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New Again is the fourth studio album by American rock band Taking Back Sunday, released through Warner Bros. Records on June 1, 2009. It is the first album to include their new guitarist Matthew Fazzi after the departure of Fred Mascherino in mid-2007. The album was produced by David Kahne, with a selection of tracks also produced by Matt Squire. Additional production on all tracks was done by Jamie Siegel.

Release and promotion

The name of the album, New Again, was announced through the band's MySpace page on November 6, 2008. It was chosen because Adam Lazzara felt that they were a new band; he said, "We kicked around a bunch of different titles, but that one always remained the top of the list, and that’s because it really does feel like a new band." A song off of the album, "Carpathia", was made available as a free download on December 21, 2008 to anybody that purchased a Taking Back Sunday Holiday Card Pack. The band then released a 7" vinyl with "Carpathia" and a live version of "Catholic Knees" on April 18.

The album's first single, "Sink Into Me", was released to radio on April 27, 2009. It was also released online via the iTunes Store on April 21. The music video for the first single premiered on May 11 on MTV.com, MTV2, MTVu and MTV Hits.

The band's official website has also stated that the song "Where My Mouth Is" is most likely going to be a single also.

Artwork

The same day the band released the date the album would be out, they released the album artwork, which was done by Brad Filip (also the album artist of Where You Want to Be and Tell All Your Friends).

In the past, the band have expressed that the number 152 always appears on the covers of their albums. On the Tell All Your Friends artwork it is simply written in the corner next to the album's title. On the artwork for Where You Want to Be, there is a sign saying "next exit 152 miles". On the Louder Now artwork, the price on the theater's sign is "$1.52", and on the New Again artwork, it has been hidden to a further extent. Hanging from the rear view mirror of the car are three fuzzy dice, showing the numbers 1, 5 and 2 respectively. Additionally, the CD design also references the band's home of Nassau County, Long Islandmarker, with the Area code 516marker appearing underneath the speedometer.

Special Edition

Taking Back Sunday offered a special edition package, which came with a small model car with decals, an air freshener, three dice, a 2GB USB storage key, and a [fake] drivers license featuring one of the band members. The CD itself included an additional "making of the album" DVD which also featured a track-by-track commentary from the band, as well as an autographed booklet.

Sales

New Again debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200, selling 48,000 copies in its first week in the United States. The album also debuted at number 31 on the Australian ARIA Charts.

Reception

New Again received generally favorable reviews from critics, acquiring an aggregrated metascore of 77% on review accumulator Metacritic. Scott Heisel of Alternative Press praised the record highly, stating that it "leaps forward as the best album of Taking Back Sunday's career to date". For Matthew Niner of Pop Matters, "they have produced another solid album that cements their reputation as one of the most genuinely affecting and consistent bands in the current scene".

Track listing

Release history

Country Date
United Kingdom June 1, 2009
Canada
United States June 2, 2009
South Korea
Australia June 5, 2009
Japan June 10, 2009
Brazil June 18, 2009


References

  1. TBS Radio Single. AbsolutePunk.net
  2. Taking Back Sunday Website Bio
  3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6CXmpOi62s
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  5. http://australian-charts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Taking+Back+Sunday
  6. http://www.metacritic.com/music/artists/takingbacksunday/newagain



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