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In 2011, Taking Back Sunday released their self-titled fifth album, the first to feature the original lineup of the band since 2002's seminal Tell All Your Friends. Celebrated by fans, Taking Back Sunday proved that the old lineup still packed a punch. What Happiness Is proves is that they're not done maturing artistically. Here, the band dial down the pop-punk snarl and fill the gap with hefty hooks and smart arrangements. The soaring single "Flicker Fade" features a string section; "It Takes More" is a pensive ballad kicked off by distant pianos and concluded by a lonely violin. The band's lyrics have grown up, too: "Better Homes and Gardens" tells the story of a doomed marriage, with Adam Lazzara concluding emphatically, "It was all for nothing/It was all a waste." Most tellingly, the closer, "Nothing At All," sounds more like Coldplay than anything released by TBS' erstwhile Warped Tour colleagues.

Customer Reviews

Passion & Depth

For eight (8) years now I've kept TBS in my headphones, car speakers, & stereo. I'm 28 now and when I listen to their songs it's a therapy session, a one night stand, an ex girl friend, it's the first date I had with my wife. Now married with a daughter I've matured and grown with these guys. Flicker Fade is the next chapter bringing all the history depth and passion a fan could ask for.
My deepest gratitude and appreciation for another chapter. My kids will grow up knowing your music l! ,)
San Diego


Glad they keep going. Proud Fan.

Fade, Flicker

Song sounds great! Hope the rest of the album follows suit. I haven't enjoyed their most recent stuff as much.


Formed: November, 1999 in Amityville, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed in 1999 in Amityville, New York, Taking Back Sunday have modeled their interpretation of melodic hardcore after bands like Lifetime, Endpoint, and Sunny Day Real Estate, as well as guitarist Ed Reyes' emo outfit the Movielife. After the release of a five-song demo and a year's worth of touring (including shows with At the Drive-In and Alkaline Trio), Taking Back Sunday signed to Victory Records and entered New Jersey's Big Blue Meanie Recording Studios alongside producer Sal Villanueva and...
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