Sound — 9
Taking Back Sunday has taken a completely new style yet again, completely different from both "Tell All Your Friends" and "Where You Want To Be", but that change could almost be seen with the progression of the previous two CD's. The sound is far more polished then the previous albums, but it still maintains that, right on the edge without going over, style. The music itself features interesting background noises that cannot be fully enjoyed with the use of headphones, but they keep you intrigued on what you might hear next. Though the song sound, formats, and structure sometimes repeat themselves, it doesn't really get old. A very speradic sound, yet still keeping everything organized.
Lyrics — 10
Yet again, Taking Back Sunday brings a brilliance through lyrics that is seldom heard elsewhere. The lyrical structure can be extremely diverse to very repetitive, without getting too wild or too boring. My only real complaint with the lyrics, is that at certain times they can become absolute gibberish, making it confusing and taking some of the momentum out of the joy of listening to it. The harmonies and sound that the two singers, Adam Lazzara (lead singer) and Fred Mascherino (guitar and backupsinger/screamer), is absolutely awe inspiring. The two compliment each other tremendously, although the music occasionally clashes with their singing style ("Spin" and "Error: Operator"). Overall, it's something you won't hear anywhere else.
Overall Impression — 10
Louder Now can't really be compared to any other album, because there's none like it really. You could only really compare it to Taking Back Sundays previous albums, which is very hard to do, since all of them have their strengths and weaknesses. 01. What's It Feel Like To Be A Ghost - this opens the album with the momentum it needs, although it's a little generic for an opener. It's lyrically brilliant and musically interesting. The momentum waynes during the slow mid section, and it's not really worth the wait to just hear the chorus again at the end. If they had thrown in something a little more interesting during the end, it might've been better. 02. Liar (It Takes One To Know One) - shear lyrical brilliance, definitly the wittiest song on the album, and some of the more intersting guitar techniques to boot (if a little repetitive). The verses could be viewed as gibberish, but the great singing more than makes up for it. The only real way I could see this track being better would be if the wicked fast guitar solo that is played live was thought up before the album was completed so it would be standard with it. 03. MakeDamnSure - another one of the more brilliant tracks on the CD. This is what got me interested in Taking Back Sunday in the first place. This one is probably the closest to the previous two album then any other track on the CD. The melodic verses and hard hitting chorus are a perfect match, the guitar work is less spectacular then other tracks, but sometimes simple is the way to go. It's not to busy of a song, and the slow mid section is short enough that it still remains interesting. 04. Up Against (Blackout) - one of the lower tracks on the CD, the background music and the medolic singing is the only thing really keeping the song together, but it's still pretty good considering how disorganized it can be at times. The chorus can get very repetitive at times, but the short break section in the middle is very interesting to listen to closely. 05. My Blue Heaven - again, one of the better ones on the CD. Adams' voice during the chorus is almost entrancing, it sounds almost like the song "Cocomo". The guitar does various neat techniques without getting carried away and the musical structure is great, although the soft midsection again could be shorter. The paranoid and intense vocals at the end follow through right into the next song great. 06. Twenty-Twenty Surgery - if Taking Back Sunday had ever had anything to fit in with the "rock ballad" genre, this one would be it. The intense intro follows through into the melodic verse. The singing and guitar compliment each other so much here. The chorus gets stuck in your head easily, and the two voices come together into a great harmony. The only thing really missing would be a guitar solo, but Taking Back Sunday isn't really known for that, so I'm not complaining. Pound per pound, one of the best songs they've written. 07. Spin - hard hitting gibberish with a heavy sound, that's the best way to describe it. It's almost like they wrote it without knowing what they were going to say next, although there's a small sense of focus, but it goes all over the board. The chorus can get a bit repetitive, if annoying, at times, yet, it stills comes out okay. 08. Devine Intervention - whiney, slow, yet perfect. A very hard to describe song, the lyrics are extremely complaintive, but if you get past that you'll find a reletivly good acoustic song that has some of the more interesting background noise of the 21rst century, such as knocking on wood, bells, and it was actually recorded on the roof of a building in downtown hollywood, which should explain some of the stranger background noises. As Adam once said "You can almost hear the helicopters now." 09. Miami - yet another hard rock type of sound, this time a kicking solo is included with a paranoid and great sounding chorus. The lyrics at times are absolute genious, and the harmonies between voises are astounding. There's not much to be said, except it's rock, it's great, and it's almost like it's not Taking Back Sunday. 10. Error: Operator - I'm not really into this song very much, it's good, but it's repetitive, yet still fairly enjoyable. The bassline is a great piece of work, as is the guitar and some of the more notable effects with the vocals. Although the lyrics tend to be over the top. 11. I'll Let You Live - either you'll like this one, or you won't, it's that simple. It's a disorganized mess, but it's still interesting and it also gives you a sense of not knowing what's coming next almost everytime you listen to it. The guitar is dark, disturbing, as are the lyrics and singing. It's got brilliant lyrics and some great little harmonies that pop up from time to time, and it's a great way to close out the album. Also, let me tell you one more thing. For some strange reason, they decided to leave out the two better song created for the album. These being "Brooklyn (If You See Something, Say Something)" and "Sleep" these two songs are great, and should be gotten in some form for any TBS fan.