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Taking Back Sunday: Where You Want To BeWhere You Want To Be (2004)
Victory Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: JdJeff Dring
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When John Nolan and Shaun Cooper quit Taking Back Sunday, many fans feared impending doom for Amityville, Long Island's newly crowned "kings" of the emo scene. First there was the news that the band split, causing endless unecessary tears and message board posts. Then came the rumors, the name.
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When John Nolan and Shaun Cooper quit Taking Back Sunday, many fans feared impending doom for Amityville, Long Island's newly crowned "kings" of the emo scene.

First there was the news that the band split, causing endless unecessary tears and message board posts. Then came the rumors, the name calling and the finger pointing. But then something strange happened. Enter Fred Mascherino, ex-Breaking Pangaea guitarist, and bassist Matt Rubano and the gossip of a new lineup became a reality. While Nolan brought with him wit and charisma to the Taking Back Sunday sound and aestetic, Mascherino and Rubano flesh out the guitar and bass playing and interject a more mature twist to the saga that is Taking Back Sunday.

Where You Want To Be comes to us following a string of relentless tours on the strength of the bands fantastic debut, Tell All Your Friends. Not only does the new record pick up where the band left off, it proves there is life after Nolan. In fact, it dares listeners to question Mascherino's abilities as guitar player and second vocalist. And whether you question him or not, you can't escape his style.

Where You Want to Be, like all albums, has its hits and misses. In no way is this Taking Back Sunday's masterpiece. Instead, it is a fine effort. A record that is good enough to avoid the dreaded sophomore slump tag. Throughout the course of its 11 tracks, frontman Adam Lazarra's weathered voice slithers up one side of you and down the other. It is hard to deny the fact this kid sings with every bit of his soul. And yes, the album is slickly produced. But that is what happens when a band is given a slightly bigger budget and the ability to tweak knobs and manipulate sounds in the studio.

"The Union" and "Set Phasers to Stun" come off sounding like the cuts that did not make it to the final version of Tell All Your Friends. They are not strikingly different in style or substance. But tracks like "Bonus Mosh Pt. 2" and "Decade Under The Influence" sound like a bigger and better TBS. A TBS that has some experience under their belts. Maybe a band who are finally morphing into that one cohesive unit, finding that magic niche that all musicians hope to discover when writing and performing music together.

Where You Want To Be is a record that should not disappoint fans of Taking Back Sunday. Instead, it should ready them for the next serving of heartfelt, lovesick rock and roll this band is sure to deliver. In the first 20 seconds of "Set Phasers to Stun" Lazarra belts out, "I'm sorry it took me so long". Thats a fitting opening line to this band's second chapter and new beginning.

 

 
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GuyPaterson (August 28, 2009)

It's catchy, but soulless and every song is structured the EXACT SAME WAY.

Confessions (August 25, 2005)

Taking Back Sunday Is Deffinatly A Good Band . I Do Think That They Could Improve on a few songs tho . But W/E , I Think That They Are Awesome .

BlackLabelSkatez (June 17, 2005)

I second joedobbs

Anonymous (June 7, 2005)

it doesnt matter people. as long as the music makes u happy you don't really have to care what others have to say about it. you like it or you dont. you really don't have a reason to bash what other people like. I think tell all your friends was great, and where you want to be was pretty good too. So there, lets not fight shall we?

Anonymous (March 1, 2005)

This band is nothing without John Nolan. The chemistry is completely gone, because the new guy, whatever his name is, can't support Adam's voice like John could. THe music itself is also much lamer. That aside, Bonus Mosh Pit Pt.2 is still a good song, and so is the last song on the album (I don't even know the title, because frankly, I don't see the point of listening to this album when the former one is so superior.)

Anonymous (January 15, 2005)

well this album is the best , look just pretend that they started wiv the ppl they have now then listen to their music its great!! and for all u ppl that say it sucks ....lets see u play better!! their lyrics r cool and the guitar is amazing and y bother comment saying bad things this a a fans site freaks!!!! we cant all be intrested in the same stuff to some ppl this ROCKS to others they hate it and unless u have something positive to say FUCK OFF THIS SITE.... keep goin the way u r taking back sunday cuz u kno most of us love u ! :S :P

Anonymous (January 15, 2005)

well this album is the best , look just pretend that they stated wiv the ppl they have now then listen to their music its great!! and for all u ppl that say it sucks ....lets see u play better!! their lyrics r cool and the guitar is amazing and y bother comment saying bad things this a a fans site freaks!!!! we cant all be intrested in the same stuff to some ppl this ROCKS to others they hate it and unless u have something positive to say FUCK OFF THIS SITE.... keep goin the way u r taking back sunday cuz u kno most of us love u ! :S :P

nuthinbutdisastor (January 11, 2005)

TBS...they are fuckin awesome, wat else can i say, i band that has rocked from the beggining, even with the lose of jon nolan and shuan cooper, they still pulled there music together in an awesoome style, that cant go ignored.

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

I Cannot Understand how that band's new CD is even considered emo, the lyrics have lost all meaning and the tone of voice in the singers just show it all, no frustration or anger... NOTHING! just looks like these kids are pretty damn happy about everything.

-Lea . C

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

I think it's alright, could be better, and you can just tell listening to adam's voice he has no anger or fustration, yet his songs are considered emo?! whats going on there?

joedobbs (November 9, 2004)

holy crap this album freakin rocks...(anyone who hates this album) listen up you suck then because these guys had to totally remake their band...two guys quit obviously they couldn't handle it so obviously they were idiots yes they were talented but man t.b.s. got some nuts and got new band members...so they worked their asses off getting a new band and putting together this album...they earned their respect and they freakin rock this "where you want to be" album is freakin amazing....anyone who sais otherwise is obviously freakin stupid in the area of music and also has no talent...oh yeah and led zeplin freakin sucks...bye wipe good

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

As everyone already knows, john nolan was in taking back sunday, and co-wrote the songs on tell all your friends, and when john nolan left everyone said taking back sunday was a sinking ship and john nolan was the only thing that had held it together with his oh so wonderful wrighting skills.

Well now that they have both let out their new CDs i can safely say that taking back sunday did fine without john, and the lyrics that were done without him are absolutly amzing, while johns CD isn't all that amazing, its quite predictable.

Anonymous (October 26, 2004)

It isn't quite what I expected, but not really in a bad way. It is good, but Fred makes it much much better, vocals & stylistically.

I am working on a special project for fans of Taking Back Sunday. I am collecting stories & photos from fans from all over, at this website:

http://www.jsolar.com/projectTBS/

Anonymous (October 20, 2004)

this was a good album, but not great, tell all your friends is much better- more up-beat

Anonymous (October 6, 2004)

Wow if ur actually interested in this band u must have a dirty bunghole or something cause their music stinks like Lyssa's shit. I hope someone with a really big and gross penis rapes u for a long time and like rips ur anus so it hurts to crap or something cause u suck. go listen to led zeppelin they r cool. taking back sunday sucks grandpa pubes

Anonymous (October 6, 2004)

Taking Back Sunday is honestly one of the worst bands I have ever heard. They have 0 talent and whoever likes them should be shot over and over again for provoking this shitty music. All their songs sound the same and they are all about the same things. They have no comparison to bands like Led Zeppelin. Face the facts, Taking Back Sunday is very untalented. They are no different from any of those shitty other bands like Simple Plan or Good Charlotte.

Anonymous (September 25, 2004)

To the person a couple comments below: If a band is going to drastically change it's line-up BUT still go by the same name, then their albums are going to be compared. * cough

Anonymous (September 6, 2004)

I love "Where you want to be" I think it's mixed better than TAYF and Fred has better vocal control than John Nolan. it's true that Lazzara has some trouble live with his pitch control... but a show that energetic certainly makes up for a sharp note here or there. And as for the songs, I like how you can sort of tell where they're going before they get there... the breakdown, the sing-a-long chorus... You can tell where they're going and it's where I want to be (pun intended)

W

www.nineballrock.com

Anonymous (August 27, 2004)

Look past the name and the history. Just listen to the album and forget about this band having the same name as the one that released "Tell All Your Friends". This isn't a stellar album, but it's by no means deserving of less than 3. The only track I can't listen to is "New American Classic"...I thought that somehow I got a Dashboard track in my playlist by accident.

Anonymous (August 27, 2004)

i agree with whoever it was that said that a linup change was a different band. i bought the cd with that in mind and it's not bad. i still prefer the old TBS but i was expecting the worst from where you want to be and it wasn't that bad.

Anonymous (August 26, 2004)

anyone who thinks that this cd "doesn't deserve a rating of over 3 stars" is completely wrong. obviously you are NOT a true TBS fan, and if you were, you would accept the change. it definantly shows how great a writer adam lazzara is, and also he co-wrote most of the songs with fred. so give him some credit. and if he sucked at guitar, he wouldn't be in the band would he? i mean eddie, adam, and mark are in no way stupid people and wouldn't just bring in a guy that has no talent. just listen to the cd and you'll see how good it is.

oh and wtf is "TOYF" ..

Anonymous (August 19, 2004)

*cough* why would you compare tayf and this one in the first place? lineup change = different band.

Anonymous (August 19, 2004)

this is awesome with a huge variety from an acoustic in "New American Classic" to the usual upbeat songs. The lyrics are truly, and as always, something special and amazing. This album stays true to who they;ve been, in other words...if you likes the last album or any of their singles. you'll like this one. So go out give the support and buy it!

Franz77 (August 15, 2004)

Well well I have read alot of these comments on the album and I have to say there are alot of idiots out there. this album in any way does not deserve anything over three stars. In comparison to "tell all your friends" this record is nothing. They have lost all there originality and now fit in with the common pop records out today. I read a reveiw saying that Fred is a way better guitar player and singer than john was. I fell back in my chair from laughter, I know who ever wrote that probably didn't have an ounce of talent in guitar, and as for the singing from who ever said freds voice compliments adams better than johns did, I am at a loss of words for that.
most of the people who have given this record a very high rating are probably really into awfull bands like simple plan and are really into the pop punk crap out today, and probably no older than 14. I have also given this record a chance to for all you people that have said just give it a chance and the only track on this album that I like to listen to is "set phasers to stun" the lyrics "im sorry it took me so long" just really stand out to me and its not as pop as the other songs. just to let all of the people who said the next record couldn't be as good as "tell all your friends" well before john left they had a couple of new songs written, I heard 2 of them and they where very very TAYF worthy. Who ever posted that this album is as passable as new found glorys cd is right. I could go on and on about this record and how it has its cons but i'll cut it short. -take care

Anonymous (August 14, 2004)

This cd fuck'n kicks ass and takes names. If you don't have it get it. Check for tour dates on ticketmaster.

Anonymous (August 12, 2004)

all you all that say this album sucks and whatever are dumbass's...TBS is fucking great and the new album is different but still kicks ass...if you would listen to the lyrics and just "feel" the music then you would realize that its a great album....as one magizine said "they went from heart broken to lovelorn"

stop bitching and just listen to the music for shits sake

Anonymous (August 11, 2004)

Well so I don't get mauled (haha jeff) I will just say that is one damn good review. and thanks so much

Anonymous (August 10, 2004)

as this cd does have some repitition, it is a great cd. i think adam and fred complement each other better than adam and john(i will prob get hate mail for that). they took lyrics from brand new because those two bands have been fueding. to find out why go to songfacts.com and look up seventy times 7 by brand new. i love this new cd and saw them play an acoustic set in orlando. they rocked. adam and fred sound so well together. they have given me faith in music again.

Anonymous (August 7, 2004)

I think this album is great.
To everyone bitching and talking smack, just give the album a try ... but don't listen to it just one time, give it a couple of spins. I can assure you that you will get some lines stuck in your heads for days.

My favorite song of the cd is One-Eighty By Summer.
You have to listen to this one song if you haven't.

Jd (August 5, 2004)

thats your fault for watching mtv.

Anonymous (August 4, 2004)

"I can't say I know what or why, but they must be doing something right, they opened up 3rd on billboard and sold like 163k albums. One day I will say 164k and that will show them"

maybe because their video plays after every fucking show on mtv

Anonymous (August 4, 2004)

I can't say I know what or why, but they must be doing something right, they opened up 3rd on billboard and sold like 163k albums. One day I will say 164k and that will show them

fistchode (August 4, 2004)

I don't love it or anything, but I do find myself constantly listening to it (over TAYF), so that's something.

Jd (August 4, 2004)

I really want to review the Planes Mistaken For Stars album "up in them guts"....problem is, where do i get it? I have checked everywhere.

Any info would be great. Besides the website, I know I can get it there.

-Jeff

Anonymous (August 4, 2004)

This review rules, and jeff dring kicks serious ass. Do it.... Do it

Jd (August 4, 2004)

The purpose of this review was not to claim one album is better than the last. Thats not the point of reviewing anything. The band is different now. THESE THINGS HAPPEN. There are other reviews coming...so keep reading kiddies.

jeff

Bryne (August 2, 2004)

Even after two reviews I have no desire to ever hear this.

james718 (August 2, 2004)

not as good as their first album but i still like this one

Anonymous (August 2, 2004)

not as good as TAYF but not much is ....its still really good.

Anonymous (August 2, 2004)

Not as good as Tell All Your Friends.....but it's listenable
I enjoy "one-eighty by summer"

I also enjoy the line "i flicked every switch that i could find on the way out just to upset your more, just to keep you busy, just to make you angry, just because you were right"

Anonymous (August 2, 2004)

Score's for Breaking Pangea.

Anonymous (August 2, 2004)

Bonus Mosh pt.2 is the worst song title i have ever heard...

Anonymous (August 2, 2004)

"Mascherino and Rubano flesh out the guitar and bass playing and interject a more mature twist to the saga that is Taking Back Sunday."

that is the stupidest fucking thing i've ever read.

they've had two cd's so far, they are nowhere near being a "saga"

and that is the lamest attempt to sound smart i have ever heard, it's impossible to use "flesh out" and "the saga that is taking back sunday" in the same sentence and sound smart, that sentence in itself makes no sense, it just sounds like it does because of the choice of words.

i like the cd but this review sucks.

- Ryan

Anonymous (August 2, 2004)

Less Taking Back Sunday, more Today Is the Day

-BSD

Anonymous (August 2, 2004)

ughh. i hate how people feel the need to say things for shitty motives. this site is losing its credibility for me.

screw what anyone else thinks. listen to it. like it. hate it. but do what you want regardless of "the scene."

Anonymous (August 1, 2004)

I like the album but it's missing the honest desperation that was in Tell All Your Friends

Anonymous (August 1, 2004)

oh and i forgot
scores for adam's vocals in the second verse of "this photograph is proof"

-b

Anonymous (August 1, 2004)

This score is for "theres no I in team"

-b

Anonymous (August 1, 2004)

In about hmmm...5 years, admitting you listened to this shit band will be like admitting you listened to Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch now.

Anonymous (August 1, 2004)

Totally true about the Tell All Your Friends not being that good. I skipped the first two tracks every time as they sucked big time. There were probably a couple of other skippable tracks as well. The good songs here aren't as good as the good songs on Tell All Your Friends but there are less skippable ones.

Anonymous (August 1, 2004)

Can you retards please get your abbreviations correct. It's fucking TAYF. It is NOT TOYF or TALY. Damn annoying people.

Album is ok. A little too poppy. It will get little rotation in my cd player after a week.

Anonymous (August 1, 2004)

i bought toyf the first week it was available, so score me 10 points for being there from the "start." but seriously, the first album wasn't amazing. i usually skip 3 or 4 of the tracks when i listen to it. this album definetely lacks some punch that toyf had, but it's still a decent album. set phasers to stun is a better song than anything off of the first album.

i don't see how somebody can honestly say that this album is a huge drop from the last one. take john nolan off of his little cloud in your eyes. the first one was good, this one isn't quite as good. the first one wasn't brilliant, and this one isn't awful.

Anonymous (August 1, 2004)

"Where You Want To Be is a record that should not disappoint fans of Taking Back Sunday"

I STILL LOVE "TAYF", and TBS WERE one of my fav bands, but i think this record is S H I T.

Anonymous (August 1, 2004)

This CD is on sale for 12,99$ Canadian, while both DEP and PMFS are 26,99$.

Anonymous (August 1, 2004)

C'mon. Even though I didn't like their first album, this album completely lacks ALL the originality and personality that 'Tell All Your Friends' had. At least that record was angry and a little 'new' sounding, but this is so generic and unimaginative and...well, utterly average.

This is as pedestrian and forgettable as New Found Glory's 'Catalyst'.

colin (August 1, 2004)

colins review sucked, it was poorly written, and that is why i like this one better

i'd like to know how mine was poorly written... i mean, i think i used proper grammar, spelling, and overall structure... i reviewed it in comparison to the older album (which may or may not be what you are referring to) but overall i think the worst part about my review would be that i gave the disc a horrible score...

Anonymous (August 1, 2004)

The people below are right, we need the hazen st. review

Ted_The_Bellhop (July 31, 2004)

You lose your backing vocalist and the guy who writes all of your music, what do you expect. It sucks!

Anonymous (July 31, 2004)

does anyone else get annoyed at the new guitarists stage prescence?..just him dancing and singing ive got a bad feeling about this are cause for a soon disastar

Anonymous (July 31, 2004)

To the Busted/McFly comment - if they wear a Thursday t-shirt it does not make them as punk/alternative as Thursday nor does it mean that they sound anything like Thursday. It means that they have a member who is a fan of that band. And American's have no idea who Busted or McFly are so ur comment is even more stupid.

anyway this album's really good. Can't decide if it beats TOYF but I think it's a good album regardless of whether it's punk or not. I like good music, not music with a cool tag attached to it.

Anonymous (July 31, 2004)

ok.. two TBS reviews over either a new minus the bear or velvet teen... scott get crackin on those reviews.. only you are brave enough to take on the indie rock

Anonymous (July 31, 2004)

the other review was better. this band sucks. always have and always will. thats right i said it.

Anonymous (July 31, 2004)

to forty- colins review sucked, it was poorly written, and that is why i like this one better.

to the anonymous guy giving defense to hazen st.- that band makes madball look like the beatles.

Anonymous (July 31, 2004)

How can you say "A decade under the influence" sounds like a bigger better TBS, it is one of the worst songs i have ever heard all i can say is " I got a bad feeling about this, I got a bad feeling about this" and it goes on and on

Anonymous (July 31, 2004)

"There is no review of the hardcore homeboys known as hazen st., yet this unbearable garbage is reviewed again!?! "

cause that band fucking blows. fucking trash ass posers."

Congratulations!

You win the award for being captain obvious!

FortyMinutesWest (July 31, 2004)

So why is it better, because it's more positive?

Anonymous (July 31, 2004)

I'd rather be sleeping. That's where I'd wanna be.

Anonymous (July 31, 2004)

score's for how much better this review is than colin's. Although i do not agree with everything you said, it makes more sense than colins fucking stupid review.

-DJ Shadow

xandrewx (July 31, 2004)

say what you will about the new cd, but there is no denying that fred is a better guitar player and singer than john. no comparison.

hell, to simplify matters, compare breaking pangaea to straylight run. i know who i'd rather listen to any day of the week.

Anonymous (July 31, 2004)

Better review than the other one

Anonymous (July 31, 2004)

There is no review of the hardcore homeboys known as hazen st., yet this unbearable garbage is reviewed again!?! "

cause that band fucking blows. fucking trash ass posers.

Anonymous (July 31, 2004)

What I want to know is, where is the BUSTED and McFLY reviews? Busted were wearing a THURSDAY shirt on TV today, and sound and look exactly like THE ATARIS, TAKING BACK NOVEMBER, etc - this stuff is not the alternative, and it is not punk. Just like Busted and McFly. If anyone can tell me the difference, please do because I am lost!!!

Anonymous (July 31, 2004)

"The Union" and "Set Phasers to Stun" come off sounding like the cuts that did not make it to the final version of Tell All Your Friends.

what the hell is wrong with you? the only track that sounds like it can belong on TALY is slowdance on the inside.

lostinthecrowd13 (July 31, 2004)

This cd is growing on me but I still have to skip past certain songs. I miss the violent lyrics though so that doesn't help.

FortyMinutesWest (July 31, 2004)

No review is objective.

shraps (July 31, 2004)

This review is a lot more on target than the previous. Props for giving a more objective review. It wasn't the greatest, but it proved that this band isn't collapsing without Nolan.

Anonymous (July 31, 2004)

There is no review of the hardcore homeboys known as hazen st., yet this unbearable garbage is reviewed again!?!

Oh...fuck you

I WANT A HILARIOUS HAZEN ST. REVIEW!!!!!

gladimnotemo (July 30, 2004)

Why does the lead singer act like he's got an advanced case of the shakes? Good Lord, just calm down. It's not that intense.

On a positive note, the guitarist has a nice beard.

Anonymous (July 30, 2004)

200 comments arguing that taking back sunday sucks and that they're really good

ready....set..go!

Anonymous (July 30, 2004)

does this have songs that evoke stuff? cool.

wyzo

Anonymous (July 30, 2004)

I'm a 28 year old male. I bought it. I agree with this reviewer.

Fuzzy (July 30, 2004)

I have no interest in ever hearing this cd. But this review was very good, and miles above the other one.

Anonymous (July 30, 2004)

I mean no slander or harm with this following comment:

Since its release last tuesday I've only sold this cd to girls who look to be about 14. This is not an embellishment, lie, or an attempt to further my disgust for this band. This is the plain truth, as sad as that may be

Barkley

Anonymous (July 30, 2004)

why give such a god awful record by this shitty band a second review?

you should give planes mistaken for stars a second review because up in them guts is an amazing record and the review you guys posted on it makes no sense even tho the reviewer liked the record.

colin (July 30, 2004)

bigger production does not mean better production, we all know a band gets more money second time around.

the only appeal that set taking back sunday apart from teh rest of the emowhore crowd was the duality, the perfect duality, of nolan's screams and lazarra's vocals. those are totally absent here, except on "...slowdance on the inside."

you talk about lazarras voice creeping around, you're right, it cracks, creeps, goes off key and can't even be fixed by protools.

it's a fine effort of an album for a first out demo tape of 19 year olds. an established, or at least established as much as taking back sunday can be, band should not be putting crap like this out.

however, i must commend you for not falling flat on your face in the review. i was figuring one of the OMG DIE TBS 4REAL LIFE people was going to try and review it.

Anonymous (July 30, 2004)

trat = treat o_O

Anonymous (July 30, 2004)

I absolutely love this cd, TAYF is good infact its great, but putting all personal issues aside this cd is fantasitc. Nolan wasn't the only writer to leve TBS seeing how they wrote the cd with jesse lacey (is that his name?) from Brand New. IMO Nolan is a tad bit overrated, I'm not saying he is no good but he is given incredibly to much credit. Adam is a trat and you can argue that his voice isn't great or he can't hold a note BUT this is "punk" not mariah carey. They put on a show that is incredible, When I saw them in 2002 with Rufio/Brand New you could tell they stunned the audience and you knew that nothing but a bright future was ahead..

Anonymous (July 30, 2004)

adam has always been a fool

TrainWreck (July 30, 2004)

Good cd, not as good as Tell all your friends, but still very good.

Anonymous (July 30, 2004)

are you saying this was better than tell all your friends? what's wrong with you?

Anonymous (July 30, 2004)

Fred makes Adam look like a fool live.

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