Louder Now

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Depending on the level of aural assault you’re accustomed to, the title of Taking Back Sunday's major-label bow is either a promise or a threat. Either way, Louder Now delivers the goods, kicking up the decibels -- and the aggression -- without slipping into parody. The gauntlet is thrown down from the disc's first chords -- gnashing wails kick "What It Feels Like to Be a Ghost" into gear -- and the pace lets up only for a quick breather. The Sundays are savvy enough to know that even the staunchest headbanger needs to rest the noggin, and those interludes -- like "Divine Intervention," which pairs layers of acoustic instrumentation with subtle electronic beats -- up ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Depending on the level of aural assault you’re accustomed to, the title of Taking Back Sunday's major-label bow is either a promise or a threat. Either way, Louder Now delivers the goods, kicking up the decibels -- and the aggression -- without slipping into parody. The gauntlet is thrown down from the disc's first chords -- gnashing wails kick "What It Feels Like to Be a Ghost" into gear -- and the pace lets up only for a quick breather. The Sundays are savvy enough to know that even the staunchest headbanger needs to rest the noggin, and those interludes -- like "Divine Intervention," which pairs layers of acoustic instrumentation with subtle electronic beats -- up the impact of the disc's more feral offerings. There's nothing subtle about adrenaline-drenched songs like "Liar (It Takes One to Know One)," on which singer Adam Lazzara sounds ready to step into the ring with every single person who's ever done him wrong. While the Long Islanders proved their ability to bounce between those extremes on past albums, Louder Now showcases a heretofore hidden knack for melding brute strength and artistic aspiration, particularly on the lurching "Twenty-Twenty Surgery." The sonic progression -- concurrent with songwriting that’s begun to focus on issues beyond girl trouble -- gives Louder Now a punch that's sneakier, and more likely a knockout, than anything Taking Back Sunday have delivered before.
All Music Guide - Corey Apar
One has to hand it to Taking Back Sunday. Three albums in, they are now pretty much experts at re-creating their own sound, so much so that they can essentially make the same album repeatedly -- but you know, different -- yet still manage to rock hard enough underneath verbose lyrics that even those who notice the unabashed similarities to past releases just won't care. And yeah, obviously similar-sounding albums would be expected and somewhat desired from the same band. But really, it's quite obvious they take the "if it's not broke, don't fix it" motto straight to their emotive hearts. Since their debut Tell All Your Friends -- the album that broke TBS out as front-runners in the independent emo-rock scene of the early 2000s -- the band has managed to regurgitate their time-tested approach of layering multiple vocals spewing embittered lyrics over guitar-driven up-and-down dynamics on each subsequent release. Only by 2006, they've managed to influence so many upstarts along the way, their once-unique formula seems almost commonplace. With that being said, the band's songwriting has admittedly matured within that mold, honing their sound into one fit for arenas. Louder Now is an apt title for a super-tight, aggressive album that falls somewhere between their last two, tapping the heartfelt vigor of Tell All Your Friends in order to give Where You Want to Be a swift, square kick in the pants. "What's It Feel Like to Be a Ghost?" opens with terse riffing that soon surges with a composed feeling of frenzy over a thick, dirty bassline as Adam Lazzara declares "Are you up for, are you up for this?" Following suit, "Liar It Takes One to Know One" doesn't miss a beat, rocking out amid trademark, animated wordplay between Lazzara and guitarist Fred Mascherino. "Twenty-Twenty Surgery" simply soars with the richest vocals on the album, and "My Blue Heaven" whose beginning vaguely resembles Third Eye Blind's "Wounded" brings in the strings for added effect. Louder Now benefits from Eric Valentine's clean production touch that isn't overly slick, giving the band plenty of breathing room to ponder, crunch, and explode at will with seamless elasticity. Taking Back Sunday is a prime example of a band not needing a drastic makeover every few years to remain relevant to their audience. However, even if Louder Now brings the mosh-pit fun ready to be embraced by new and old fans alike, an attempt to push themselves further would be more than welcomed. Regardless, the album seems like it could finally boost TBS to the My Chemical Romance-level of airwave domination -- so watch out.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/25/2006
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624942429
  • Catalog Number: 49424
  • Sales rank: 63,928

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Taking Back Sunday Primary Artist
Elena Mascherino Background Vocals
Anton Patzner Violin, Viola
Lewis Patzner Cello
Judgement Day Strings
Technical Credits
Brian Gardner Mastering
Eric Valentine Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Tom Whalley Executive Producer
Joel Meyerowitz Cover Photo
Taking Back Sunday Composer
Terry Dry Management
Matt Radosevich Engineer
Brad Filip Artwork
Jillian Newman Management
Anton Patzner String Arrangements
Larry Weintraub Management
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    You really need to give this a listen

    A great cd. They have a great, fresh sound. Not like alot of what you hear on the radio, they have originality and are definately worth trying out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Taking Back Sunday Delivers Again

    TBS does not dissapoint here. This album is very strong from front to back. Tracks such as "Miami" "Liar" and "My Blue Heaven" that showcase Adam Lazarra's yowling vocals, and maturing lyrics highlight this album. Taking Back Sunday has come a long way since Tell All Your Friends"a personal favorite" and they have definately started to shed their emo tag, while still maintaining the style that has made them front-runners in the Alt-Indie Scene for years

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    I stumbled on taking back sunday one day when looking up my chemical romance (my fave band) i love adam's voice, totally addicting, and i always get their songs stuck in my head. this is totally worth buying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Different but still the same Taking Back Sunday

    I'm a fan of the old TBS stuff but even though Louder Now was different it was definitely a well put together album and you can just see how hard TBS worked on it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is a quite cool album

    I have not gotten the CD yet, but I am getting it tomorrow and I am SO exited because Tbs is a great band. The entire month of April I had the song "Makedamsure" stuck in my head. I can't wait!!! I just hope my 4 turns into a 5 when I get it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    They're freaking awesome!

    I bought their cd the other day, looking for something different and I was really surprised at how awesome they are! The lead singers voice is completely mesmerizing...you need to get this cd!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dang I love this Band TAKINGBACKSUNDAY

    i love this album especially "makedamnsure" i cant get it out of my head.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    even better than what I expected

    I was really excited when I first received this new album on my birthday. I think Tbs really out did themselves

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Remarkable

    Louder Now is no doubt an unforgettable album. The problem with the CD lies in the title. Some of the potential grandeur and details get lost in the noise. Thankfully that's not always the case, as on "MakeDamnSure", "Miami", and "Divine Intervention". Overall a very listenable album, with a few moments of obvious genuine inspiration.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tell All Your Friends to avoid Louder Now

    Louder Now was a huge letdown to all the longtime fans of Taking Back Sunday. This new Taking Back Sunday lacks everything it once had. Gone are the superior lyrics, unique sound, and powerful emotion. It is hard to believe that this same band once produced songs like Cute Without the 'E and There's No I In Team where the sound of the band's anger was tangible or anthing like Great Romances of the 20th Century where you too, could feel the sadness and self-mockery. Where You Want to Be suffered from the sudden loss of two band members, namely John Nolan but it still echoed the old power of the band with a promise of its possible return. We weren't that lucky. Louder Now is a boringly pop-like album, containing anticlimatic and irksome sound, (Especially in Divine Intervention, which contains an especially annoying clicking noise in the background and irritating howls of MI-AM-I in the song of the same name), with the same, meaninglessly standard lyrics of every add-water "emo" band. In a butchered version of Error: Operator, they say "We can't go back". I certainly hope they can.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Louder Now, More, and Again!!

    This album was a step-up for a band already at the front of a very large pack. Riding high on the emo wave that continues to show surprising strength despite a burgeoning and flooded market, Taking Back Sunday delivers what their fans have come to expect: gut-check lyrics, great vocals, and incredible music. The sound has matured with the band, and I have never been happier to be a TBS fan, especially in light of all their troubles with their ex-record label, it's great that they can make such a good record. It takes a few spins to adjust, but these songs sink in like the hieghts of Tell All Your Friends and Where You Want To Be. Check out these tracks, they will knock your argyle socks off: Liar, MakeDamnSure, My Blue Heaven, Miami, Twenty-Twenty Surgery, and I'll Let You Live. Is it as good as their first two albums? Absolutely. My only gripe is that it wasn't released in DualDisc. But this is a great album that leaves you satisfied and wanting more. Get it get it Get IT!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this cd is the best yet

    this is the only cd that i have heard from this NY band. the cd "louder now" has some great tracks like "Makedamnsure".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Album!

    It is a great album with great songs like MakeDamnSure and What's it feel like to be a ghost. i just got this album but it is awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    just a few more weeks......

    The wait is almost finaly over. I waited sooo long for this album just like everyone else. I hope this album is just as good as Tell All Your Friends and Where You Want To Be. What I do know is that two songs on that cd are awesome! I really hope that I love this cd just like the others. I HEART TAKING BACK SUNDAY!!! I also HEART PETE WENTZ!!!!JUST 38 MORE DAYS!!! (I think)

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