Louder Now

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Emo/punk energy with obtuse lyrics.

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age 14+
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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Some violent imagery, again veiled in metaphor.


Veiled in metaphor.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some hinted at, but vague.

What 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.

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
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 str... Continue reading
Adult Written bysoccermom1234 April 9, 2008
Teen, 14 years old Written byMiss Murder April 9, 2008
Teen, 16 years old Written bymusicislife April 9, 2008

I Laughed at the Reveiw

I don't know how I stumbled upon this website, but, I was intrested in what good natured people had to say about "punk rock." That's laughab... Continue reading

What's the story?

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?

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!

Talk to your kids about ...

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

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