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Taking Back Sunday
Where You Want To Be (Victory Records)

By: Mike SOS

You can't escape the buzz being made by emo's newest poster children, as Taking Back Sunday's sophomore effort has finally arrived. During the last 18 months, the group has been marred by inner turmoil, resulting in band member's leaving, as well as the usual pressures bands that achieve rapid success often undergo. The Long Island quintet's latest release is chock full of solid, heartfelt songs like the anthemic "A Decade Under the Influence" and the subversively groovy "This Photograph is Proof", both of which contain the elements a band on the verge of superstardom needs. However, the overall vibe from Where You Want To Be is nowhere near the electric and damn near explosive aura of Tell All Your Friends. Perhaps the new members need to acclimate themselves a bit more, or maybe the wounds of the past are too tender to draw from, but ultimately, while the 11 tracks which adorn this release are a bit disappointing to those seeking the invigorating shot of emotion of the band's last offering. While this album isn't as dazzling as the debut, it's a step in the right direction towards worldwide notoriety.
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