Where You Want to Be
|Where You Want to Be|
|Studio album by Taking Back Sunday|
|Released||July 27, 2004|
|Studio||Mission Sound, Brooklyn, New York; Water Music, Hoboken, New Jersey|
|Taking Back Sunday chronology|
|Singles from Where You Want to Be|
Where You Want to Be is the second studio album by American rock band Taking Back Sunday. While touring in support of Tell All Your Friends (2002), guitarist John Nolan and bassist Shaun Cooper left the band. They were replaced by Fred Mascherino and Matt Rubano, respectively. After a co-heading tour with Saves the Day in fall 2003, the band began working on Where You Want to Be. The band was dismissive of a number of early songs as they wished to "grow musically with this [new album]." In March 2004, recording sessions for Where You Want to Be began with Lou Giordano handling production duties. The band recorded at Mission Sound in Brooklyn, New York for two weeks, before moving to Water Music in Hoboken, New Jersey, finishing recording by April.
Where You Want to Be was preceded by "A Decade Under the Influence", which was released to radio in late June 2004. While touring on the 2004 edition of Warped Tour, Where You Want to Be was released in late July through Victory. After appearing at Reading Festival, the group toured across Europe. The group then embarked on a U.S. fall tour. During this, the band worked with Blink-182 member Tom DeLonge to create a music video "This Photograph Is Proof (I Know You Know)", which was filmed over a 48-hour period. The band went on a winter tour with Atreyu and Funeral for a Friend. "This Photograph Is Proof (I Know You Know)" was released to radio in early January 2005. Following this, the band embarked on a co-headlining tour with Jimmy Eat World.
Where You Want to Be has received a mixed response from critics. Where You Want to Be sold 163,000 copies in its first week. It debuting at number 3 on the Billboard 200 chart, remaining there for a further 19 weeks. It peaked at number 1 on the Independent Albums chart, remaining on that chart for 50 weeks. "A Decade Under the Influence" reached number 16 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. Where You Want to Be became Victory's highest-charting album. In July 2005, it would be certified gold in the U.S. for having sold 500,000 copies. The album has since sold over 720,000 copies.
Taking Back Sunday released their debut album Tell All Your Friends in March 2002. Throughout the year the band spent most of it and 2003 touring. Guitarist John Nolan (citing exhausting from touring) left the band, with bassist Shaun Cooper following shortly afterwards. According to vocalist Adam Lazzara, Nolan and Cooper were "having trouble because everything was happening so fast. Going from being home ... to being gone all the time and having your whole life consumed and almost defined by the band that you’re in is a lot to handle". The band briefly considered breaking up. Guitarist Eddie Reyes contacted his friend, Breaking Pangaea frontman Fred Mascherino, who auditioned for Nolan's place. Bassist Matt Rubano, who grew up with drummer Mark O'Connell, then joined the group. The pair joined just in time for the band's fall tour in 2003.
Following a co-headlining tour with Saves the Day from September to November 2003, the group had "about 45 minutes to rest" before starting to work on Where You Want to Be, according to Rubano. Despite MTV reporting that the band were in the studio recording in January 2004, recording for Where You Want to Be didn't begin until March 1. The band self-funded the recording sessions. Unable to get Eric Valentine as a producer, the band worked with Lou Giordano instead. Recording took place at Mission Sound in Brooklyn, New York for a couple of weeks. Giordano was assisted by Oliver Strauss and Barbra Vlahides. Stuart Karmatz served as a technician, while Todd Parker engineered the sessions.
After recording drums, bass and the majority of the guitars, the band, along with Giordano and Parker, moved to Water Music in Hoboken, New Jersey. Here, the remainder of the guitars, as well as vocals, strings and cowbells were recorded. Recording was finished by April. Giordano, Parker and Ted Young mixed the recordings, while Ted Jensen handled mastering. Mike Sapone contributed programming to the songs. Girl Next Door String Quartet performed strings, which were arranged by conductor Ray Zu-Artez, who contributed piano. Neil Rubenstein of These Enzymes and Nick Torres of Northstar provided vocals to some songs. Mascherino later considered the sessions rushed.
Mascherino and Rubano, who both went to jazz college, according to Lazzara, were "really schooled in music and they know their instruments really well". Upon joining the band, the pair "cleaned up and tightened our sound." They started writing new material, and in no more than a few months, the group had enough compositions to record a second album. The band initially dismissed a number of songs as they came to the conclusion the material wasn't "taking us anyplace new. We really wanted to grow musically with this [new album]." The band attempted to write the best songs they could to push themselves. Mascherino revealed that the group "didn’t spend as much time playing together in order to do exactly what we wanted to because some of us were new. The album's sound has been described as pop punk. MTV wrote that the album was "driven by punchy, melodic hardcore riffs and yearning vocals", similar to that of The Movielife and Lifetime, with the band "expand[ing] its musical boundaries and tak[ing] some chances." "A Decade Under the Influence" is about the lack of realization a person has on the world.
On April 9, 2004, Where You Want to Be was announced for release. A week later, the band headlined Skate and Surf Festival, before supporting Blink-182 and Cypress Hill in May. Also in May, a music video was filmed for "A Decade Under the Influence", directed by Adam Levite. The video features the band placed inside of circles inside a warehouse. Remote control monster trucks with cameras were placed on tracks on these circles, which Lazzara said "it made everything look really sweet." "A Decade Under the Influence" was released as a radio single on June 22. A CD single of the song was released, featuring Mike Sapone-produced demos of "Little Devotional" and "A Decade Under the Influence", as well as the music video for the latter. The group went on a tour of the UK which included a date at Download Festival. From June to August, the band went on the 2004 edition of Warped Tour. Where You Want to Be was made available for streaming via MTV on July 22, before being released on July 27 through Victory Records.[nb 1] The Japanese edition of the album includes a bonus track: a re-recorded version of "Your Own Disaster".
Following an appearance at Reading Festival, the band went on a short European tour. The band toured the U.S. from September to November. While on the tour, the band filmed a video for "This Photograph Is Proof (I Know You Know)" with Blink-182's Tom DeLonge. In a span of 48 hours, the band flew from Dallas, Texas to Los Angeles, California to Nashville, Tennessee to film the video. According to the band, DeLonge had "a great visual concept and was a very enthusiastic, focused and attentive first-time director." Also in November, the band went on tour with Atreyu and Funeral for a Friend. "This Photograph Is Proof (I Know You Know)" was released as a radio single on January 11, 2005. In April and May, the band went on a co-headlining tour with Jimmy Eat World. In May, a music video was made for "Set Phasers to Stun", which featured Hungarian dance group Troup de Pozolo de Zav. Victory were unsure whether to make the video an internet-only release or send it to MTV.
|Drowned in Sound||4/10 |
|Entertainment Weekly||B+ |
|Punknews.org|| (Jeff Dring) 
|Stylus Magazine||D+ |
Where You Want to Be debuted on the Billboard 200 chart at number 3, selling 163,000 copies in its first week. The album remained on the chart for 19 weeks. The album became Victory's highest-charting release, beating the previous record of held by Atreyu's, The Curse, which peaked at number 34. The album also reached number 1 on the Independent Albums chart, staying on the chart for 50 weeks. After three weeks, 260,000 copies had been sold. By the end of 2004, album sales stood at 458,000 copies. By February 2005, album sales reached 566,000 copies. The album would become one of the best-selling independent rock albums within a year, selling 634,000 copies by June, becoming certified gold the following month by the RIAA. This made the band become the first Victory band to have a gold album. By September, 667,000 copies had been sold. By early 2006, the album's sales stood at 700,000 copies. By July, the album had sold over 720,000 copies. "A Decade Under the Influence" peaked at number 16 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.
Brian Kraus of Alternative Press considered the album "the closest they've come to the elusive "perfect album." Calling it "catchy" when compared to the group's previous album, Tell All Your Friends, it "matured the words past freshman year and flexed the rhythm guitar to a new level."
- Side one
- "Set Phasers to Stun" – 3:03
- "Bonus Mosh Pt. II" – 3:06
- "A Decade Under the Influence" – 4:07
- "This Photograph Is Proof (I Know You Know)" – 4:11
- "The Union" – 2:50
- "New American Classic" – 4:35
- Side two
- "I Am Fred Astaire" – 3:43
- "One-Eighty by Summer" – 3:53
- "Number Five with a Bullet" – 3:49
- "Little Devotional" – 3:07
- "...Slowdance on the Inside" – 4:26
- Bonus track
|12.||"Your Own Disaster"||5:39|
Personnel per booklet.
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