Taking Back Sunday is well known to anyone with a taste for the big 1990s emo boom. Unlike many of the other big bands, however, the band will still be around in 2019 – and will be releasing a hearty best-of for its 20th anniversary. This kind of compilation seems quite outdated, especially in the age of streaming services, because anyone could save their own favorite songs of each band into a separate playlist anyway – paying the songs you’ve already purchased on individual albums does not seem like much appealing. Of course, that much is clear from the beginning, but having all the publications bundled together to own songs on one physical copy is worth considering especially for collectors – if the music is convincing enough.
In 20 years There are also a lot of personnel changes and so from the original line-up of the first album “Tell All Your Friends” only the guitarists Eddie Reyes and John Nolan will be there in 2019, the latter having also quit between 2003 and 2010. Also, there was quite a staffing roulette – just vocally noticed the differences in the compilation strong, as Taking Back Sunday always put on at least two vocal levels. Each of the six studio albums will be featured on this compilation; the debut, “Where You Want To Be”, “Louder Now” and “TIdal Wave are each represented with three songs, the rest with two – on the album they are sorted chronologically. Especially the songs of the first four albums exude the ultimate Emo-Flow, “Cute Withot The ‘E’ (Cut From The Team)” and “You’re So Last Summer” are hits of this genre anyway. This hit density kept the band straight to the album “Louder Now” from 2006. Short screamo-sequences, mostly pop-punky hopping-songs are intertwined with self-contained lyrics to an entertaining mix. But instead of stagnating now, the band got a new impetus in 2009, because from “New Again” the band seems audibly more mature, the change from the classic emo sound to rousing alternative tracks with tougher riffs and re-heater lyrics is accomplished. In “Faith (When I Let You Down)” so are all in the arms to celebrate a small alternative anthem. The songs from the last album “Tidal Wave” remain heartbreaking and hymn-like at the same time. Luckily there was also room for two new songs – and they once again show the band’s beautiful range. “All Ready To Go” works as usual in two voices and sounds fresh and ready to go – “A Song for Dan” emphasizes the emotional side of the band and relies on piano, strings and quiet tones Best of compilation needs, is up to each one. But for fans, or those who want to become one, “Twenty” offers a perfect cross-section of the story of a band that has not stagnated and always found its own way. And so that in 2019 deservedly everyone should be familiar with the alternative.
You can buy the album “Twenty” here.
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Taking Back Sunday live 2019:
- 24.06.2019 Gloria Cologne (Playing ” Tell All Your Friends “and more)
- 25.06.2019 SO 36 Berlin
- 26.06.2019 Grünspan Hamburg
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