Louder Now

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Louder Now
Taking back sunday louder now.jpg
Studio album by Taking Back Sunday
Released April 25, 2006
Recorded September 2005 – January 2006
Studio Barefoot Studios, Los Angeles, California
Length 45:38
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Eric Valentine
Taking Back Sunday chronology
Where You Want to Be
Louder Now
Notes from the Past
Singles from Louder Now
  1. "MakeDamnSure"
    Released: April 25, 2006
  2. "Twenty-Twenty Surgery"
    Released: August 28, 2006
  3. "Liar (It Takes One to Know One)"
    Released: November 6, 2006

Louder Now is the third studio album by American rock band Taking Back Sunday, released on April 25, 2006 through Warner Bros. Records. The first single off the album was "MakeDamnSure".


In July 2004, Taking Back Sunday released Where You Want to Be through Victory Records. The album would become one of the best-selling independent rock albums within a year, selling 634,00 copies[1] and being certified gold by the RIAA.[2] The band toured frequently in the span of eight months, before they started composing material for their next album.[3] In April and May, the band went on a co-headlining tour with Jimmy Eat World,[4] on which, they debuted new songs "Error: Operator" and "What's It Feel Like to Be a Ghost?".[3] On June 10, 2005, it was announced that the band had signed to Warner Bros. and that they would begin recording their third album later in the year.[1]

Later in June, the band contributed "Error: Operator" to the video game adaption of Fantastic Four. Activision, who made the game, wanted the track to be written from the point of Mister Fantastic. The group were hesitant, according to Lazzara, as the character is an "extremely rich, extremely smart guy. [...] And I’m not very smart, and I’m not rich at all, so I couldn’t really relate."[5] The song was also included on the movie's soundtrack.[6]


On September 21, 2005, it was announced that the band had begun recording their third album with Eric Valentine.[7] The group chose to work with Valentine as he had previously done Queens of the Stone Age's Songs for the Deaf (2002) and Third Eye Blind's self-titled album (1997). The band did meet with Howard Benson and Rob Cavallo, but their "love of Eric’s work kind of trumped any other meeting we had."[8] Unlike their previous records, the band worked in a massive studio,[9] recording at Barefoot Studios in Los Angeles, California.[10] By November, rhythm guitar, bass and drums were done, leaving vocals and lead guitar left to be finished.[9] Recording wrapped up on New Years Day 2006.[11] Matt Radosevich engineered the recordings with assistance from Chris Roach, while Valentine mixed them.[10]

According to Rubano, the group wished to make a rock-orientated album, not in their composition style but "maybe in the recording and the tones of the instruments." The group ended up bringing out "a really unique character" in all of the songs.[12] Working in a big studio gave the band the opportunity to "have more than two guitar sounds", according to Lazzara.[13] The band recorded 14 songs, with 11 planned to make the final track listing.[14][nb 1] The strings on "My Blue Heaven", arranged by Anton Patzner, were performed by Judgement Day. Anton Patzner played violin and viola, while Lewis Patzner played cello. Elena Mascherino provided backing vocals on "I'll Let You Live". Brian Gardner mastered the recordings at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood, California.[10] The group released behind-the-scenes clips of them working in the studio,[14] often featuring snippets of new songs.[16][17]


Taking Back Sunday rented a room in Manhattan,[18] which they had shared with The Sleeping,[8] where they would write songs with laptops and guitars.[18] The band would go there typically at 10am then stay until whenever they wanted. During some evenings, Lazzara would show up after the band to compose melodies.[8] The group wrote a total of 20 songs before dropping half of them.[18] According to Rubano, Mascherino and Lazzara's lyrics "are coming into a golden age. The tracks are really more rocking and we’re trying some new things, but it’s still us."[3] Similar to Where You Want to Be, the band attempted to write the best songs they could to push themselves.[9]

Lazzara pondered that the band was "starting to grow up", not writing songs about being in high school, realizing that they "have to be an adult about some things".[3] Mascherino claimed the group wished to create something "timeless", in an attempt to stand out from their peers. Mascherino mentioned that the group "didn’t want to just do the formula", incorporating instruments like piano, xylophone[18] and strings.[9] Alternative Press noted how the album had a "much more full sound, much more tight", compared to Where You Want to Be.[8] MTV called the album "a big, ballsy, monster of a rock record".[11]

"What's It Feel Like to Be a Ghost?", according to Lazzara, is about a "pre-pre-midlife crisis."[19] Rubano considered the opening guitar riff "not quite 'Paradise City,' but it's a guitar riff where when we first came up with it, we were like, 'Whoa! Rock!'". Rubano thought "Liar (It Takes One to Know One)" sounded like a modern equivalent of The Police.[12] Lazzara called the song as going "110 miles-per-hour, very hard to play and totally rocking."[13] "MakeDamnSure" features a phone message in the bridge. Lazzara and his girlfriend were in a fight at the time, resulting in her leaving him a message. Lazzara showed it to Valentine and supported its inclusion in the song.[8] According to Mascherino, "MakeDamnSure" received the most group effort out of all songs on the album.[18]

Lazzara called "My Blue Heaven" "laidback".[13] For "Twenty-Twenty Surgery", Lazzara had several groups of lyrics and a bunch of melodies, "but nothing was working and it was the most frustrating thing." The chorus for the song was the last to be written for the album.[8] "Miami" features a guitar solo by Mascherino.[18] He was encouraged by Lazzara to come up with a guitar solo while the band was demoing the track.[8] Rubano noted that the song had "a definite Cure influence".[12] "Sleep" was the band's attempt at getting a Motown-inspired bass sound.[13]


In late January 2006, the band toured the UK.[12] On February 16, Louder Now was announced for release.[20] The album's artwork, which was a photograph taken by Joel Meyerowitz before being edited by Brad Filip,[18] was revealed a day later.[17] On February 28, "MakeDamnSure" was made available for streaming.[21] In early March, the band filmed a music video for "MakeDamnSure".[22] It was filmed in Los Angeles with director Marc Klasfeld.[22] The band chose to work with Klasfeld as his script for the video fitted the song, according to Rubano.[22] MTV described the video as "a powerful montage of violent images, all shot in arty slow motion" combined with shots of the band performing inside a wind tunnel.[22] Also in March, the group toured Australia.[16] From late March to mid May, the band toured across the U.S.,[23] with support from Tokyo Rose.[21] On April 6, the music video for "MakeDamnSure" was released.[24] The group played at the Give it a Name festival in the UK, before headlining The Bamboozle festival in the U.S.[16] The album was planned for release in spring,[14] before being released on April 25 through Warner Bros.[11]

In June and July, the band went on tour with Angels & Airwaves.[25] From October to November, the group went on the 2006 edition of the Taste of Chaos tour, visiting New Zealand and Europe.[26] On December 12, Taking Back Sunday released a special CD/DVD version on the album entitled The Louder Now DVD: PartOne. The CD includes four live bonus tracks. The DVD contains over 60 minutes of footage, documenting the making of the album, their world tour and also live and behind the scenes footage of a show at the Long Beach Arena.[27] From late February to early March 2007, the band went on a North American headlining tour with support from Underoath and Armor for Sleep.[28] From late July to early September, the band went on the 2007 edition of the Projekt Revolution tour with Linkin Park.[29] Shortly after the tour, Mascherino left the band, although it wasn't formally announced until early October. Mascherino revealed that "it was getting to the point where I felt I had taken the road as long as I possibly could." He composed material that was "more pop than anyone else [in the band] wanted to go". He had written over 45 songs, the majority of which was intended for Louder Now, but were turned down by the band. Mascherino has since started a solo project, The Color Fred.[30]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 64/100 [31]
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 75% [32]
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars [33]
Alternative Press 4/5 stars [34]
The A.V. Club C− [35]
Entertainment Weekly B+ [36]
Now 2/5 stars[37]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [38]
Spin 8/10 [31]
Stylus Magazine B− [39]
Uncut 3/5 stars [31]

Critical reception[edit]

Louder Now scored 64 out of 100 from Metacritic based on "generally favorable reviews".[31] Most reviews are positive: IGN gave the album a score of 6.7 out of ten and said, "It's a safe bet to say that TBS diehards will soak up the 11 tracks with a sponge-like vengeance. Newcomers may wonder what all the bells and whistles are about, though. But tracks like "My Blue Heaven," "Spin," "Divine Intervention," and "I'll Let You Live" promise even greater things to come from this band, who are only now hinting at their growing sonic maturity."[40]

Others are mixed or unfavorable: NME gave the album a score of six out of ten and said "it tails off towards the end, and TBS never quite shake the feeling that other people are doing this sort of thing far more thrillingly elsewhere."[31] Punknews.org gave it one-and-a-half stars out of five and said it was "getting old and pretty boring. Taking their often-compared counterparts in Brand New under consideration, Taking Back Sunday simply hasn't grown. While the last album's lack of maturity could be blamed on the band being re-formed, they've been a single group now for long enough that there should be some sense of growth. Instead, what I'm hearing is the best impersonation of old Taking Back Sunday that the new Taking Back Sunday could put together."[41]

Commercial performance and accolades[edit]

Louder Now was projected to sell 185,000 copies,[42] instead, it sold 158,000 copies in the first week, and debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200.[43] The album sold fewer copies than its predecessor Where You Want to Be, which had sold 164,000 copies. Louder Now was kept off the top spot by Godsmack's IV,[44] which had sold 211,000 copies.[45] The album also charted at number 2 on the Digital Albums chart,[46] number 7 on the Top Rock Albums chart,[47] and number 9 on the Tastemaker Albums chart.[48] In June, the album was certified gold by the RIAA.[2] By August, it had sold over 470,000 copies.[49] By May 2009, the album had sold 674,000 copies.[50]

The album was voted the best of 2006 in Kerrang! magazine's end-of-year poll.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Taking Back Sunday.

Side A
  1. "What's It Feel Like to Be a Ghost?" – 3:47
  2. "Liar (It Takes One to Know One)" – 3:09
  3. "MakeDamnSure" – 3:32
  4. "Up Against (Blackout)" – 3:02
  5. "My Blue Heaven" – 4:09
  6. "Twenty-Twenty Surgery" – 3:55
Side B
  1. "Spin" – 3:39
  2. "Divine Intervention" – 4:14
  3. "Miami" – 3:41
  4. "Error: Operator" – 2:51
  5. "I'll Let You Live" – 5:07
Bonus tracks


Personnel per booklet.[10]

Chart positions and certifications[edit]


  1. ^ In 2014, Cooper revealed that Warner Bros. wanted the group to re-record Tell All Your Friends during the Louder Now sessions, to which Cooper replied: "Are you nuts?"[15]
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