A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
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
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!