Taking Back Sunday - Tell All Your Friends (Cover Artwork)

Taking Back Sunday

Taking Back Sunday: Tell All Your FriendsTell All Your Friends (2002)
Victory Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Contributed by: TheEvilMonkeyThe Evil Monkey
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I admit it. I walk into Borders and just sample whatever is on the short punk sampler. Four or five cds that may or may not spark my interest. Maybe Borders isn't the best place to find good punk music. But I sure as hell found my new favorite band there. For some reason, this album caught my ey.
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I admit it. I walk into Borders and just sample whatever is on the short punk sampler. Four or five cds that may or may not spark my interest. Maybe Borders isn't the best place to find good punk music. But I sure as hell found my new favorite band there.

For some reason, this album caught my eye. I listened first to the track, "You're So Last Summer", and I immediately loved it. It's not exactly pop, it's not exactly emo, and it's not exactly punk. However, it's music that you can relate to. Even if you have no idea what the songs mean, you feel like the band is your best friend. They totally understand you, and you understand them.

The power of these lyrics is amazing. On track six, "Ghost Man On Third", the lyrics read- "Jinx me something crazy/thinking if it's three, then I'm as smooth as the skin that rolls across the small of your back." Now if that's not brilliant lyrics, I don't know quite what is. And the booklet- while it is a bit hard to follow along with the lyrics, they are written amazingly- like a diary, so that they don't seem just like lyrics- they seem like some kind of journal entry. You can actually read the lyric booklet. Like some kind of book.

Listen to every song on this album. My personal favorite, "There's No I In Team", is a powerful duet of sorts, that stems from a dispute with TBS and the band Brand New. After all though, I'm somewhat new to this genre of music. But I know one thing- this album is so powerful, it will blow you away. However, if you are a hardcore punk fan, this probably is not for you. But there is no doubt that fans of bands like Saves The Day and Thursday will like this. Don't be fooled by the reviewers. This band is one in it's own. No band comes close to the kind of sound the TBS produces. Please, buy this album now. Do yourself a favor and buy it. Or at least listen to it.


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Wrongturn (August 14, 2013)

This is by far their best release. Listening invokes so many feelings. I could listen to this album forever.

GuyPaterson (August 28, 2009)

Catchy, but, just like all of there other stuff, every song is exactly the same. and I do mean, EXACTLY THE SAME.

DiscoFucker (July 19, 2006)

How can you say you are new to a genre, and then say no one compares to a certain band in that genre? Horrible, horrible review.

I_love_Toe (June 1, 2006)

my fave band and yhis by far there best cd

Anonymous (February 19, 2006)

love tbs so much. they are the best. no one can compete w/ them

Anonymous (February 18, 2006)

Seriously "MONKEY" whatever YOU SUCK COCK IF YOU dont admit that taking back sunday is the shit. i mean like i would kill your grandma for tickets to warped 06 if they are there FUCK YOU the best fucking band in the universe DOES NOT EXIST because its all personal opinion. GET SOMEone TO REVIEW this shit that actually likes it and quit givin it a bad name COCK BALLS TIT TEASER

Anonymous (December 18, 2005)


Anonymous (November 12, 2004)

one thing.
taking back sunday....
Im behind you all th way.
you deserve your great talent
and what u have acomplished.
Hope to see you live someday.

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

This album is sooo fucking awsum i dont ever get tired of it and i listen to it about 10 times a day!! i really like this one better then where you want to be, but i still love tbs! i saw them live about 5 days ago and they put on an awsum show!! i love adam!!

Anonymous (October 25, 2004)

I have been listening to this album since its release and still do not get sick of it.... Where you want 2 be was a bit of a dissapointment... They may becoming popular on mtv and that crap but doesnt mean they dont kick ass.... This cd is truely gold emo muically and lyrically perfect....

I dont think any parrallels should be drawn between good charlotte and tbs....


titsandtats (June 28, 2004)

emo pop punk? yes.
the new good charlotte? probably.
do i love it? yes.
ok so its not that new,12 year old girls love them.mtv and fuse are SATURATED with TBS.
who cares? its good.
i guess im a dork then.

Anonymous (May 17, 2004)

This is a great album, but they arent "the next underground thing." Please...

Anonymous (December 30, 2003)

to the person like 2 below who said they dont have any videos on mtv are you retarded?They have had two on mtv and are no better then good charllote.

FashioningKnives (December 28, 2003)

The person below me sounds like a complete moron...

Anyways Taking Back Sunday is pop, they are shit, they are boring, but I still like them...Whatever..Im Losing scene points, I can feel it..

Anonymous (November 14, 2003)

Why are some ppl saying TBS are a packaged pop-punk band!

They dont have any videos on MTV and they dont go on Top Of The Pops or that shit show the Good Charlotte asses present!

TBS are not the next big thing who will fade away like Sum 41, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Bowling for soup and Good Charlotte.

TBS are the next big underground thing and no little 14 year old girl is gona cry wenwva she sees them!

Anonymous (October 18, 2003)

i thought the album was awesome.ppl r saying that it isnt that good but i luv TBS.if u dont like them then i dont really care that much cuz i luv them and almost evry1 i kno does too

benlopez (August 23, 2003)

The singers voice reminds of the voice from the band assorted jelly beans.

Anonymous (August 16, 2003)

i love every song and i have great fun rockin out in my car to them

:-) :-D ;-) :-D :-)

Anonymous (July 17, 2003)

he had sex with her b/c she was his girlfriend, and johns mad at him b/c he cheated on her

Anonymous (July 6, 2003)

Sick cd. It's a gem. I've been listening to it for a year and haven't stopped at all. The only thing I have against it, is that the guitars are all power chords and aren't difficult at all. Also they probably are going to break up because Adam was having sex with John's girlfriend I believe. They might just replace members

Anonymous (June 2, 2003)

Too bad these guys are off Warped Tour. Fuck!!

Anonymous (May 22, 2003)

Hey, I just gotta say, I love TBS!! You kick @$$ and I love all your songs:)

Anonymous (May 5, 2003)

This band is better then NOFX, way better.

Anonymous (September 13, 2002)

To the guy a couple of spot s below:
Why are you raggin on OLD PUNKER's opinions? First you can't call opinions retarded just because they're different from yours, that's just stupid. Second, he doesn't like NoFX, so what? I assume with the name OLD PUNKER he isn't a little kid, & alot of people who grew up listening to bands like NoFX end up growing out of them, it happens. I don't listen to a few of the bands I grew up with. I'm sure your musical tastes will evolve a little as well & you'll find yourself passing on cds that 3-4 years prior you would have died for.

-Militant Agnostic-

Anonymous (September 12, 2002)

Lethargic, and latent?
That's really odd...I guess compared to some speed punk styles...yeah...but they make everything slow except for speed metal

the music is hardcore-ish...i wouldn't call it that boring

Anonymous (September 11, 2002)

very lame and boring cd. Lethargic, and latent.

Anonymous (September 11, 2002)

Old Punker you're an ass, I see your retarded opinions here all the time. Your taste actually gets worse as time goes on.

Anonymous (September 11, 2002)


Anonymous (September 11, 2002)

NOFX is way more punk than you.

Anonymous (September 11, 2002)

A couple of posts down, you say nofx "keep it interesting".............. No they dont,about all they have done is put alot of people to sleep with some weak ass music that has nothing to do with punk.. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz-oldpunker-

Anonymous (September 10, 2002)

TBS will never be as good as NOFX. Simple as that.

Anonymous (September 10, 2002)

NOFX Style punk got boring, but NOFX is one of the best and keep it pretty interesting. Oh yeah, I don't know where you've seen them but every time I have they were super tight and funny. I don't like them as much as I did a few years ago (which wasn't a ton anyway) but they put on one of the best live shows around.

Nom_Anor (September 10, 2002)

Yeah, every time i turn on the tv and radio there they are, TBS exploiting themselves like a boy band....ummm no. TBS may not be one of those memorable bands that will leave their mark like the clash and the ramones (one band i don't like), but they did release a good cd that isn't a direct clone of someone elses cd like alot of people are doing

"Is everyone alittle pissy that NOfx style punk got incredible boring and these bands are taking over"

Hell yeah NOFX style punk is boring, you can only make jokes for so long before people have to realize they are not that amazing, especially live they do in fact suck

Anonymous (September 10, 2002)

The only thing I have to say is, just because the singer of TBS sounds similar to the saves the day guy, everyone says they're a typical trendy emo band. Besides the vocals, the music is somewhat "emo" but that's where the similarities stop. No they didn't invent a new style, but they do what they do well and they write good songs.

Anonymous (September 10, 2002)

Saying they are a packaged band that will go away just because you assume so is stupid. Sure it may happen, but how the fuck do you know? I'll beleive it when I see it. Until then, keep talking out of your ass like you have a clue.

Anonymous (September 9, 2002)

original? every band is original in their own way. they do however sound remarkably like other bands in the genre.

good at what they do? sure, they know what they want to play and play it well.

a packaged trend band? yep, they'll be gone as soon as this emo-pop trend is over. enjoy it while you can, and then move onto the next best thing. thats the music industry.

Anonymous (September 9, 2002)

First of all I believe Thursday is closer to a post-hardcore band....not really hardcore...the similarities between TBS and Thursday are quite small, both share that post-hardcore sound...but TBS is poppier.

Their dueling style of vocals make them truly unique, that feature should set them apart from the majority of the post-hardcore punk/emo whatever crowd

There's a valid element of emo in the vocal style.

So the lyrics are a bit sappy, but they're very direct but not overdone like dashboard confessional that it's to the point of almost whining.

Their sound has nothing to do with JEW.

But I must admit the vocals in general get a little tedious as there is a real lack of variety in the recording...very similar to the problem that plagues saves the day.

I think that's about it for comparisons...

I love You Know How I Do, and Cute without the E

Anonymous (September 9, 2002)

To the dipshit a few posts back: because someone says Thursaday is emo doesn't mean they are(you). That's the exact reverse of what you said you hypocrite. Besides if any of you fucks can prove TBS is a packaged band other than their CD insert, I'd like to hear it. So Victory sucks, this band is on their label and that's their decision. Victory may have know it would sell, but it doesn't make this band fake. It's sad you fucks can't even tell the difference. Like them or not, watch their live shows and read their interviews. They don't have the typical boy band pop-punk additude and style you think they do.

Anonymous (September 9, 2002)


Anonymous (September 9, 2002)

""This is the most important punk album in the last decade. Twenty years from now people will be talking about TBS the same way they talk about Minor Threat, DK, etc.""

I really, REALLY hope you were kidding.

Anonymous (September 9, 2002)

This is the most important punk album in the last decade. Twenty years from now people will be talking about TBS the same way they talk about Minor Threat, DK, etc.

Anonymous (September 9, 2002)

I just saw these guys @fletchers in baltimore and they were quite good-oldpunker-

Anonymous (September 9, 2002)


Anonymous (September 9, 2002)

There are lots of bands that can do this style of music better. Forty Winks and the hordes of other poppyish/hardcore wanna-be/punk bands is a prime example. At least we know they aren't on the evil Victory band wagon.

Anonymous (September 9, 2002)

Bitch, their Demo sounds completely different. Different singing, different everything.

I bought this for that! I ended up with 30 minutes or so of whining with a melodic peak in the chorus of song six and a nice line at the end of song 9(you slip my throat, i apologize for bleeding on you[to that extent]). Besides that, this album is shitty. SORRY

Anonymous (September 9, 2002)

This album was given to me under the premise the band was 'the next big thing' and honestly I fell in love the first time I heard it. I guess keep in mind this is coming from someone who genearlly hates anything labeled any sort of indie-hybrid or w/e. For some reason I just can't take it out of my cd player. Oh well, pass me some emo glasses and some tissues I guess.

relay1112 (September 8, 2002)

I love the CD. If you don't, fuck you.

Anonymous (September 8, 2002)

i listened to the album and didn't like it. oh well. i don't like a lot of music. what pisses me off is that there is a sticker on it that says "if you like thursday, jimmy eat world, and dashboard. buy this album." i think if this band is as good as people say they are, and their label thinks they are they shouldn't have to put that shit on their cd to sell it. it just leads me to believe victory is trying to further cash in on the success of thursday and the rest of the "emo" movement. oh well, it's better than still putting out shitty hardcore.

Anonymous (September 8, 2002)

People who say tbs is a victory package r type wrong. I saw them when they had no label and there demo first came out. THey were intense and fucking crazy and there demo sounds just like the album so vic had no role in it

Anonymous (September 8, 2002)

Is everyone alittle pissy that NOfx style punk got incredible boring and these bands are taking over

Anonymous (September 8, 2002)

I'm sure your friend did something retarted

Anonymous (September 8, 2002)

grammar lessons on the internet is so passe. so is everyone getting so worked up about whether or not a band is groudbreaking.

Anonymous (September 8, 2002)

BostonMusicGuy you sound retarded. Some grammar and clear thoughts would do you well.

Anonymous (September 8, 2002)

Taking Back Sunday is good... my opinion... they sound exactly like Midtown... your opinion. Midtown sucks a fucking dick... their musis may be somewhat ok but seriously who needs them. The lead singer guy... whatever the fuck his name is... is a fucking prick. I would compare Taking Back Sunday to Thursday because they remind me of thursday... that a problem? Fuck you thats my opinion. If I was to give TBS a description though and compare them to any band I would have to say they are screamo meets pop punk kinda like Thursday meets Saves The Day and New Found Glory. If you disagree fuck you I dont care go make up your own fucking description. Anyway, Taking back Sunday is good, in my opinion. If you disagree with my opinion good for you it doesnt really matter when it comes right down to it... does it now?-BostonMusicGuy

Anonymous (September 8, 2002)

Bandwagon. In two/three years all these bands will be gone. Just like ska was back in the day...They also spit on my friend at their show and the singer said "You f'n fag, we are going to fight after this show." It was the Erie, Pa show with FATA. ASSHOLES!

Anonymous (September 7, 2002)

why cant we all get along? unity!

Anonymous (September 7, 2002)

I did myself a favor and listened to it. I then realized that it was a terrible album and saved me some money.

Anonymous (September 7, 2002)

""Thrice is on Madden 2003. Asshole. I will admit though that they are very good and well deserved to be on there.""

What did that have to do with anything I said? It also didn't really make sense - except for the part where you said that they're very good and deserve to be on the game.

""And if anyone says these guys suck live then youre talking about a different band because Adam gets so into it that he starts swinging the mic around on stage and catching it perfectly almost everytime.""

Wow, thats really neat. You appearantly have never heard of Roger Daltry, never saw At the Drive In, and still haven't seen Thursday. Its passe and trite.

""Thursday said they think of themselves as a hardcore band.""

Thursday can think of themselves as a ska band, it doesnt mean that they are.

""And TBS is only packaged because they were done that way by victory.""

Are you really so blind as to think they had nothing to do with it? They really didn't want to pose for the cute-boy pop punk photos a la Starting Line/Midtown in the insert? They wrote the liner notes. They took the pictures. And yes, Victory did a fantastic job of knowing exactly what would get you meatheads on the line.

"They write good songs with good lyrics, eat shit."

You should go listen to the bands I listed in my first post. TBS can't hold a candle to those bands' lyrics.

TBS is not a terrible band. I would rather hear them over a nu metal band any day. Heck, they're probably really nice guys to boot, but I think they're terribly overrated and I want to encourage a little more thinking.

Anonymous (September 7, 2002)

With all honesty i dont think they really sound like thursday that much. I wouldn't say they're completely original, cause really, hardly any bands are anymore.

Oh and whoever said they sound "EXACTLY like Midtown"... do you have like a massive amount of wax in your ears? The vocals and guitars and lyrics and structure of the songs are very different...

Anonymous (September 7, 2002)

Taking Back Sunday - Tell all your friends...we suck.

All kidding a side, they do suck, and i will tell anyone I think might buy this horrible CD. Come on people do we really need another band that sounds like this? They just might be the 2003 version of Hanoi Rocks.

Anonymous (September 7, 2002)

"They are as popularly stereotypical emo as Dashboard Confessional"

Thrice is on Madden 2003. Asshole. I will admit though that they are very good and well deserved to be on there. This band is also talented and they may not be the most original but they do what they do very well. And if anyone says these guys suck live then youre talking about a different band because Adam gets so into it that he starts swinging the mic around on stage and catching it perfectly almost everytime. Oh yea and to whoever said they sound like MIDTOWN ive got this to say: Fuck you you poser. Reading things on the board that say this band is trendy doesnt mean they sound anything like Midtown. I think you lucky no one saw that post but then again I just brought it up. -Rock

Anonymous (September 7, 2002)

Thursday said they think of themselves as a hardcore band. And TBS is only packaged because they were done that way by victory. They write good songs with good lyrics, eat shit.

Anonymous (September 7, 2002)

(before we begin, please note that I gave the record a 5)

1) Everyone, Thursday is not a hardcore band. They are good, but definately not hardcore.
2) Yes, Taking Back Sunday sounds like Saves the Day meets Thursday. They even went so far as to have the same producer who did "Full Collapse" record this record.
3) They are as popularly stereotypical emo as Dashboard Confessional. Same cliched lyrics (borrow STD's melodies but not their dark lyrics) about girls and references to "shy moments" and seasons of the year, song titles, and even layout (anyone remember the 'Polaroid Picture' promo items STD did for Stay What You Are? take a glance in the TBS cd. the soft colors neatly bordered by white are also emo-rific and overdone.)
4. Victory packaged them and sold them to you perfectly. You in turn are eating it up and proclaiming that it "stands alone" and is "original" which is very carried away. Is everyone in such a need for "the new, next or big" things that we'll latch onto anything with the appropriate parts?

Finally, am I the only one who pays attention???

Everyone should go buy the Sparta, No Knife, Bright Eyes, Hot Water Music, Pedro the Lion, Flaming Lips, Killswitch Engage, Thrice, and Piebald records. Those bands do stand alone and aren't coming to you via the emo assembly line.

Anonymous (September 7, 2002)

Its amazing to see where they have gone in such a short time... they went from this small local long island band to where they are now in less than a year...Adam from TBS is the man.. he always like seriously injures himself at shows.. he always has like a huge gash on his forehead or something.. He gets really into it.. This one times he like come out of no where and i think grade was playing and he stage dove and there was no one there to catch him and he fell like right on his head.. he was alright though....Good cd. They must have spent hours in the studio getting that layered vocal effect

Anonymous (September 7, 2002)


WussEmoRock (September 7, 2002)

Ok I am back everyone...I got to listen to the whole cd twice and shit, I will say 2 things...

1) It's different from anything I have ever heard (especially the vocal melodies and patterns), but both singers, especially the high pitched one sounds like everyone else

2) this is a fucking great cd. I love it, pure and simple. TBS rock. the blue channel and cute without the e are the best songs.


Anonymous (September 7, 2002)

fuck everyone and who compares bands and say there unoriginal. THere could only be one band who comes up with a sound then whoever sounds similar is unoriginal. So its not bad to be unoriginal its just bad too sound shitty and tbs dont sound like shit or anything like midtown

Anonymous (September 7, 2002)

everyones entitled to their own opinions, and i say this is one of the best cds ever !!!

Anonymous (September 6, 2002)

I don't like thier recorded music that well, but they're pretty good live, so my score is for the performance.

Anonymous (September 6, 2002)

another wuss-rock album.
fuck them.
go buy the new Sparta album.

Anonymous (September 6, 2002)

Why the fuck is everyone comparing these guys to Thursday !!?
They aren't hard-core..they sound EXACTLY like Midtown

Anonymous (September 6, 2002)

Yeah, each song has it's own thing while keeping the same style. As much as I hate the trends of music these days, this album is one of the most intense and emotional albums I've ever listened to. The recording goes along way with that, but it shows in their awesome live show. Listen to this 5 times and tell me it's not atleast a good CD. I'll be the first to admitt that this reminded me of saves the day at first, but look past that and enjoy it.

WussEmoRock (September 6, 2002)

Sorry, that's all I had time for at the moment tho, I am driving down to the beach tonight so I will have an hour in the car to listen to the whole thing, then I will give you my 2 cents.


tgarn (September 6, 2002)

you cant just listen to a minute of each song on this record. The songs build up and usually the ending is the best part

Anonymous (September 6, 2002)

the album isn't that good, but they make up for it live. everyone should go see these guys in concert.

WussEmoRock (September 6, 2002)

because all I ever hear is TBS this or TBS sounds like Thursday bla bla bla, I decided after reading this review that I would just stop taking everones word for it and go out and purchase the album. So 10 mins ago I did and I put it in my cd player and gave each song about a minute listen to (cause tower is only 10 mins away) and all I have to say is I expected more, much more. With all the hype that everyone says about TBS being the greatest, I expected this amazing CD but so far what I have gotten is something very ordinary and very weird. It sounds nothing like Thursday in my opinion, but anyway, hopefully it will grow on me because the vocals are good, the music is just, eh...different, give me a day or two and I will post again.


Geetarchick (September 6, 2002)

Mmm i like TBS. Great live show.. better than their album i must say.

emptycauses (September 6, 2002)

"It's not exactly pop, it's not exactly emo, and it's not exactly punk."...but it is exactly shit

Anonymous (September 6, 2002)

we can only hope this kid is the last person to compare a band to thursday or saves the day. It's getting kind of annoying, don't you think?

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