I recently borrowed the new Taking Back Sunday CD, New Again from the public library.
I would not say that I am the biggest fan of the band by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, up until a few weeks ago, I had only heard maybe a small handful of their songs and was not really necessarily amazingly impressed with what I had heard.
First a short bio on the band. They are from Long Island New York and they formed in 1999. They have released 4 studio albums, 12 singles, 1 EP, 1 live album and 1 compilation album.
Their album Louder Now reached #2 on the US Billboard 200 charts.
This newest album was released on June 2, 2009. I am actually kind of amazed that I found it at the library. Usually they don't have albums that are this new. In any case, I am glad they had it.
So anyway, as I was saying. I am not the biggest fan of them however a few weeks ago Dave was saying something about them and I decided to give them another try. So I ended up borrowing the album Tell All Your Friends from the library and giving that one a listen. I liked it. Nothing awe-inspiring. But a good album nonetheless.
So in reading this review of the new CD keep in mind that I am more or less a Taking Back Sunday novice, having only heard the albums Tell All Your Friends, Louder Now, and of course this new one New Again.
I actually really like the album in general. I think there are a couple of songs on it that I would consider throwaways but not because they are not good songs, they just didn't hook me. I have found more and more often that I am really a sucker for a good hook. So if I band does not have a few songs on an album that have a good hook in them, I consider the album in general a disappointment.
This album does have a few of those songs. Songs with good hooks.
The songs that stand out to me on this album that I really enjoy are:
"New Again" "Summer Man" "Cut Me Up Jenny" "Capital M-E" and "Carpathia"
As I listen to the album again it dawns on me that in some ways they remind me of another band that I really like but unfortunately is no longer together. That band is The Juliana Theory.
In short, from listening to this album I think I am going to go borrow some more albums of theirs from the library at some point and listen to more.