Taking Back Sunday
Where You Want To Be


2.5
average

Review

by Storm In A Teacup USER (106 Reviews)
April 14th, 2006 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


Teenage angst can be a really annoying thing when it comes to the music industry. Mislead, or “confused” teens will more often than not turn to music to aid them in their uncertainty of life. Sadly, the music they turn to isn’t always the best, and is usually filled with emotionless anger, or just silly phrases that were meant to catch the ear of an unsuspecting teen. One phrase that comes to mind is “To hell with you, and all your friends”, which is a main lyric in the single, “A Decade Under The Influence”, by Taking Back Sunday. After borrowing an iPod from this other kid at school I noticed that he had “Where You Want To Be” on there. After listening some, I came to the conclusion that “Where You Want To Be” is an exceptionally fitting title for the record.

There isn’t much to Taking Back Sunday. A slow opening for most songs comes in, and the simple guitars saunter around while the monotonous vocals drone on, and on, and on. “This Photograph Is Proof (I Know You Know)” is a more than palpable example of this. Adam sings in the opening with some drum work, and guitar in the background before going straight to the chorus, which easily makes this one of the most boring songs ever because it’s so repetitive. It almost seems at times that the song lingers around before using the same hook a few times in a row, and then gets heavier near the end to try to mask the lackluster song structure. This is basically the description of over half the album.

Now, “Where You Want To Be” isn’t completely bad. A few songs do prove a somewhat worthwhile listen. “Number Five With A Bullet” contains solid song writing, and is also entertaining. The distorted guitar riffs open the song cleverly, and lead to a catchy chorus. The dual vocals are a highlight too, but after a while this song still remains as unoriginal as the rest of the album, it just actually manages to be slightly entertaining. “Set Phasers To Stun” is exactly like “Number Five With A Bullet” in the sense that while it’s a fun listen, it still doesn’t do much to differentiate itself from everything else, other than the fact that it’s slightly a little more upbeat. Then there is “New American Classic”, which is an acoustic song that also samples a nice violin part. It makes for a great ballad, and helps to move the album along by getting put right in the middle of the tracklist.

To quote a lyric from the last song on this record, “I’m boring like these songs”. Well, I couldn’t say it any better. Boredom ensues on almost every single song. The song-structures of every song are nearly identical, to the point if I put one song on repeat, and listened to it eleven times in a row the experience would be almost the same as listening to the whole album. Some songs do provide some fun for a while, but one whole listen can basically say what listening to it ten times will say, average, average, average, and average. There isn’t much else to say for an album that feels like the same song over, and over again.

Pros:
-A few songs are good, on the first listen
-“New American Classic” is a well-written acoustic song

Cons:
-The song structures of most songs are lazy
-Listening to one song eleven times over is almost the same as listening to the album one full time
-Nothing ever really stands out

2.5 out of 5



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Society Sellout
April 14th 2006


292 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review. I'd give this album about the same review, but for some more sentimental reasons I listen to this album occasionally and enjoy it.

Storm In A Teacup
April 14th 2006


26775 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[quote=Sylvia]"Emotionless anger"?[/quote]Hard to explain. Yelling, or lyrics that don't quite fit the bill. Like, "To hell with you and all your friends." The lyric seems forced to me, and is just a line that is meant to bring in teenyboppers.

DepthsOfDreams555
April 14th 2006


55 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review, I enjoy listening to Where You Want To Be but it is such a big let down compared to Tell All Your Friends. I agree it gets extremely boring.

Surtr
April 14th 2006


15 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm actually 100% against this review. I dissagree almost completely.



And you can't blame Tbs for bringing in the fans they did. I'm in no way a "teenie-bopper" and it pisses me off that they have those kind of fans, so blame it on the fans for being teenie-boppers, not Tbs for making good music that attracts idiots.This Message Edited On 04.14.06

Tacos
April 14th 2006


125 Comments


i really like this cd.

Full Collapse299
April 14th 2006


507 Comments


Who's to say you'll have to go (I could go all night)
Well say you'll have to go (I could go all...)
To hell with you and all your friends
To hell with you and all your friends, it's on

And that doesn't fit how?



danthug
April 14th 2006


5 Comments




"Where You Want To Be" WAS TERRIBLE.


But I still love "Tell All You Friends."


and...

Does anyone wonder why TBS got popular after WYWTB??

I mean, they SHOULD have gotten well-known after

TAYF...but that's just me...


Taking Back Sunday was better off with their old guitarist,

John Nolan.



They lost a crucial benefit to the majority of their

songwriting when he left. You can tell because the lyrics now

are crap compared to the lyrics before.



Storm In A Teacup
April 14th 2006


26775 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agh, the spacing.

The Jungler
April 14th 2006


4826 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah, the spacing in that comment is fairly useless and annoying, unlike this review which is pretty good. While I don't think this is anywhere near as good as "Tell All Your Friends" I thought it was better than average.

Zebra
Moderator
April 14th 2006


2647 Comments


After reading the review I was surprised you gave it an average rating. It seemed like you really disliked the album, especially with lines like this [quote=review]There isn’t much else to say for an album that feels like the same song over, and over again.[/quote] That being said your review was well written and helpful. Good work.
This Message Edited On 04.14.06

bassmaster1738
April 14th 2006


8 Comments


Terribly Written reveiw, I disagree completely with the so called points made, taking back sunday, is a very good band, FULL of talent and inspirational lyrics, the guitars are simple but catchy at the same time, "...Slowdance on the Inside" was not even metioned in this reveiw which i would say is one of TBS's best songs along with "Little Devotional" which contains the popular songline "I'm going to have myself in shambles" used on many websites and icons i think you need to reevaluate this reveiw.

Storm In A Teacup
April 14th 2006


26775 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the compliments, everyone.

insanepunkguy
April 14th 2006


5 Comments


haha this album is my favourite album of all time, wow interesting reading a review of it like that


Storm In A Teacup
April 14th 2006


26775 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[quote=]haha this album is my favourite album of all time, wow interesting reading a review of it like that[/quote]That's okay, dude. Everyone's got different opinions. :thumb:

Full Collapse299
April 14th 2006


507 Comments


I'm like the only person on the planet who likes WYWTB more than TAYF. Both great albums too.

Storm In A Teacup
April 14th 2006


26775 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[quote=Faull Collapse 299]I'm like the only person on the planet who likes WYWTB more than TAYF. Both great albums too.[/quote]I actually like this better.

Unhappy_Dean
April 14th 2006


107 Comments


Short, sweet, and to the point. Nice review.

Pyramidman
April 15th 2006


1340 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

well kripes im going to have to disagree with you, but good review anyways

Storm In A Teacup
April 15th 2006


26775 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That's perfectly fine.

Did you get my e-mails?

Pyramidman
April 15th 2006


1340 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yes i did, thanks alot for the help

now all i have to do is submit it, wich for some reason doesnt want to work on my computer



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