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Taking Back Sunday are a band who truly need no introduction. Since forming in Long Island in 1999, the group have sold millions of albums, evolved from a scrappy punk act into seasoned songwriters and continued to forge a successful career. That spirit of resilience and innovation is dripping all over the band's sixth full-length Happiness Is (which is also their first release for ... Read more in Amazon's Taking Back Sunday Store

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  • Audio CD (17 Mar. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hopeless
  • ASIN: B00HULTSV4
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,836 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Preface
2. Flicker, Fade
3. Stood A Chance
4. All The Way
5. Beat Up Car
6. It Takes More
7. They Don't Have Any Friends
8. Better Homes And Gardens
9. Like You Do
10. We Were Younger Then
11. Nothing At All

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Written over a year period with no involvement from a record label for the first time since their legendary 2002 debut, 'Tell All Your Friends', 'Happiness Is' sees the band expanding their musical palette and stretching out sonically in ways they’ve never done before by utilizing both producer’s, Hudson and Sapone, strengths. “Through this process we had many more shared experiences as adults that have come into play. We had near death experiences purely from the force of nature, common enemies, playing for the troops who protect us against a different kind of enemy and that led to seeing parts of the world that you would never in your lifetime expect to see and leave you a bit haunted. There is a new level of honesty both in the writing and working with two producers who we have known for so long,” says Shaun Cooper.

“I tried to be a little more loose; I was more focused on being myself than trying to sound perfect or anything,” Lazzara responds when asked how he approached Happiness Is. “We also played around a lot with arranging the harmonies and playing with layers and I think that makes these songs a lot more rich.” Correspondingly songs like “Stood A Chance” alternate between melodic moments and moody breakdowns in a way that’s so seamless that you’ll hardly notice its happening until its all over, while “Better Homes And Gardens” sounds like catharsis set to a driving drumbeat. The band also clearly weren’t afraid to let these songs truly take on their own spirit as evidenced by the ambient ballad “It Takes More,” which started out as an upbeat rocker before becoming the atmospheric masterpiece that it evolved into.

Fans of Taking Back Sunday will also rejoice at the fact that Happiness Is sees the band’s enigmatic frontman at his most personal. “Through the years I’ve tried to stay pretty cryptic because often times it’s easier not to have to explain yourself but on this record I was very direct in the sense I tried to use the simplest way to get an idea across,” Lazzara explains. “In the past I don’t think I ever would have let a song like ‘Like You Do’ go on an album because it’s so heartfelt in a simple way and I also think it’s actually one of the first love songs we’ve ever written.”

Ultimately this search for meaning and pursuit of progress lies at the core of why the band has managed to retain a fervent fanbase over the years and survive numerous passing trends. But it’s also important to note that none of the band members take any part of this experience for granted. “A band is always going to think their newest work is their best, but for me personally, there are several songs on ‘Happiness Is’ that continue to give me chills each and every time I hear them. I could not be more proud of what we have accomplished with this record and I cannot wait to share it with the world,” says Cooper. “In the past when we were on a major label there would be A&R people giving us suggestions but with this album it was just us pushing ourselves,” Lazzara summarizes, sounding even more hopeful than he did over a decade ago. “There is no question to me that Happiness Is is the best unfiltered representation of what happens when the five of us get in a room together and that makes me really happy.” Nolan confirms this sentiment by adding, “This album really is a testament to each of the member’s talents because it’s just all us.”

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By adele1962cat on 2 Jun. 2014
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Love this Band and this album does not disappoint. Would recommend this and if you havent listened to any Taking Back Sunday albums this is a good place to start
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Got in quickly, wasn't damaged, it was what I asked for, by which I mean it was Taking Back Sundays latest album. Champion service.
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By Altrocket on 22 April 2014
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Awesome - it took a few listens to appreciate the album as it's not in a similar vein to Where You Want To Be/Louder Now - obviously with line up changes it wouldn't! However, it's a great progression from the self titled album. There's lots of chunky bass riffs, and some typical TBS vocal swaps. Stand out tracks are Flicker, Fade, Stood A Chance and It Takes More. Although after a few listens they're all quality tracks if you're a die hard TBS fan.
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By Baz on 12 Dec. 2014
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Totally Awesome again, love this album. Can't wait for more from this band.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JEL on 17 Dec. 2014
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This arrived quickly but was disappointed that it was not in a proper CD case (it is in one of those cardboard cases). I did not see this anywhere in the item description and, as it is for a Christmas present, would not have ordered this particular one if I had realised.
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