ALBUM: Taking Back Sunday – Taking Back Sunday

Release Date: June 28th, 2011
Label: Warner Bros. Records


Taking Back Sunday are arguably one of the most popular bands of the last decade and have earned themselves a fiercely loyal fan base. Howeve,r when news of the band’s split way back in 2003 hit musical headlines everywhere, fans were left devastated as no one ever though guitarist/vocalist John Nolan, bassist Shaun Cooper would ever speak to – let alone work with – frontman Adam Lazarra, guitarist Eddie Reyes and drummer Mark O’Connell ever again.

Eight years on and Taking Back Sunday‘s self-titled is here and considering it is the band’s first with the “original” line-up in nine years, this album has a lot to answer for. Hardcore Taking Back Sunday fans will be dying to know if this is any good at all, and probably want it to sound a lot like ‘Tell All Your Friends’. Well, I can tell you it doesn’t, although this certainly doesn’t mean it’s a bad offering at all, far from it in fact.

Overall, you can tell that musically Taking Back Sunday have progressed no end since their first record, and despite the band’s differences, Lazarra and Nolan‘s conflicting vocals on tracks such as ‘Who Are You Anyway’ and ‘Best Places To Be A Mom’ complement each other perfectly, no doubt using some of the anger that has been buried deep inside the both of them in order to put this album together.

Whether you are a fan of Taking Back Sunday‘s heavier guitar work or slightly more radio friendly offerings, this album will cater for you both. On opener ‘El Paso’, TBS have taken a melodic hardcore approach to their riffs, making for a crushing opener to the album. The same can be said for ‘It Doesn’t Feel A Thing Like Falling’, which is packed to the brim with a chunky slugging riff throughout.

For fans of a slightly softer and more delicate Taking Back Sunday tracks such as ‘Faith’ and ‘Sad Saviour’ will be a delight to your ears, even though in some parts ‘Faith’ sounds like it’s come straight from a 30 Seconds To Mars album. ‘Sad Saviour’ comes at you as the album’s token ‘wave your hands in the air’ ballad with slow heavy guitar work and powerful drawn out vocals from Lazarra and Nolan, pushing aside any doubts that this record might transfer badly to a live setting.

Taking Back Sunday have always prided themselves on the passion and energy of their live shows, and with changes in the band’s line-up over the past decade, it’s easy to start pining over the original TBS and their captivating live performances. If you are a concerned fan worried about the well being of their live shows after this album, don’t worry there are enough anthems on this album to keep even the most dedicated TBS fan happy and fist-pumping.

Written by Steven Potter

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