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This is the record that a lot of people never thought would happen: A brand new Taking Back Sunday album that features the same line-up as the band's platinum-selling 2002 debut Tell All Your Friends. Although the players here - frontman Adam Lazzara, guitarists Eddie Reyes and John Nolan, drummer Mark O'Connell and bassist Shaun Cooper - are the same, it's important to point out that this album isn't a sequel to this band's debut as much as it is the beginning of a new chapter of innovation and productivity from this celebrated Long Island rock act.

What began with the simple idea of all five members coming together at the Sonic Ranch in the border town of Tornillo, Texas (near El Paso), last year quickly resulted in a sonic windfall that saw the band writing nearly a dozen songs - and from there Taking Back Sunday never looked back. "The whole experience of us getting back together was really freeing," Lazzara explains. "We went into all of this knowing that our music didn't have to sound a certain way, so we just decided to see what happens and this is what came of it." Nolan adds, "I think we all knew that we had to take this band to a place where it hadn't been before for it to really work; it couldn't all be about nostalgia."

Let's face it, it would be simple for Taking Back Sunday to get back together solely in order to embark on an anniversary tour for Tell All Your Friends, but despite their previous successes they are quick to point out this record is a brand new beast that is ushering in a different era for the band. "This album isn't us trying to be something we're not," Lazzara summarizes, "it's just us and I'm really proud of that." If you listen to Taking Back Sunday with an open mind, you'll agree that it is an important record that marks a giant leap forward for a band that truly defies categorization.


1. El Paso
2. Faith (When I Let You Down)
3. Best Places to Be a Mom
4. Sad Savior
5. Who Are You Anyway?
6. Money (Let It Go)
7. This is All Now
8. It Doesn't Feel A Thing Like Falling
9. Since You're Gone
10. You Got Me
11. Call Me In The Morning

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 28, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B004Z18160
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,843 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kevin C. McCarthy on June 28, 2011
Format: Audio CD
The title says what is undoubtedly the most important sentiment I can give: thank you Taking Back Sunday for, to use an old cliche, "getting the band back together." This is absolutely THE TBS that I loved with Tell All Your Friends and it certainly blends the best elements of TAYF and Where You Want to Be (which was a more mature and skillful second album). I'm not discounting the albums that came after WYWTB but if this was only their third album, I'd be extremely satisfied with their song selection.

Personally, Louder Now was a huge drop off in terms of quality and song writing. New Again tried but never really hit the mark. This album, however, is right up there with TAYF and WYWTB. I've never been excited for a band to get back to it's roots because, frankly, it rarely happens (especially with the lineups that made their best albums) and when it does, it's typically disappointing. But disappointing doesn't describe the original TBS at all, never did and with this new album, it still doesn't. I have had this thing on play nonstop for over a week (thank you local record stores for selling albums before the date!). I really wish it would never end.

Now, I've never been one to provide full on reviews on individual songs, so I will simply list the tracks and give a 5 star-based rating to each along with a very short description. This is obviously personal preference.

1. El Paso - 4/5 - When I first heard this song when they posted it to YouTube a few months prior, I didn't love it. In fact, I thought their reunion might not produced the type of album that I hoping for. Turns out, in the whole span of the album, it's perfect and it's certainly a great way to begin the album.

2. Faith (When I Let You Down) - 5/5 - I *love* this song.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Todd Tyler on September 2, 2011
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I love TBS. In fact, I have seen them in concert countless times and used to play songs from Tell All Your Friends on my college radio station. I felt that New Again was awesome and listened to it a ton in the last year. So this album was highly anticipated. However, it fell way short of my expectations. I felt that they just came up with a few new lyrics for songs that have been successful in the past. You'd think this would be good because I like their other music. However, this self titled album wasn't new or edgy or different, and therefore, hasn't excited me much. There are good songs, but overall, I painfully give this album only three stars. I still love TBS, but this just didn't do it for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By College Student on January 21, 2013
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...but once I did, can't stop listening. This is not "Tell All Your Friends," that is for sure. Is there growth in the band? Sure. Maturity? Definitely. After the first listen, I felt indifferent to the album. Next times around, though, dang. Awesome. All the songs have their own unique charm. I won't elaborate further, I'll leave the rest up for you to decide. But I will say, don't knock it 'til you try it. I have a feeling, in the end, you won't be disappointed.
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I knew this wasn't going to be easy. I put off listening to it for a while. I had read the mediocre reviews, but decided to finally see for myself what their latest effort was all about.

I'm not frustrated that the original lineup didn't result in a return to form as I feel that ship set sail years ago. Rather it's sad that their clear trajectory towards Rock has resulted in so many mediocre albums. Is it so much to expect a band that used to get you excited to do well in another style? I'm sure there are plenty of great genre-hopping examples, but I'll cite Beastie Boys as one instance. They managed to do rap, punk, funk, and all sorts of tunes while keeping the music interesting and engaging. Instead Taking Back Sunday seem to be going the typical "interesting band turned mediocre" route that plagues so many musicians.

What's truly sad is how they appear to be earnest in their intentions with this record. I listened to the commentary tracks about how they were excited about this piece or that. It's clear that they think it's good material, perhaps the best they've written in a while. I read somewhere that they didn't care for their last album, which to me was a stronger release than this one.

One of the main things that always impressed me about this band was their knack for turning non-obvious progressions into hooks.. an impressive feat for a punk/emo band. Also the simplicity of their guitar work (as a guitarist you can see where they were just messing around with notes near their hand and came up with an idea), which would be combined with kick ass drums, interesting bass, and crazy/cocky lyrics to pull off one hell of a stunt that defined a genre. Gone are those days, and you're left with straight-forward, forgettable Rock.
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Like most TBS fans, I really got into the band in 2002 after listening to "Tell All Your Frieds" throughout my freshman year of college. The following year I was ready to see TBS at Warped Tour when I found out they had cancelled the remaining dates do to John Nolan & Shaun Cooper leaving the band. I was pretty bummed hearing about that. After findning replacements in Fred Mascherino & Matt Rubano, the band released their follow up album to TAYF, "Where You Want To Be". I thought it was a really solid album and although not exactly what I came to expect from their debut, it still got plenty of play in my car. After "Where You Want To Be" I feel the band's following releases, "Louder Now" and "New Again", progressively got less and less enjoyable. Those two albums (especially "Louder Now") felt too polished with a heavy studio sound, not to mention the lyrics became a bit dull.

Now flash forward to "Taking Back Sunday", when I found out that the original line-up (from TAYF) was back together and recording, I was curious to hear what the sound would be like with them back in the studio together after 7+ years. Well, it is EXACTLY and BETTER than I thought it would be. This album has elements of their first album but in a "grown up" kind of way. They still refrence relationships but not in a high school/college way of percieving them, but of an adult way of looking at them. I like that Adam and John still interchange vocals throughout certain songs like they did in TAYF. The lyrics are smart and fresh, and the guitar and drums really stand out throughout the album. My only complain is that I wish they had a couple more songs on the album, after the first play I felt as if it was over in a flash (though hardly a complaint).
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