For this week’s feature, I chose to do a feature on the band with the biggest release this week, and one of the biggest of the summer. Taking Back Sunday is releasing their self-titled fifth album on Tuesday, the first with the newly-reunited Tell All Your Friends lineup. The band has fittingly gone through three different lineups and this week’s 3 Of The Week will highlight my favorite songs from each of the lineups.
1. “You Know How I Do”
While there are plenty of great tracks on the self-titled album, I don’t think any of them stand up to the quality of the opener of Tell All Your Friends. Heck, I can only think of one song in the band’s catalog that does (hint: it’s coming up next). John Nolan’s shouts and guitar riffs were desperately missed from every subsequent album, and this is one of the best examples of his work. There is a reason fans go into a frenzy singing along “We won’t stand for hazy eyes anymore,” nine years after its release. The coda of the song might just be the best thing the band has ever done.
You knew this was coming. Regardless of whether you are a John Nolan or Fred Mascherino fan (sorry all five of you who preferred Matt Fazzi), there is no doubt that this may be the pinnacle of the band’s career, in terms of popularity and quality. Louder Now is probably my least favorite of the band’s albums, but this single is the quintessential TBS song. While Where You Want to Be contained plenty of outstanding songs, none of them come close to “MakeDamnSure.”
3. “Everything Must Go”
This is the only song from New Again that remains on the band’s setlist with the Tell All Your Friends lineup and for good reason. Fazzi’s tenure with the band might not have been their brightest moment, but the man could sure throw together an arrangement, and it is shown best on this track, the closer to New Again. It doesn’t hurt that the lyrics are some of Adam Lazzara’s best and most personal to date.