Taking Back Sunday's 'Happiness Is' moving forward

BY: DIANA PINEDO 

TBS

Five albums later, the American rock band, Taking Back Sunday comes back with a new twist on its sixth album, “Happiness Is,” released March 18. After being picked up by Hopeless Records,  it seems as though they’ve gone far off the typical sound of their entire discography. The new album is definitely not “Cute Without the ‘E’” status. You should make sure you have a wireless speaker and listen to this amazing album in its entirety. If you're a true fan, you can’t go without listening to TBS without blasting their music out loud.

It doesn't seem too long ago that TBS performed right outside the ROCK N’ ROAR stage at the grand prix of Long Beach back in 2007. Lead singer, Adam Lazzara jumped around that stage, and making sure his audience enjoyed the entire performance including the bands top hit  “MakeDamnSure” off their third album, “Louder Now.” That experience was Taking Back Sunday, full throttle! The majority of iTunes listeners rated the album with five stars.

11 tracks later, nothing new from the majority of their albums holding just the same amount of tracks except for ‘Tell All Your Friends” which holds 10. There’s nothing like a Tuesday morning listening to a new TBS album.  “It Takes More” takes you into an almost mellow and Incubus type of song. I like this new side of TBS, but I can’t deny that I’m a sucker for “Flicker, Fade” that’s for sure.

After 15 years, they’ve come to prove that they’re not an “emo punk band,” but rather TBS brings back a cohesive and mature sound to remind you on why you should still love their music.  The album closes with a mellow “Nothing At All”. The title speaks for itself, so nice comeback, TBS!

You can find Taking Back Sunday alongside The Used on their sold-out U.S. tour. beginning tonight at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles at 6 p.m.