'New Again' down a notch. As far as the rest of the band goes, things are solid: Matt Rubano shows his bass chops, offering probably the most consistently great performace of his career with TBS - the other two, well, lets just say its business as usual. 'New Again' is growing on me, but I'll be the first to say that if this is the new sound TBS is going for, 1. its not that different, and 2. its really not any better. Check out "Sink Into Me" and "Swing"... other than that this is for TBS fans only. A shame indeed.
|3.0 good||HollywoodConstantine | June 16th 09|
It's a great album, but it's really bad compared to the other three, which seem to get better the farther back we go. Tell All Your Friends was my fav.
|4.0 excellent||Deuce2 | June 2nd 09|
Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge Taking Back Sunday fan, but New Again did not live up to my expectations. Was I wrong to expect a fresh new Taking Back Sunday? I mean after all the album is called new again. But what I found was TBS kind of reverting back to their old sound. A lot songs sound like they could be on WYWTB or Louder Now. There were some songs that totally rocked my sox like Carpathia and Sink into Me but for the most part it is what you expect from Taking Back Sunday and that sort of dampened my taste. But if you want an album that you can't go wrong with, this is it. But if your looking for something fresh and new, maybe you should look elsewhere.
|2.5 average||Skyler | May 31st 09|
Sink Into Me is probably one of the better songs TBS has written. The rest of this is kind of forgettable though.
|4.5 superb||convergejd | May 26th 09|
This is actually really, really good. I wasn't even interested in this and hadn't thought about giving it a listen until I saw it getting better reviews here. I decided to try it out and I am glad I did. A very strong effort.
|3.5 great||brandaao | May 21st 09|
Given all my bad expectations i had for this album. I am really really enjoying this.
|2.5 average||Steve | May 21st 09|
it's ok, nothing special. I thought that the album was quite bland with the exception of the first few songs. In my opinon wasn't the best of ideas, for it makes listening to the rest of the album alot tedious.
|4.5 superb||Overarc | November 30th 14|
|2.5 average||Kurai | October 22nd 14|
|2.5 average||DustMen | October 10th 14|
|2.5 average||Marlowe | October 9th 14|
|3.5 great||Corona | October 9th 14|
|4.0 excellent||MaggieG | September 25th 14|
|2.5 average||dockan | July 2nd 14|
|3.5 great||hahGAY | April 28th 14|
|2.5 average||Joejk3 | April 2nd 14|
|2.0 poor||tom138 | March 23rd 14|
|4.0 excellent||mxwll16 | March 20th 14|
|1.5 very poor||Wilrus | March 12th 14|
|2.0 poor||PAK-80 | March 10th 14|
|2.5 average||H. | March 10th 14|
|4.5 superb||Sebe | January 27th 14|
|2.5 average||Skoj | January 14th 14|
|3.5 great||Shawn | January 9th 14|
|3.0 good||Fleeba | December 27th 13|
|4.0 excellent||Beauers | November 19th 13|
|3.0 good||hudso | November 16th 13|
|2.5 average||wil94 | October 20th 13|
|3.5 great||Pieo72 | October 14th 13|
|3.5 great||Pencil | July 30th 13|
|2.5 average||Ulshad | July 3rd 13|
|2.5 average||mew151 | June 27th 13|
|3.0 good||bry11 | April 6th 13|
|2.5 average||Hogan CONTRIBUTOR | April 3rd 13|
|3.0 good||kmace | April 2nd 13|
|4.0 excellent||Cormano | March 3rd 13|
|3.5 great||Julia | March 3rd 13|
|3.0 good||Zack | December 26th 12|
|4.0 excellent||aguzman | December 22nd 12|
|3.5 great||Shimana | December 21st 12|
|3.5 great||SeaCow | November 11th 12|
|3.0 good||markii | October 18th 12|
|3.0 good||Mykael | August 17th 12|
|2.5 average||Yay | June 25th 12|
|3.5 great||ANJ45 | April 18th 12|
|3.5 great||RobH | March 31st 12|
|2.5 average||ryan10 | March 27th 12|
|3.5 great||ava082 | March 13th 12|
|3.5 great||bain89 | March 9th 12|
|4.0 excellent||Bog91 | February 27th 12|
|2.5 average||iglu | February 14th 12|
|2.5 average||dj2992 | January 14th 12|
|2.5 average||Jimothy | November 13th 11|
|4.0 excellent||Widower | September 29th 11|
|3.5 great||kaiiser | September 27th 11|
|2.5 average||bmsmcr | September 18th 11|
|3.0 good||Javier | September 11th 11|
|4.0 excellent||Matty | September 9th 11|
|2.5 average||Apollo | August 31st 11|
|3.0 good||Pndi | July 31st 11|
|4.0 excellent||jaruz | July 21st 11|
|4.0 excellent||Yozzy | June 25th 11|
|2.5 average||gwh45 | June 20th 11|
|2.5 average||lucho | April 25th 11|
|3.5 great||Dev518 | April 9th 11|
|3.0 good||Darb | April 1st 11|
|3.5 great||mullo | March 27th 11|
|3.5 great||Nat1Ka | March 21st 11|
|4.0 excellent||pmillar | March 4th 11|
|3.5 great||iGuter | February 19th 11|
|3.5 great||Collin | February 5th 11|
|3.0 good||James | January 6th 11|
|2.5 average||jrbrown | November 24th 10|
|3.5 great||pheonix | November 12th 10|
|3.0 good||klaz | October 29th 10|
|2.5 average||OshArpi | October 24th 10|
|3.5 great||Quinn | October 10th 10|
|4.0 excellent||Jips | September 28th 10|
|3.0 good||IN64 | September 25th 10|
|2.0 poor||DeskmaN | September 22nd 10|
|5.0 classic||ktg | September 14th 10|
|2.5 average||VJ90 | September 10th 10|
|4.0 excellent||dgrona | September 8th 10|
|3.0 good||Ronen | August 12th 10|
|4.0 excellent||Isoas | June 30th 10|
|2.5 average||Lewis | June 30th 10|
|2.0 poor||Avid | June 6th 10|
|4.0 excellent||Pneuma | May 6th 10|
|2.0 poor||Casey | May 1st 10|
|2.5 average||Greenz | April 28th 10|
|3.5 great||Nevin | April 8th 10|
|3.5 great||Britts | April 7th 10|
|4.5 superb||dcha | April 1st 10|
|4.0 excellent||AJM | March 19th 10|
|3.0 good||rustic | March 16th 10|
|1.5 very poor||cumverg | January 26th 10|
|4.0 excellent||julezv | January 26th 10|
|4.0 excellent||Tom Tom | January 16th 10|
|4.0 excellent||indieJay | December 29th 09|
|2.0 poor||mjr20 | November 28th 09|
|3.5 great||sean q | November 15th 09|
|2.0 poor||benhxc | November 3rd 09|
|2.5 average||Thef | October 29th 09|
|1.0 awful||lobby | October 29th 09|
|3.0 good||Eno | October 17th 09|
|3.5 great||Ricven | October 14th 09|
|5.0 classic||Amanda | October 11th 09|
|3.0 good||drew | October 7th 09|
|2.5 average||koshnov | September 29th 09|
|4.0 excellent||Lokudon | September 26th 09|
|4.0 excellent||DoOrDie | September 23rd 09|
|3.0 good||OkKidA | September 13th 09|
|4.0 excellent||Travis25 | September 3rd 09|
|4.0 excellent||cia | August 19th 09|
|3.0 good||gaz | August 18th 09|
|3.5 great||yty | August 17th 09|
|1.5 very poor||2DW | August 14th 09|
|3.5 great||Graven | August 11th 09|
|4.0 excellent||Sean | August 10th 09|
|4.5 superb||Aclyde | July 29th 09|
|3.5 great||Kodan | July 25th 09|
|3.0 good||alex | July 20th 09|
|4.0 excellent||Soap | July 9th 09|
|4.0 excellent||BasX | July 7th 09|
|2.5 average||f2f | June 14th 09|
|4.0 excellent||bc013 | June 5th 09|
|4.0 excellent||Jeremy F STAFF | June 3rd 09|
|4.0 excellent||Aaron | June 3rd 09|
|3.5 great||Rob | June 3rd 09|
|2.5 average||ziroth | June 3rd 09|
|3.5 great||mvdu | June 2nd 09|
|3.0 good||Jared | May 29th 09|
|3.0 good||Owen | May 29th 09|
|3.0 good||Ali CONTRIBUTOR | May 29th 09|
|4.0 excellent||BSX | May 28th 09|
|4.0 excellent||Barjac | May 25th 09|
|3.5 great||zach | May 20th 09|
|4.5 superb||B1ink | May 20th 09|
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