Where You Want To Be - Taking Back Sunday
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 49 Ratings

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  • Summary: The sophomore effort from the Long Island emo band was produced by Lou Giordano (Ataris), and features new vocalist Fred Mascherino (joining band founder Adam Lazzara).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. It's the album most bands wish they could make. [Aug 2004, p.101]
  2. Rock-radio gold. [6 Aug 2004, p.80]
  3. 75
    Their bread and butter is still exuberantly juvenile pessimism. [Aug 2004, p.107]
  4. Where You Want to Be is definitely a solid album -- especially considering that it was recorded so soon after half the band was replaced -- but crafting something a little more unique would take Taking Back Sunday's music that much farther.
  5. The [lineup] changes bolster the will to power in Lazzara's Cure-like croon.
  6. [It's] not just emo, but the purest, most virulent strain of the stuff.
  7. It’s an album that’s playing it far too safe: melodies rise and fall, soaring and curving with painful predictability.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 36
  2. Negative: 5 out of 36
  1. Feb 20, 2012
    4
    The band's second release suffers from poor lyrics and over-familiar song structure. Having said that, 'the Photograph is Proof' and 'Set Phasers to Stun' makes this a more enjoyable listen that their later releases. Expand

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