I’ve been a Taking Back Sunday fan for about 13 years and I have to say I have never been more nervous for a release as I was this one. I knew this album was going to be different and while I’m okay with that I was worried this one was going to stray too far from what I’m used to when it comes to TBS.
My fears started when the single Tidal Wave was released and I didn’t love it immediately. In fact, I only listened to it one time and if you know me you know that says a lot about me. I’m the girl that will listen to a song on repeat for days when I get new music from my favorite bands.
So because of that I got it in my head that the entire album was going to have that heavy Americana, indie rock meets country vibe and I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. Turns out, the song Tidal Wave isn’t reflective of the entire album at all. It’s actually grown on me a lot more than the first time I’ve heard it because it has it’s place on the album, it’s something different, and it is pretty damn fun.
Tidal Wave as an album turned out to be much more than I could have expected. Taking Back Sunday has managed to take a left turn completely yet stay true to who they are as a band. There’s still a lot of influences from past albums especially the self-titled and their previous release Happiness Is but there’s also a lot that’s different.
I can guarantee though if people listen to Taking Back Sunday for the nostalgia of their high school years they aren’t going to find that in this album. Not at all. Tidal Wave is TBS 2k16 and it’s brilliant. It’s obvious this is an album they made for themselves and the fans (hi!) who will be there through thick and thin, even if there are a few reservations (hi again!).
There’s those absolute get up and jump around while singing along loudly cuts like ‘Death Wolf’ and ‘You Can’t Look Back’ that I love. Then there’s the songs that strip it back and slow it down completely like ‘Fences’ and ‘I Felt It Too’. Both of which I instantly loved, the sound, the lyrics, all of it. Then there’s songs like ‘In The Middle Of It All’ that toy with a very different sound when you’re hit with a bit of electronica in the middle of it (all). Sorry I had to. When ‘We Don’t Go In There’ started my immediate thought was this reminds me so much of Bright Eyes and as soon as you’re lulled and relaxed the song picks up with the heavy guitars.
I don’t know how they have managed to meld together so many genres and make it all their own but they’ve done it flawlessly. This album is a tribute to the craft they continue to perfect and as a fan I’m extremely proud they have never mad the same album twice. Tidal Wave is a testament to the growth a band can achieve if they are willing to dig a little deeper and try new things. If you’re looking for a blast from the past you won’t find it here but there’s truly a lot to love about Tidal Wave in the here and now.
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