CD Review: Taking Back Sunday, New Again

Part of TBS's signature sound came from its use of dueling vocals between lead singer Adam Lazarra and lead guitarist Mascherino (on Louder Now and 2004's Where You Want To Be); this sound is absent on New Again as Lazarra single-handedly takes over vocals. Not that he doesn't do a good job -- Lazarra's voice has greatly matured since the post-pubescent wails of Friends. The band also utilizes plenty of catchy lyrics that buzz around your head long after listening to the record, and songs like "Lonely, Lonely," "Summer, Man" and "Where My Mouth Is" rely heavily on memorable, repetitive choruses.

Fazzi's guitar work will not disappoint apprehensive listeners, either, layering all kinds of hooky yet complicated riffs over Eddie Reyes' rhythm work, most notably in "Swing" and "Everything Must Go," the epic closing to New Again.

Overall, TBS deliver a solid album with New Again that, despite being a divergence from their previous records, can be appreciated and enjoyed by both die-hard fans and new fans alike.

Taking Back Sunday is currently on a world tour in support of new album with Anberlin and Envy on the Coast; the tour stops at the Ritz Ybor this Tues., June 16.

Taking Back Sunday return with New Again, the follow-up to 2006's Louder Now and they are, in fact, new again. Following the departure of guitarist/vocalist Fred Mascherino in October of 2007, TBS found a new guitarist named Matt Fazzi to fill his shoes, leading the band in a new direction.

On New Again, TBS moves farther away from the original, raw sound that put them on the map with 2002'sTell All your Friends; the difference can be heard in the opening seconds of the album. Where the band once kicked things off with an escalating chord progression, New Again's title track opens the album with a fuzzy, electronic bass beat. And that isn't the only difference longtime TBS fans may notice.

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