| There are no surprises on TBS’ third album: this is their signature sound, plus a lot of pressure to create an album to rival 2004’s Where You Want to Be. The single “Make Damn Sure” already reveals that the band changes little on this album.
That’s somewhat true. “Make Damn Sure” is a great song, and also the song on this album that most resembles the last album. Alongside it are stellar tracks such as “Liar,” featuring a jazzy intro & verse coupled with a heavy, passionate chorus. “Up Against” is another catchy TBS style song: catchy hooks, short repeated riffs, and dual vocal work.
On a whole this album is the heaviest of TBS’ career. The opener, “What It Feels Like to Be A Ghost,” already preps the listener to prepare for the constant bombardment of low-end distortion on the album. The rest of the album keeps high intensity through inconsistent, heavier riffing.
Personally, I think this album lives up to Where You Want to Be, although I have high doubts that it will have the same critical success. There are plenty of problems, such as the lyrics (“Miami, Miami, goddamn me”?) and mediocre parts such as “Divine Intervention,” an acoustic based song that can’t compare to the last album’s acoustic “New American Classic.” “Twenty-Twenty Surgery” is sort of an awkward song, with a dark subtle verse that molds into a brighter, somewhat childish chorus.
Other aspects of the band, however, improve. Adam and Fred’s vocal skills broaden: in certain parts, they sing raspy, they moan, they whine, and drabble in ways that any other singers wouldn’t be able to pull off.
If you weren’t a fan of Taking Back Sunday before, this album isn’t going to change anything. Fans of Where You Want to Be have a good chance at satisfaction, though I wouldn’t guarantee it. Tell All Your Friends fans, not sure what applies for you.
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1) What It Feels Like To Be A Ghost
2) Liar (It Takes One To Know One)
<< 3) MakeDamnSure >>
4) Up Against (Blackout)
5) My Blue Heaven
6) Twenty-Twenty Surgery
8) Divine Intervention
10) Error Operator
11) I'll Let You Live