Tuesday, September 21, 2010

CD Review: Taking Back Sunday Goes Acoustic

Taking Back Sunday wanted to try something a little different with their second live release. They decided to give their fans a more intimate look into their alternative rock sound. They traded in their electric instruments for acoustic instruments in an unplugged setting. The album was recorded over two nights at the Angel Orensanz in New York in December 2009.

The band seems to stumble through the opener "MakeDamnSure" before finding their footing as the song's ending approaches. The softer songs seem to perform better in this acoustic setting as the group finally grasps the concept in "A Decade Under The Influence/Lighting Song" and "Your Own Disaster." It's the little imperfections and raw energy that bring this intimate crowd to life. The vocals screams in "One-Eighty By Summer" and "My Blue Heaven" are felt as much as if being there in the audience. The band seems to be having fun performing in front of this smaller group and in turn performs the fan favorite "Cute Without The E" from their debut album.

"Live From Orensanz" was released back in August in a limited edition CD/DVD version as well as a stand-alone CD version. The group is currently in the studio creating the follow-up to their last studio album "New Again." Visit the band's website, takingbacksunday.com for more information.

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