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Louder now is one of the best albums from taking back sunday. They are a pop punk, emo band with a great style. Their lyrics are good and their voice great. Certainly not for everyone can be a bit screamy at times but when your into that sort of musi it's a great cd. They are an amazing band, saw them live and they were just as good. They don't seem to have done much lately, however they definately left with a bang. The cd will just be liked by a specific audience and generally this is who it is aimed at, if you like blink 182, lost prophets all that sort of stuff I realy recommend you give this band a try and I'd start with this album as it is definately one of their best! Many great songs 'liar' and 'whats it feel like to be a ghost' being my favourite two, but its hard to choose with there being such a great selection.
Well what can I say about Taking Back Sunday? Yet another amazing music band to come out of Long Island New York, and I think they are sticking something in the water!!
Quick facts = They formed in 1999 originally with Brand New's Jesse Lacey on vocals and from then and now have had several line up changes, their first album was Tell All Your Friends in 2002, lost and gained a couple of members who went on to form Straylight Run, the absolutely lush second album Where You Want To Be was released in 2004 on Victory, then this was their first major label debut, and Louder Now was released in 2006 under Warner Bros. The most recent album is New Again which came out in 2009.
Louder Now for me, as well as Where You Want To Be, is a personal highlight of the bands long career, being one of the best albums they ever released.
5 of the songs on the album were released as singles with Twenty Twenty Surgery a UK only single. No idea how popular they were, hopefully very popular because this album is a very polished affair compared with the more raw, rougher brattish style of previous efforts, although a slightly more mature sound is seen in Louder Now, it loses none of the original appeal of the band, which is catchy choruses, dual vocals, pounding guitars and the emotional sensibilities of the lyrics.
1) What It Feels Like To Be A Ghost
The guitar intro kicks into full on pounding drums and very catchy riffs and the dual gang style vocals which I have come to know and love from this band, the vocals sometimes sugary and sweet although powerful this is one hell of a catchy song, the slightly repetitive chorus does it for me. I love when it breaks down into the gently drums and guitar with Lazarras breathy vocals that sound quite literally dripping with honey, then punching straight back in with the guitar riff and the also catchy bridge repeated.
It leads fluidly into track 2) Liar (It Takes One To Know One) which is a bit more full on, with again overlapping group vocals and some gorgeous harmonies going on, this one really showcases the lyrical capabilities of the band and is extremely well written, almost the perfect pop song maybe? A short 3.10, snappy and punchy song, one of my favourites here. Love the screamo ish bit at the end.
Track number 3 MakeDamnSure is probably one of the best known songs for the band, and whereas is a very very good song, some of the lyrics make me cringe slightly and I don't quite know why. Slightly more gentle than the other offerings on the album but considering the fact it is the most recognised song I don't think it is all that poppy, in fact some of the most powerful vocals and raw emotion are present in this song. Does not appeal to me a great deal however.
Up Against is the next track which is a very interesting listen and a very short 3 minutes. Again not my favourite song, not particularly catchy and one of the more boring songs on the album. Too slow for my liking.
My Blue Heaven is the token slowie song on the album, or is it? It would have you thinking so with it's gentle introduction, sounding a little muffled on the vocals, but with an adorable bridge and chorus. Massively singalongable! Not too keen on the plodding along verses but I love the orchestral feel when it kicks in a bit more.
Well the difficult 'middle bit' is now over, on to the real good stuff.....
Twenty Twenty Surgery is one of the most perfect punk-emo-hardcore-pop songs out there, Adams voice is really versatile and this is a loud thumping number with again a hugely catchy chorus and big guitars. Singable and danceable and a crowd pleaser at live shows quite rightly too!!!
Spin is one of the heaviest songs on the album for me and this is TBS for me at its best, still with its catchy elements but definitely a lot more hardcore than the rest of the album, reminding me of the earlier releases of the band. Much more raw than the rest.
Divine Intervention is an acoustic slowie which is a nice change from the rest of the album I guess, although this side of TBS does not interest me a great deal, I find it a little boring and repetitive, technically it is very good but just not really to my taste.
Miami is the perfect, archetypal Taking Back Sunday with lush as sugar vocals, this is damn near a perfect song as you will ever get too and why this was not a single instead of the more weaker offerings I do not have a clue!! Simply sublime and unmistakenly TBS. The wicked riff halfway through is a very pleasant surprise. Powerful and real and the best song on the album.
Error:Operator is another hardcore inspired track with its strong and powerful twin vocals and thundering guitars, whereby managing to contain the fragility which is the basis of all Taking Back Sunday songs. Another short but sweet song, with some very technical guitar work. Not sure on the morphed muffled vocals nearer then end but an excellent fast song.
I'll Let You live is ok but by no means a great exiter for the album, plodding on far too much like they are stuck in the mud or something. I can see why people would like it, but I do not, it is far too dull and bland to be a real winner, some parts I do like for instance the bridge is ok, but I just cannot stand the slowness of it!!! Towards the end when it gets much heavier, that is the way forward.
Right then this is one of my favourite bands and has been for years and years, for the most part an extremely capable major label debut what still retains what we all saw in TBS from the first album or 2, a refreshing band which truly is top of its genre, and lead where others follow.
Yes there is the odd skipper track but 70 per cent of it just absolutely reels me in then blows me away again in a matter of seconds. Hence I give it 4 stars, losing a star for the bad ending track and a couple of filler bits within the middle of the record.
Show 'em how its done ;)
Louder Now is the latest album from Pop-Punk/Emo favourites Taking Back Sunday, and in my opinion is by far their strongest effort to date
Fans of the overly shouty, poorly produced debut 'Tell All Your Friends' may not find much comfort here, as the sound is buffed to a high sheen, guitars crunch where they once scratched, the twin vocal work is nice and powerful rather than bratty, and the drums punch holes in the speakers.
Opening Track 'Whats It Feel Like to Be A Ghost' is an effective track, but hardly one of the better songs on the album. It serves as a decent introduction into the improved sound however, and makes the listener want to delve deeper. From there, the following two tracks 'Liar' and first single 'MakeDamnSure' are absolute corkers, full of melody and controlled aggression - they are the perfect encapsulations of what the new Taking Back Sunday sound is.
As the album progresses, there are a couple of weaker moments - Both 'Divine Intervention' and 'I'll Let You Live' dont match up to the songs around them, and will not live particularly long in the memory. These two minor disappointments are blown away though by the two fiercest songs on the album, 'Spin' and 'Error Operator'. The former is a rapid blast, probably the heaviest thing the band has ever recorded whilst at the same time being supremely melodic, the latter is bordering on prime Post Hardcore in the vein of Quicksand.
Hopefully, Taking Back Sunday will continue in this vein with their forthcoming new album - If they pull it off successfully, they can proudly take their place at the front of the rock queue.
'Louder Now' is the first major label release from Taking Back Sunday, an eleven track album of alternative rock excellence. When the band first emerged on the scene in 2002 with the debut album 'Tell All Your Friends', Taking Back Sunday was very much an emo band; over the years the bands sound has evolved however and with this release the band showcased a more mature sound than ever before. This album comprises of some of the bands best work, whereas in the past the bands albums had always been fairly inconsistent; 'Louder Now' is fantastic from start to finish and always here the music of Taking Back Sunday is greatly impressive. The album was released through Warner Bros. Records in 2006 and is the bands third studio release; a fantastic third album of music it is from the band too.
'What's It Feel Like to Be a Ghost' provides this album with the most brilliant of starts, this is one of my favourite tracks from this album in fact and always here the music of Taking Back Sunday is highly impressive. The chorus to this track is absolutely excellent, there's also a driving guitar riff through the very heart of this one which is very well put across by the band indeed. The vocals come howling out of the mouth of Adam Lazzara here, the chorus is belted out by the man and right from the offset here the music created with this 'What's It Feel Like to Be a Ghost' track is hugely impressive.
From the fantastic first track of this album the band pushes on and 'Liar (It Takes One To Know One)' is another definite highlight from this 'Louder Now' release. It's not as powerful as the opening anthem, still an incredibly well put across piece of rock music however and one that I personally thoroughly enjoy listening to. Once more the chorus is blasted out, the vocal performance is incredibly heartfelt here and you can tell that the bands lead vocalist Adam Lazzara is really putting his all into this one.
Tracks such as 'MakeDamnSure', 'Twenty-Twenty Surgery', and 'Error: Operator' are other personal favourites of mine from this release, never does the music present on this album disappoint but these tracks most definitely are my favourite of the lot. The first time I listened to this album I was really rather stunned, never before had I heard such a strong album from Taking Back Sunday and this 'Louder Now' release made me look at Taking Back Sunday in a whole new light. I'd always seen Taking Back Sunday as a fairly average emo band, this album from them is absolutely excellent however and with this eleven track release Taking Back Sunday really proved itself to be a highly impressive rock act. 'Error: Operator' is actually the track that appeals to me most of all from this album, it's the pen-ultimate track on this 'Louder Now' release and it would seem that the band was here saving its very best until last. This is such a fine rock track, it provides for an incredible three minutes of music and always here the Taking Back Sunday sound is absolutely magnificent.
This 2006 album release from Taking Back Sunday is most definitely one that is well worth investing in, it's an exquisitely fine album of music from the band and for those that love their rock music then this album should most definitely be of great appeal. At 45 minutes and 38 seconds in length, the music of Taking Back Sunday remains excellent throughout the entire duration of this album and never does the sound created by the band fail to impress here. 'Louder Now' is an excellent alternative rock release from Taking Back Sunday, the best album of the bands career in my opinion and the one that I personally derived the most enjoyment and musical satisfaction from listening to. Definitely give this album a go, don't however expect the emo sound of old to protrude through here with this 'Louder Now' album from Taking Back Sunday. This is a fine eleven track album of music, not one of these eleven tracks disappoints and always here the music of Taking Back Sunday has much to offer.
"Louder Now" is the third studio band from emo-esque American outfit Taking Back Sunday, following the successful releases "Tell All Your Friends" and "Where You Want To Be"
Highly antipated and with a large tour taking place during it's release, many fans and critics were expecting big things...
Opening track "What's It Feel Like To Be A Ghost?" starts off proceedings brilliantly in my opinion. The opening guitar riff is a catchy, crunching tune that is synonymous with the band, and leads directly into the second track "Liar (It Takes One To Know One)". Now, I'm one of those pedantic people who don't like song names with brackets in, but these guys seem to love it for some reason or another. As for the song itself, it doesn't hit you hard as the opener, but it's melodic cries of "liar" over the chorus fit well to the structure of the song and is a worthy addition to any set list.
The third track is the first single from the album, "MakeDamnSure" (yes, all one word). Now I hadn't heard this song before I brought the album, so had nothing to go on. On first impressions it appears nowhere near as empthatic as the first song on the album, but as you give it a couple of listens and appreciate the melodies of the pre-chorus and chorus, you begin to appreciate it more - a top tune.
"Up Against (Blackout)" and "My Blue Heaven" do seem to drop in standards somewhat from the top quality opening three tracks. I've listened to both several times now, and they just don't "hit" me in the same way the previous songs do, which is a serious shame.
"Twenty-Twenty Surgery" and "Spin" follow next, and improve somewhat on their predecessors, but as I noted with the band's previous two albums, a lot of the tracks are very "samey", and here are two prime examples of this on this album.
"Divine Intervention" is a pleasant change - an acoustic track that changes the mood of the album perfectly. Some short-sighted fans may not like this track, but I see it as a pleasant change.
"Miami" returns to the band's standard, heavier style of music. It's a strong track with the catchy chanting of, unsurprisingly, "miami" starting off the chorus, along with a methodical build-up during the bridge.
"Error: Operator" and "I'll Let you Live" are the final two tracks from the album. The former is a worthy track off the album, and perhaps lost a little being this late on in the track listing. The final track however, just drifts off as a last track kind of song...
It won't get the 5-star treatment off me as not every track is as good as the previous one, but just 3-stars would be too harsh, so 4-stars will do nicely, along with an assuring recommendation.
Don't get me wrong, I like this band, but "Tell All Your Friends" is a better album...however, if you like that, buy this one too! At the moment, you can grab it off Amazon for £8.99 - so please, do!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 What's It Feel Like To Be A Ghost
2 Liar (It Takes One To Know One)
4 Up Against (Blackout)
5 My Blue Heaven
6 Twenty Twenty Surgery
8 Divine Intervention
10 Error Operator
11 I'll Let You Live