Where You Want to Be

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Where You Want to Be builds on the hardcore-power-meets-pop-skills of Taking Back Sunday's debut, Tell All Your Friends, and reveals the group to be, in many ways, a quintessential latter-day emo band. Not because they're redefining the style's sound, but because their music is defined by so many of emo's nearly cliché tendencies. A gerund-led band name? Check. Cryptically bittersweet titles like "Little Devotional"? Present and accounted for. Shouty, anthemic vocals, string-driven ballads like "New American Classic," and wordy, confessional lyrics "Give me a chance? Whatever...you're so hit or miss, and that's so '93" are all in place as well. However, while Where You ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Where You Want to Be builds on the hardcore-power-meets-pop-skills of Taking Back Sunday's debut, Tell All Your Friends, and reveals the group to be, in many ways, a quintessential latter-day emo band. Not because they're redefining the style's sound, but because their music is defined by so many of emo's nearly cliché tendencies. A gerund-led band name? Check. Cryptically bittersweet titles like "Little Devotional"? Present and accounted for. Shouty, anthemic vocals, string-driven ballads like "New American Classic," and wordy, confessional lyrics "Give me a chance? Whatever...you're so hit or miss, and that's so '93" are all in place as well. However, while Where You Want to Be might be more than a little stereotypical, it's not embarrassing; songs like "A Decade Under the Influence," "One Eighty by Summer," and "Number Five With a Bullet" do have some real impact, and show some songwriting growth since Tell All Your Friends. But since the band doesn't take the occasionally cringe-worthy risks of some of their emo brethren, Taking Back Sunday sometimes comes off as less than distinctive, and the album can sound like a generic soundtrack to generic teenage angst; even though it's a nearly universal subject, it should never sound routine. Where You Want to Be is definitely a solid album -- especially considering that it was recorded so soon after half the band was replaced -- but crafting something a little more unique would take Taking Back Sunday's music that much farther. [Where You Want to Be was released with a bonus CD of songs and videos from like-minded Victory Records artists, including Hawthorne Heights, Bayside, Action Action, and Silverstein.]
New York Times - Jon Pareles
Song after ringing song whiplashes between recrimination and self-criticism as the guitars elevate whines to anthems and make squabbles sound like triumphs.
Entertainment Weekly - Sean Richardson
The driving first single, "A Decade Under the Influence," will have jaded romantics swooning -- in the mosh pit. (B+)

The driving first single, "A Decade Under the Influence," will have jaded romantics swooning -- in the mosh pit. (B+)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/31/2012
  • Label: Victory Records
  • UPC: 746105022812
  • Catalog Number: 2281
  • Sales rank: 10,276

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Set Phasers to Stun (3:03)
  2. 2 Bonus Mosh, Pt. 2 (3:06)
  3. 3 A Decade Under the Influence (4:07)
  4. 4 This Photograph Is Proof (I Know You Know) (4:11)
  5. 5 The Union (2:50)
  6. 6 New American Classic (4:35)
  7. 7 I Am Fred Astaire (3:43)
  8. 8 One-Eighty by Summer (3:53)
  9. 9 Number Five With a Bullet (3:49)
  10. 10 Little Devotional (3:07)
  11. 11 ...Slowdance on the Inside (6:58)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ohio Is for Lovers - Hawthorne Heights (4:04)
  2. 2 Smashed into Pieces - Silverstein (3:44)
  3. 3 Right Side of the Bed - Atreyu (3:44)
  4. 4 Masterpiece - Bayside (3:46)
  5. 5 Drug Like - Action Action (7:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Taking Back Sunday Primary Artist
Matthew Rubano Group Member
Adam Lazzara Group Member
Mark O'Connell Group Member
Fred Mascherino Group Member
Nick Torres Voices
Eddie Reyes Group Member
Technical Credits
Lou Giordano Producer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Taking Back Sunday Composer
Ted Young Contributor
Hawthorne Heights Composer
Travis Miguel Composer
Alex Varkatzas Composer
Brandon Saller Composer
Brad Filip Artwork
Dan Jacobs Composer
Shane Told Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BEST!!!

    this cd is the best! this is the 1st cd i've ever loved.its really good! i LOVE a decade under the influence! its so adicting! the whloe cd is really awesome! the way that they sing the songs sounds so good! I LOVE THIS CD! BUY IT!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It really is "Where You Want To Be"

    You know the feeling where you don't have to click around to find a song you like, but instead just listen all the way through? Well, this is what you have with Taking Back Sunday's "Where You Want to Be." It is questionable that it is better than TBS' debut, "Tell All You Friends," a bitter ode to girls who broke their hearts and friends who betrayed them. That in itself is emo music, and "Where You Want to Be" also follows those guidelines very closely. Taking Back Sunday uses catchy choruses and touching "metaphorical" lyrics to express themselves. "This glass house is burning down, you light the match and I'll stick around," and "The key to the castle is right were you left it" are among the lyrics that express deeper meaning. TBS also uses actual quotes and events in their lives such as "Just get dressed, don't do this" and "You're so reckless, so thoughtless, so dearest, I could careless." Their words are very unique, a relief from a lot of the music today. They are popular among teenagers because we can relate to some or all of these songs. Did I fail to mention the love for loud guitars, drums, and the occasional screaming of lyrics, because they have plenty of that also. From start to finish, TBS has put together a very entertaining c.d. that will leave emo kids and any other kind of music listener begging for an encore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great!

    This cd was definitely awesome!! As good as the first one. I recommend New American Classic. You should definitely check it out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Most def worth the money

    Yeah, TBS has lost some edge and some of what made it stand out from all those other emopunk bands, but the cd is still great. A lot more feeling seems to be put into these songs and it's a lot more refined than the last one. i dunno if that's good or not, but the cd is something you'll want to burn for yourself and put in every stereo you own so TBS is always at hand.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    not the same as the first

    This is a great album, but I though that Taking Back Sunday lost some of their edge on this one. The first album was outstanding, and this one is a bit more mellow, and so I dont know if this one is better or worse, it just depends on your point of view.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    outstanding once again

    i absolutely love the new tbs cd, the 1st song set phasers to stun is one of my favorite and i love listenin to not only that song but the whole cd over and over. i love the lead singers voice and just the way the sound, theyre totally awesome. i think my favorite song overall is new american classic, its a pretty song and i love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    *They're Backkk* (:

    *hMm so I open the new Taking Back Sunday cd and I'm thinking...there is no way its as good as [tell all your friends] but it is. This cd is just as good if not better then the last one and Taking Back Sunday is a definite favorite of mine...way to go guys! Keep up the good work..I just hate there are so few tracks...but I do admit I got my money's worth (:*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME

    I absolutly love this CD! It's just as good. Every song is my favorite taking back sunday is my favorite band I think they are soo awesome. I like how some of the songs are slower on this CD.

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