Louder Now

 
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Emo/punk energy with obtuse lyrics.

What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Violence

Some violent imagery, again veiled in metaphor.

Sex

Veiled in metaphor.

Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some hinted at, but vague.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Taking Back Sunday's lyrics allude to emotionally heavy subject matter, but so obtusely that they are wide open to interpretation, and will go over many heads. Most parents will have very little patience with the pretentious attitude.

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Raw and energetic, the songs on Taking Back Sunday's third album, LOUDER NOW, seem to express some heavy emotions –- so veiled in metaphor that the listener will have to fill in the blanks, and the scary stuff will zoom right over the head of anyone not ready to hear it. Produced by Eric Valentine, the band's sound feels familiar, and quite consistent with their two previous albums. The overall impression is that of sweet guys trying to act tougher than they really are. Everyone turns in powerful, heartfelt performances, and the band even appears to be having a little bit of fun, despite the dark worldview expressed (we're pretty sure) in the lyrics. These guys know how to give fans what they expect and don't try to deliver many surprises.

Is it any good?

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Instrumentally, there's been a lot of improvement since the last venture –- it feels as though everyone has been practicing, and the songs are less overwrought and clichéd than on past albums. The tragic flaw, if there is one, is a level of pretentiousness that will rank pretty high on the cringe-meter for parents, even if their teenagers are right in the pocket. This is a band for kids who love loud, raw energy and murky poetry, who consider themselves sensitive but rough-around-the-edges, and who take themselves and their music extremely seriously. As a parent –- unless you like loud, pretentious music with obtuse lyrics, this band is not for you!

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  • Families can talk about the use of metaphor in song lyrics, and share thoughts about what the songwriters intended to communicate.

Music details

Artist:Taking Back Sunday
Release date:April 25, 2006
Labels:Warner Brothers, WEA
Genre:Punk Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written byagmwhatever April 9, 2008
 

i love screamo but was dissapointed

i love listening to underoath! they scream most of the song and it isnt satanic which is good for my religion. i am a christian. they actually are a christian band but is so hardcore and the screaming is so non-understandinble you dont even notice the lyrics but it is clean. TAKING BACK SUNDAY on the other hand, dissapointed me. it does not have that much screaming according to the parts of songs that i have heard.
Adult Written byKeatonxRondelli December 8, 2009
 

good cd, poweful, go listen to their debut Tell All Your Friends, then check out the newest New Again, and for fans you will like their 2nd cd Where You Want To Be

not the best album by taking back sunday, but if you are as big of fan as TBS as i am, then you will love it. their lyrics go so deep and there is some very strong meaning behind adam lazzara's lyrics. great for everyone. best tracks on the cd would def. be : My Blue Heaven, Divine Intervention, Miami, and of course Liar.
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Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written byMiss Murder April 9, 2008
 

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