Where You Want to Be

Where You Want to Be

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by Taking Back Sunday
     
 

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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

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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 (stereo)typical, 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.]

Editorial Reviews

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+)

Product Details

Release Date:
07/31/2012
Label:
Victory Records
UPC:
0746105022812
catalogNumber:
2281

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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
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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Where You Want to Be 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
*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 (:*
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd was definitely awesome!! As good as the first one. I recommend New American Classic. You should definitely check it out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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