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Taking Back Sunday 'New Again'

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Friday, July 24, 2009  RssIcon

A review of the album 'New Again' by Taking Back Sunday

Taking Back Sunday - New Again

Review Snapshot: 'New Again' is a typically poor album by a terrible North American band. Standard mainstream emo rock targeted at young teenagers that do not know better. There perhaps should be watchdogs set up to stop this practice.

The Cluas Verdict?3 out of 10

Full Review:
When I was listening to ‘New Again’, I was honestly hoping that my battery might die. I was wishing that the annoying sound of Taking Back Sunday’s latest album would give way to the drone of commuter rail. Alas no. I persevered however and gave the band a chance. After all, I did not care for ‘Closer’ the first time I heard it at 14. My ears have deceived me before. I can now say though, that Taking Back Sunday are no Joy Division. They’re not even on a par with A Certain Ratio.

‘Bleed America’ - the record that launched a thousand terrible emo bands. Jimmy Eat World have a lot to answer for. The difference between Jimmy Eat World and their spawn is that Jimmy Eat World actually had some good, fun throw-away songs. Taking Back Sunday on the other hand just display repetitive distorted guitars, basic guitars and occasionally cringe-worthy lyrics. I could not help but think that Taking Back Sunday sound like a generic winner of a high school battle of the bands. If I had my way, they would have stayed in that moment of glory in their sweaty gymnasium.

Single ‘Sink Into Me’ does have its merits. I mean I can see how it can appeal to its audience of young teenagers. It has relatively ‘deep’ lyrics about relationships and infatuation. The song rawks. The lead singer sounds angsty. Their parents probably don’t understand them either. Some teenagers just love this stuff. I might have too if I was 8 years younger. If there are any fans of the band reading this now, I implore you not to go straight for comment box below to lambast my ignorance, but instead to pause and take a deep breath. You are better than this. Go and search for Times New Viking’s last album and listen to it instead. I’m sure you own ‘Nevermind’, but do you have ‘Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain’ by Pavement? Go explore and you’ll never look back, I promise.

Garret Cleland

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6 comment(s) so far...


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Re: Taking Back Sunday 'New Again'

enough said

By This review is lame on   Saturday, July 25, 2009
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Re: Taking Back Sunday 'New Again'

i disagree with you. it's better than a 3. for sure

By john on   Saturday, July 25, 2009
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Re: Taking Back Sunday 'New Again'

Typical bullshit review from the typicial sort of idiot who believes his musical taste is so much more clever than everyone else, nothing new here. A badly written review from a badly conceived individual. Now go and run back to your "I'm more clever than thou" Pavement albums.
Now objectively speaking, it's not their best album (see "Louder Now") but it's a solid 7 out of 10 album. Have seen them a couple of times supporting this album (Groezrock, The Academy) and they are still a cracking live band who always give it socks even whilst incorporating a brand new member in Matt Fazzi. Imagine and i'm 31, perish the thought!

By Al on   Friday, September 18, 2009
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Re: Taking Back Sunday 'New Again'

to who ever wrote this .... srry but ur an dumbass with terrible taste in music so stfu and stop doggin a great band

By TBS fan on   Tuesday, January 05, 2010
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Re: Taking Back Sunday 'New Again'

My wife (who is 4 years younger than I am), absolutely loves Taking Back Sunday. I was in highschool in 1999 and thankfully missed this band entirely. She however, was indoctrinated by this awful brand of pop punk shit, and there are days when she'll play them on the stereo. I've tried to give them a chance, I've tried to ignore their music entirely when she plays it. Just hearing them play honestly makes me mad, I don't understand the allure here. This is music for shallow failure girls to put makeup on to.

By 100% Pants on   Monday, June 28, 2010
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Re: Taking Back Sunday 'New Again'

whoever wrote this needs to fuck off. This is a great band

By Marissa on   Monday, June 28, 2010

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