New Again - Taking Back Sunday
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  • Summary: The fourth album for the rock band is the first with its new guitarist, Matthew Fazzi (Fred Mascherino left to pursue a solo career.)
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  1. New Again feels focused and sure; the band sounds confident despite yet another lineup change.
  2. On New Again, the emo survivors manage to reinvent themselves as mainstreamo shredders.
  3. New Again leaps forward as the best album of Taking Back Sunday's career to date.
  4. They have produced another solid album that cements their reputation as one of the most genuinely affecting and consistent bands in the current scene.
  5. This large, cavernous sound camouflages the lingering emo elements which largely surface in the angst-mining lyrics, as well as the occasional bellow, and even if this lack of stridency may alienate some longtime followers, this gleaming pop-punk makeover is the band at its most immediate and easy to enjoy.
  6. Such obvious imitation [of U2] isn’t good strategy; it diminishes well-made songs. Taking Back Sunday is better off merging its old blurted troubles with its new attention to detail.
  7. Emo pin-ups milk last moments of glory

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  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
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  1. Apr 26, 2013
    8
    Often considered as the album that killed Taking Back Sunday, is the most underrated album under the band's belt. The previous release, "Louder Now", was a strong but weak at times effort to follow up on a great album ("Where You Want To Be"). If I could've had it my way, this should've been the album that followed it up. "New Again" shows sorrow and pain in the largest of things, whether it be God or relationships, and nails it. Tracks like "New Again", "Swing", or "Carpathia" show a deeper side to Lazzara's writing more than "Louder Now" ever did. The standout track on this album is definitely "Everything Must Go", building up to a Appleseed Cast-esq post rock epic chorus in spite of divorce. "New Again" definitely doesn't get a lot of time in the spotlight enough, considering it may be one of the best Taking Back Sunday albums to date. Expand
  2. Feb 20, 2012
    4
    Apart from the truly great 'Sink into Me' and 'Everything Must Go', Taking Back Sunday's 4th outing sounds like slight deja vu- a step backwards to what made their first two releases ok, but ultimately better than the dross of Louder Now. Either way this is not going to make fans from first time listeners. Expand

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