POZ Decade: Taking Back Sunday - Where You Want To Be
Taking Back Sunday’s Where You Want to Be was released ten years ago this week, and PropertyOfZack is launching our next Decade feature in honor of the album today! We have commentary on the album from POZ team members Adrienne Fisher, Erik van Rheenen, and Deanna Chapman, so enjoy and reblog to let us know your thoughts on Where You Want to Be ten years later!
How Where You Want to Be holds up in 2014
Where You Want To Be was the first time I really heard about Taking Back Sunday. I was almost 12 when the album came out, and the music video for “A Decade Under The Influence” seemed to constantly be on TV. To this day, I will still enjoy hearing that song. After listening to this album top to bottom for the first time in a while, I quickly remembered why it’s such a great album. The songwriting is brilliant, and the songs are the right mixture of heavy hitting and mellow. It makes for an extremely enjoyable and emotional album all at the same time, with songs like “A Decade Under The Influence,” “One Eighty By Summer,” and “New American Classic.” ‘Sophomore slump’ is a term that is thrown around quite a bit in music, but this album was by no means a slump for the band. I would easily say this album has stood the test of time so far for TBS fans. – Deanna Chapman
Most important song on Where You Want to Be
There’s a sense of poetic justice in christening “A Decade Under the Influence” the crown jewel of Where You Want to Be – since Adam Lazzara and Fred Mascherino first sang, “to hell with you and all your friends, it’s on,” Taking Back Sunday have labored under the song’s influence for ten straight years. “Decade” is easily as dynamic as the most reckless of Tell All Your Friends cuts, and Lou Giordano’s deftly punkish fingerprints mark the song as both a product of 2004 (a wonderfully heart-on-sleeve year when it comes to The Scene) and a catalyst for the shape of emo-rock to come.
The problem with being a Taking Back Sunday, though, comes from all the needless side-picking, like the band’s markedly different lineups are Red Rover teams, and you might as well take your side and stand your fucking ground lest one of the Lazzara/Nolan Era fans comes over. Truth is, Fred Mascherino was not, is not, and to the chagrin of Tell All Your Friends fanboys, will not ever be John Nolan. And while Nolan peppered TAYF with his signature vocals before maturing with Straylight Run, to hell with fans who wrote the band off as dead on Mascherino’s arrival. There’s a neurotic sort of nervous energy that punctuates “Decade,” and it’s that kind of jolt that spurred the band towards mainstream success. – Erik van Rheenen