Louder Now - Taking Back Sunday
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  • Summary: Eric Valentine (Queens Of The Stone Age) produced the emo band's third studio album and major-label debut.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Louder Now justifies its name thanks to a chunkier array of riffs and choruses. [28 Apr 2006, p.135]
  2. Taking Back Sunday should be commended, not for just choosing not to rehash their older work, but for truly trying to branch out artistically--and succeeding most of the time. [May 2006, p.155]
  3. 80
    The combination of titanic chunk-chunk riffs, sleek lead guitar, and radio-ready harmonizing comes across as heroic. [Jun 2006, p.82]
  4. While the "darker follow-up to the breakthrough album" angle was an unavoidable cliché for Louder Now, Taking Back Sunday does their part by giving the more aggressive workouts a stronger sense of purpose.
  5. Alas, it tails off towards the end, and TBS never quite shake the feeling that other people are doing this sort of thing far more thrillingly elsewhere. [20 May 2006, p.33]
  6. 60
    A somewhat humourless affair. [Jun 2006, p.115]
  7. TBS's main problem is that they write precisely two kinds of songs: energetic pop rock with whiny vocals, and midtempo power rock, again with whiny vocals.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 37
  2. Negative: 3 out of 37
  1. BrooklynS.
    May 9, 2006
    Louder now is definatley a cd to listen to it is amazing! I love TBS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  2. TiffanyC
    Oct 3, 2006
    I absolutley LOVE Taking Back Sunday. they are my all time favorite band. although i think "Where you want to be" was a better album. This still ROCKS! Expand
  3. Katu
    Apr 2, 2007
    amazing. it's been almost a year now and I still can't quit listening to it. they are my all time favorite band!! lyrics, music are amazing and they can put on a hell of live show! seen them twice and I'm going to keep going!! I LOVE TBS!! Expand
  4. Arm-Farm
    Apr 26, 2006
    this is an AMAZING album, from the slow songs like devine intervention to the heart pouding sounds like what's it feel like to be a ghost? and spin. this album is one of there best. way better then where you want to be. and just below Tell all your friends. Expand
  5. NickB
    Apr 25, 2006
    As good as their first two albums.
  6. BenL
    Apr 28, 2006
    By now we're all familiar with Taking Back Sunday's sound, palm muted verses and gang vocals for the choruses. Their reach for a new sound on Louder Now produces mixed results. Compare the edge of opener "What's It Feel Like To Be A Ghost?" to the overly repetitive "Miami". Louder Now opens quickly from the blocks but loses its way through the middle section. The re-recorded version of "Error: Operator" (which manages to improve on the original) momentarily saves things before the messy "I'll Let You Live" closes the album. Overall a relatively solid album much like "Where You Want To Be" but can't hold a candle to their much-lauded (and now much-copied) debut. Expand
  7. Domino'sNewXLP
    May 6, 2006
    OK while people are saying this isnt an emo album, its still what they are classified as. Taking Back Sunday is still one of those bands where if you dont listen to emo music, you arent going to like them. I am one of those people. To me all they and every other emo band just like them are just another group of whiny people who hate life. Expand

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