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Mediocre Again

Posted in Music, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 13, 2009 by randomintermissions

Taking Back Sunday and Brand New (for those in the know) have always had a very strange relationship, being friends, falling out over a girl, making up again… you know, the usual teenage angst stuff… but they have one fundamental difference.

Brand New are in my subjective opinion (and after all, that is all a review can ever be, subjective) have gone from strength to strength with each album, evolving and re-imagining their sound, from their humble beginnings with the raw sounding Your Favorite Weapon to the grandioso The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me.

Onwards and Upwards

Onwards and Upwards

On the flip side of the proverbial coin, you have Taking Back Sunday who burst onto the scene with the instant hit Tell All Your Friends, followed 2 years later by Where You Want To Be. Even in the absence of John Nolan who had moved on to start Straylight Run with his sister Michelle, this was a still a strong and sing-along-able follow-up, just missing a little of the original spark.

Another 2 year gap, and then came Louder Now, and this is when things began to take a turn for the worse. Now that’s not to say that Louder Now is a bad album, but it certainly falls into the vain of attempting to please the masses instead of focusing on what had previously made Taking Back Sunday so likable. Still, one or two stand out songs presented themselves from the midst of the chaff, and Taking Back Sunday were forgiven for redirecting themselves towards a more mainstream market.

And then there was New Again. How can I describe this album without sinking into obscenities that would make my mother weep? Generic mindless dribble that plods along without any passion, originality or excitement. We were promised great things, a return to the days of Tell All Your Friends, a return to form. In reality it is lacklustre 38 minutes of disappointment. Every track starts with promise, a sense that it could go somewhere, but when the chorus comes, it’s the same ploddy dirge heard in the previous song; a generic rock / pop work that even makes Fall Out Boy’s latest album at least seem harmless and bouncy. Further description is hard to muster as there appears to be no saving graces, nothing stand out, nothing worth mentioning.

What went wrong?

What went wrong?

This is without a doubt a non-event and a great shame. It is looking less and less likely that Taking Back Sunday will ever produce anything comparable to Tell All Your Friends again.