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Right from the opening song “MakeDamnSure,” it’s obvious that Taking Back Sunday have honed their live set to the point where they can play it acoustically without having to hide behind guitar distortion. Live from Orensanz is the Amityville, New York quintet’s second live album. And playing in the 150-year old synagogue that is Angel Orensanz Center (in New York’s Lower East Side) makes the opening organ notes on “New Again” sound more reverent than the studio take. The small string section added to “My Blue Heaven” adds another dimension to the tune, even if the driving tempo and rhythm aren’t much different than the original. With sing-along audience participation on “Set Phasers to Stun” and a flurry of enthusiastic applause following, it’s safe to say that Taking Back Sunday’s fans were truly appreciative of this intimate setting. “Cute Without the ‘E’ (Cut from the Team)” lets the crowd in on more fun as singer Adam Lazzara takes a back seat on the verses to let his fans perform the song à la Tom Petty’s live version of “Break Down.”

Customer Reviews

End of an Era for TBS

Everyone always says "John Nolan is the REAL Taking Back Sunday" and now most die hard fans have had their dream come true with the reunion of the Tell All Your Friends line-up (I too am very excited to see what the band does with this next record)...however, I have to say that now former-guitarist Matt Fazzi's contribution to TBS was enormous, and nowhere is this more evident than on this live album. Fred and John are both excellent singers, but in my opinion Fazzi surpasses them in vocal ability, so much so that I am surprised he did not have more parts aside from harmonies on 2009's New Again. Fazzi meshed with this band so well and put so much emotion into his performance that, when i hear this record, i forget he is not the original guitarist/vocalist of songs like "MakeDamnSure" and "Set Phasers to Stun". Lazzara delivers a unique performance, taking his vocal range to its limits, as well as acting as a sort of director for the band and the supporting musicians. High points off this record include the orchestral "Everything Must Go", the beautifully sung "Your Own Disaster", and the acoustic rendition of the classic "Cute Without the E". The departure of Fazzi and Rubano is a loss for TBS, however the return of Nolan and Cooper is bound to yield something different, yet equally substantial.

Check out TBS Live at Bamboozle 2009 for more awesome live recordings during the Fazzi era. Also, check out Fazzi and ex-TBS touring guitarist Isaac Bolivar in their new project Happy Body Slow Brain!

Well done.

Taking Back Sunday from an acoustic sounding standpoint, Bravo.
With Adam Lazarra's raw tone and amazing vocals, what Taking Back Sunday fan could not appreciate this.


Sounds sweet with the vocoder over Adam.
It's cool that they owned up to it that they used it
and didn't try to hide and be all insecure about it.
It sounds great with the songs and they did a great job
composing the songs into more acoustic reneditions.
5/5 album


Formed: November, 1999 in Amityville, NY

Genre: Alternative

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

Formed in 1999 in Amityville, New York, Taking Back Sunday 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 engineer...
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