"Louder Now" (Warner Bros; 2006)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Taking Back Sunday is from Amityville, Long Island, New York. They have an alternative sound with a lean toward a heavier guitar. They also have an emo sound but this disc is more alternative than emo. I was really impressed with the guitar that came through my speakers. There are pick slides, hammer-ons, and some tough sounding solos. This is their fourth studio disc.

Some of their discs have a little bit of screamo on them but I wasn't tortured by any of that on this one. Every now and then a song will slow down in order to insert the emo element but then a blast of guitar will wake you back up. Thankfully, they only do that a few times. The singer has a good voice and when he stays in the same groove as the music they can rock your senses.

This disc did very well and so it was re-released later as a CD/DVD combo titled "Louder Now: Part One." There are a few bonus songs beyond this disc as well, of of which is on iTunes and a couple of imports from Japan if you are interested.

Download these: "What's It Feel Like To Be a Ghost," "Liar (It Takes One To Know One)," "Up Against (Blackout)," "Twenty-Twenty Surgery," "Spin," "Miami," and "Error: Operator."

Taking Back Sunday: Adam Lazzara - lead vocals, acoustic guitar and harmonica; Fred Mascherino - lead guitar, vocals; Eddie Reyes – guitar; Matt Rubano – bass; Mark O'Connell - drums and percussion.

For more information, check out http://www.takingbacksunday.com or http://www.myspace.com/takingbacksunday.

"Tell All Your Friends" (Victory Records; 2002)

Reviewed by Snidermann

Taking Back Sunday is good solid, punk rock music with a twisted pop presence. It has all the aspects of what makes punk great - it's simple, fast and it fills you with energy when you listen to it. What more do you need?

The band writes and performs tight concise music with a shit load of soul. In my book, that makes Sunday one hell of a punk band. I didn't care for all of the tracks - some of them journeyed too far into pop/alternative territory - but of the tracks I liked, I really dug.  "Any punk is good punk," someone once said. Oh yeah, it was me.

Taking Back Sunday is Ed Reyes, Mark O’Donnel, Shawn Cooper, John Nolan and Adam Lazzara. 

For more information, check out http://www.victoryrecords.com

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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