In all words, I have been a fan of Taking Back Sunday for a while and they're music has always been awesome. However, Louder Now has been somewhat of a disappointment. Although the sound is much crisper and louder, it doesn't seem right and it's an album that doesn't click with their past productions. However, albums aren't supposed to sound the same and change is a natural process, however in my personal opinion, this change of sound isn't my favorite.
01. What's It Feel Like To Be A Ghost?
I have to admit, I'm a fan of this song. It's a great way to start off the album and it gives you a nice taste of their new sound. It's probably one of the best tracks on the album. The sound is crisp, clearer and defiantly louder.
02. Liar (It Takes One To Know One)
I'm not really fond of this song, it's not really anything great. I defiantly do not like the chorus or how the song is sung. This song is to repetitious in a really bad way. Not a good follow up track.
I have a strange obsession with this song and it's my favorite track on the album. MakeDamnSure was TBS' debut single off the new album and it was a great choice. The lyrics and overall sound is great and this song makes the album worthwhile. Unlike Liar, MakeDamnSure is repetitious in a good sounding way; probably a clear favorite for everyone.
04. Up Against (Blackout)
Up Against (Blackout) comes off very strong in the beginning but then slows down to make it more bearable. This song is probably one of the loudest tracks on the album. In my opinion, I'm not really fond of it but it's not terrible. It's very catchy.
05. My Blue Heaven
As you now the chorus is from Breaking Pangaea's song Wedding Dress. This is a good song, I really enjoy it. I like the way the song flows and how it shifts from soft to hard. Defiantly a song to listen to.
06. Twenty-Twenty Sugery
I really cannot stand this song, it came off strong in the beginning but lost me totally in the chorus. I don't know how the chorus goes with the rest of the lyrics, but it is indeed catchy and a good mainstream song for their UK single. I know twenty-twenty means standard vision, but maybe I need a few more listens to the song to understand it.
This track is defiantly the loudest off the album. I can't decide whether I like it or not, it's too noisy for me and it seems like a "go crazy" song. It's very fast paced and is completely different from their older sound. However, this song does show how good Fred and Mark are with their instruments. However, this is a good song, I tend to like it much more than hate it.
08. Divine Intervention
Divine Intervention is a song you have to listen to and grow into. It's defiantly not anything like Your Own Disaster or New American Classic. It's much more rough sounding and raspy. I do enjoy the glockenspeil or xylophone or whatever they're using to break between the versus. I like this song but it's one I had to listen to a lot to get into.
Dear lordy, I do not like this song at all. There's just something about this song that irks me out of my skin. Miami is defiantly a song I would take off this album and replace with Sleep. It's really lame and tends to be more for a mainstream target.
10. Error Operator
Number 10 is my favorite number and Error Operator is one of the best songs off the album as well. Although, I prefer the older version off Fantastic 4, the newer version is really well done to.
11. I'll Let You Live
I actually like this song, the guiatr riffs are nice and so are the vocals. TBS brought in Fred's wife to sing vocals and she does a nice job. This is defiantly a great song to end the album off with.
Overall, I give this album a 7.5/10. It's defiantly not their best album and it's actually probably their worst. Hopefully, their next album will be much better than this.
I know a lot of people enjoy the "old" TBS but we have to face the fact, we'll never have it back. Tell All Your Friends is an instant classic of TBS' work and Where You Want To Be is right behind it. Louder Now will probably follow in the footsteps, but I find this an album you shouldn't listen to first if you haven't listened to TBS before.