Like so many of their emo peers, Taking Back Sunday gets increasingly poppy as their career winds on, a reflection of their advancing age as much a shifting musical direction brought on by the departure of guitarist Fred Mascherino. His absence has left vocalist Adam Lazzara firmly in charge, a subtle shift in power referenced in the title of their fourth album, New Again, so dubbed because the group feels like a new, different group now that Matthew Fazzi has filled Mascherino's shoes. And that assessment is correct, at least as far as the band's attitude goes: this is brighter and bigger in every regard, never shying away from arena-filling hooks, an attitude that turns slower numbers like "Where My Mouth Is" into a genuine power ballad without a trace of irony. This large, cavernous sound camouflages the lingering emo elements which largely surface in the angst-mining lyrics, as well as the occasional bellow, and even if this lack of stridency may alienate some longtime followers, this gleaming pop-punk makeover is the band at its most immediate and easy to enjoy.
|Label:||Warner Bros / Wea|
Performance CreditsTaking Back Sunday Primary Artist
Matthew Rubano Group Member
Matt Fazzi Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Adam Lazzara Vocals,Group Member
Mark O'Connell Drums,Group Member
Ed Reyes Guitar
Eddie Reyes Group Member
Technical CreditsBill Appleberry Engineer
Rob Gordon Marketing
David Kahne Producer,overdub engineer,Audio Production
Tom Whalley Executive Producer
Matt Squire Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Jillian Newman Management
TJ Landig Marketing
Jamie Seigel Producer,Engineer
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Another incredible addition to the collection this band has created in the last decade. Don't miss out!
My latest Taking Back Sunday review for "New Again" can be viewed on my blog. Here: http://venomousformaldehyde.blogspot.com/2009/05/taking-back-sunday-new-again-review.html Thank you for reading!