Taking Back Sunday has spent the last decade and a half trying to get it right, only to find that they started off on the right foot in 2002 with their debut album, Tell All Your Friends. After eight years, three studio albums and numerous lineup changes, the band announced the original members would be brought back together permanently and started the reunion with a new album, appropriately titled Taking Back Sunday. A 10-year anniversary tour for Tell All Your Friends followed the album release in 2011 to continue celebrating their reunion.
Taking Back Sunday announced a new album was in the works in June 2013 and gave fans a sneak peek at it with a live video of “Flicker, Fade” a few months later. To start the New Year off right, the band released details — Happiness Is will drop on March 18 — and the studio version of “Flicker, Fade”.
Not surprisingly, Taking Back Sunday stuck to their roots; the song builds up to the heavier end (breaking away for a more delicate bridge), John Nolan echoes Adam Lazzara in the chorus, and the lyrics still speak directly to Lazzara’s love-hate relationship with “you.” It seems as though the band experimented within themselves to find who they are, and they are the more developed, mature version of Tell All Your Friends.
I find a sense of comfort in listening to “Flicker, Fade” and knowing Taking Back Sunday has mastered the art of being Taking Back Sunday. Overall, I definitely recommend this single to anyone who has enjoyed the band in the last 15 years. (I mean, who hasn’t at some point?)