Taking Back Sunday’s new album is ‘Tidal Wave.’ It’s the seventh album from the Long Island-based rock band, and it’s receiving praise from the critics. You can see a of reviews right here.
Founded in 1999, the band’s debut album Tell All Your Friends’ of 2002 first put them on the proverbial radar, and they went on to achieve breakthrough commercial success in 2004 with their critically acclaimed sophomore album ‘Where You Want to Be.’ It was their third album, ‘Louder Now,’ of 2006 spawned their biggest single to date, ‘MakeDamnSure.’ They’ve endured many lineup changes over the years — and a reunion six years ago of their classic lineup — but have consistently released albums ever two or three years or so. Their most recent, ‘Happiness Is’ of 2014 received nearly universal critical acclaim.
In an interview with EW, frontman Adam Lazzara spoke about the new album, and addressed whether or not he thought it fit into the “emo” genre of which the band, for better or worse has been associated. He said, ” I don’t like being pigeonholed because I think there’s more to it than that. I think this record highlights that very well, so no I wouldn’t consider it an emo record in the traditional sense of the word.”
As the album arrives in full the critics have been weighing in. Here’s a roundup of reviews.
“… The guys once known for writing songs about girls who paid them no mind in adolescence aren’t here any more. Instead they’ve learned from their past, creating an album that’s both eclectic and sensitive, not just one or the other. If emo is something that pigeonholes, Taking Back Sunday are making noble attempts to abandon those impulses—with Tidal Wave, the band is both emo and something else entirely. ….” –Entertainment Weekly
“….On their new album, “Tidal Wave” (Hopeless), the Long Beach-based band have regained loftier ambitions, bending any number of rock genres to their wills to create their most diverse album yet while still maintaining a cohesive sound…..” –Newsday
“….There’s a lot going on throughout Taking Back Sunday’s seventh album, but it’ll probably end up being best remembered as their ’80s heartland-rock album, on which they decided to channel the likes of Tom Petty, John Mellencamp and Bryan Adams. ….” –Exclaim
“….What’s most impressive about this isn’t even the sudden crystallization of this band’s existence, it’s the fact that their seventh album might actually be their best. Discounting nostalgia and obvious personal bias, Tidal Wave feels like the most complete recording of the band’s career. On no other Taking Back Sunday album do we get such a varied approach without sacrificing any quality or altering the record’s comprehensive aura.,….” –Sputnikmusic
“….The album is a real step forward for the band, from the opening notes of “Death Wolf” to the closing tinkles of “I’ll Find a Way To Make It What You Want”. The band pokes their heads into the shoegazing genre, pull back into their comfort zone, and then go out again with acoustic dalliances and atmospheric melodies that are few and far between on their past records…..” –New Noise Magazine
“…..Just don’t look for as many hearts on Taking Back Sunday’s collective sleeves throughout this trip down memory lane. Sometimes a band has to make something for themselves and not try to appease an audience who’s stuck on who they used to be. ….” –Reverb
Check back as more reviews arrive. Meanwhile, you can see the ‘Tidal Wave’ album cover art and music videos below below!