michael gallucci

REVIEW — TAKING BACK SUNDAY: NEW AGAIN

In Uncategorized on 06/24/2009 at 3:11 am

Taking Back Sunday

New Again

(Warner Bros.)


Nobody likes to talk about emo these days. Fans dodge the label. Record companies ignore the tag. And bands run in the opposite direction, screaming, crying, and whining (because that’s what emo guys do). So, for their fourth album, Taking Back Sunday pile on a bunch of slick tricks in hopes of hiding all that emo stuff lurking beneath the surface. But they’re not fooling anyone: New Again – the title itself is a nod to the group’s ersatz rebirth – is the same old sound. That doesn’t mean Taking Back Sunday aren’t good at what they do. New Again throws out enough chunky power-riffs to fuel a Kleenex factory. But frontman Adam Lazzara can be a real drama queen, pushing his voice to the cracking point on songs like “Lonely, Lonely” and “Capital M-E.” Better are the title tune and the handclap-powered “Sink Into Me,” which approach anthem status. But those are early highlights, and it’s not long before all that emo talk starts again. –Michael Gallucci

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