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Taking Back Sunday
Taking Back Sunday Taking Back Sunday
Released 24 June 2011
Producer Eric Valentine
Label Warner Bros.
Length 39:24
Genre Alternative rock
Website www.takingbacksunday.com

The eponymous fifth studio album by Long Island quintet Taking Back Sunday, finds the band stuck in a creative quagmire. The reformation of the original lineup, has seen Taking Back Sunday, unsuccessfully attempt to rewind their body-clocks to their teenage years, and reignite the spark they once possessed. Perhaps it would have been more prudent to start afresh and develop a new contemporary sound, rather than retracing their steps, as the resulting collection of songs are jaded and predictable. Even the most ardent fan would surely describe the album as patchy. Although the album is well produced, it lacks the creative focus of their finest album, 2002's Tell All Your Friends and standout tracks are few and far between.

Opening track and first single 'El Paso' is paint by numbers screamo. Its only saving grace is a well executed high-pitched backing vocal. 'Faith (When I Let You Down)' is a considerably better effort, but feels like it belongs on a second rate frat-house movie soundtrack. When Adam Lazzara delivers the lyric, "You could lose your faith in music", it appears that he is delivering a subconscious message to himself, rather than addressing his audience. 'Sad Saviour' contains one of the albums best guitar moments, but is hampered badly by the Depeche Mode-lite style lyrics.

It's five tracks in before Taking Back Sunday find their stride with 'Who Are You Anyway?'. At last a cohesive song from start to finish is delivered with a melodic chorus 'Money (Let It Go)' see the upward turn-musically at least-continue with some good riffs and musical interplay between instruments. However, the track deserved to be hung on better lyrics. Second single 'This Is All Now' has a smooth, well executed Incubus feel throughout the verses, but unfortunately the choruses are paltry by comparison. 'It Doesn't Feel A Thing Like Falling' sees the band raise their game considerably, delivering the second standout track on the album. 'Since You're Gone' however, continues the worrying trend of a decent musical composition being marred by Adam Lazzara's heartless playground lyrics. 'Call Me In The Morning' ends the album on an unexpected acoustic high.

A thoroughly disappointing comeback from Taking Back Sunday. Which has seen them deliver their worst album to date.

- Stephen Byrne