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2009 release. Three years after its biggest-selling album to date - the #2 charting Louder Now - Taking Back Sunday returns with a new energy, a new guitarist and a new fearlessness on New Again, produced by David Kahne (Sublime, The Strokes, Paul McCartney). Having toured with Linkin Park's Projekt Revolution, opened for My Chemical Romance at Madison Square Garden, co-headlined Warped, and played Live Earth, Taking Back Sunday fulfills the expectations of a growing fan base and yet expands its musical boundaries with an album that ranges from anthemic Rock to engaging Pop, the relentless to the infectious. Taking Back Sunday is truly New Again!
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This album continues that trend, and depending on the way you see it, may be construed as "original." Original is fine if improvements are made, and the album is better all things considered, but there aren't really any noticeable improvements, neither in the lyrics department or the music department. Matthew Fazzi, who replaces TBS' erstwhile lead guitarist, Fred Mascherino, lacks conspicuousness throughout, his vocals neither passionate nor powerful enough to match his predecessor's and sounding rather more like an afterthought than something integral to TBS' identity (as John Nolan's and Mascherino's did on former albums).
Granted, there are some stand-out tracks, like "Cut Me Up Jenny," a feisty song with a jaunty beat, and "Everything Must Go," a heartfelt lamentation of unrequited/capricious love reminiscent of "Brooklyn," but New Again is a supreme disappointment nevertheless. The fact that it took so many years to complete adds to the letdown after all the self-promoting ballyhoo (evident in its name "New Again"). Musically, it is less intricate than Where You Want to Be and Tell All Your Friends. Lyrically and production-wise, it is less mature and polished than Louder Now.
For those who prefer seeing some numbers:
1. New Again 4/5
2. Sink into Me 3/5
3. Lonely, Lonely 3/5
4. Summer Man 3/5
5. Swing 5/5
6. Where My Mouth Is 4/5
7. Cut me Up Jenny 5/5
8. Catholic Knees 3/5
9. Capital M-E 3/5
10. Carpathia 4/5
11. Everything Must Go 5/5
As you can see, there are definitely some tracks interspersed throughout that I would fain skip over when playing this CD to friends of mine who are unfamiliar with Taking Back Sunday. However, I would have no misgivings playing any of their earlier CDs in sequence and uninterrupted. Since none of their earlier CDs warranted a full 5/5 grade (Where You Want to Be and Tell All Your Friends come closest, earning a 4.5 in my book), and in all honesty this album isn't better or as good as Louder Now, which I rate a 4, I think a 3 or 3.5 is a fair mark to assign this very mediocre release.
I was so looking forward to a new Taking Back Sunday album come out earlier this year. I had the date saved.
Then I heard "Sink Into Me." Honestly, at first, I didn't care for it. But after seeing them perform it live in concert, I started liking it. It had a high energy.
Fastforward to getting the album, when I first heard it, I wasn't that impressed with it. I play TAYF to death, I love WYWTB, and LN is pretty cool. I thought of LN as the weakest of the 3, but not by much. It just didn't match the first 2, but I still enjoyed playing it. I had to force myself to play NA in June. I would fiddle around with the songs, and listen to them one at a time. I will say this, right away I fell in love with "Everything Must Go." That is such a great track, vocal and lyric wise. It is so powerful, and Adam shows such great emotion. I played that song and "Sink Into Me," which really reminds me of a concert. The others I'd experiment with.
I went maybe a month without playing the album. One day while returning from a trip, I decided to play the album. Then I learned this: the album serves for great driving or traveling music. It tends to play well with the movement and scenery. I then enjoyed it. Now I have some tracks that stand out due to certain lyrics I thought were clever/catchy, like on "Catholic Knees" and "Lonely, Lonely."
I'm not as disappointed with the album like I was when I first got it 4 months ago, but it really is my least favorite of their 4. I get that bands can't/don't want to do the same album all the time (and frankly am tired of bands saying that), but do they really have to change the sound that much? On album 5 for TBS, and I hope this doesn't take another 3 years, I pray that their sound returns to the old one, or, at the very least, is similar to it.
I don't regret buying this album at all. TBS is one of my favorite bands (second fav actually) and I will continue to support them. I love the music, though don't want it to keep going in the direction it is.
Then something amazing happened... I put my mp3 player (don't want to plug any one brand)on shuffle all, and this awesome song started to play. I said "who is this?" only to find out that it was the TBS album I had tossed to the side. I stopped the randomness and went directly to this album. It turns out I was too quick to judge. This is a very good album. Right now I still prefer the older stuff, but I catch myself singing "Sink into me" "New Again" and "Where my mouth is" randomly.
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This is a more mature album. The songwriting has grown up a bit and TBS succeeds at making a solid album. If you are looking for the old sound, purchase with caution. If you are open minded to good music, give this album a chance. It has some catchy songs that you will be singing to yourself without knowing it.