Taking Back Sunday - Happiness Is - 2014 EMO Pop Punk Indie Alt Rock LP
Taking Back Sunday - Happiness Is
Label: Hopeless Records HR791-1
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Standard pressing on heavyweight black vinyl; includes printed inner sleeve and download card for entire album in MP3 format.
Released: 18 Mar 2014
Style: Alternative Rock, Post-Punk EMO Pop Punk
A2 Flicker, Fade
A3 Stood A Chance
A4 All The Way
A5 Beat Up Car
A6 It Takes More
B1 They Don't Have Any Friends
B2 Better Homes And Gardens
B3 Like You Do
B4 We Were Younger Then
B5 Nothing At All
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Phonographic Copyright (p) Hopeless Records, Inc.
Produced At Rancho Recordo
Recorded At Rancho Recordo
Produced At Sapone Productions
Engineered At Sapone Productions
Mixed At Atomic Heart Studios
Mastered At Marcussen Mastering
Artwork Brian Manley
Band [Taking Back Sunday Is:] Adam Lazzara, Eddie Reyes, John Nolan (5), Mark O'Connell, Shaun Cooper
Booking Matt Galle, Sean Goulding
Cello Teddy Schumacher
Engineer Mike Sapone (tracks: A3, A5, B1 to B4)
Legal Scott Bradford (3)
Management Jillian Newman
Management [Business] Lynise Levin, Mai Pho, Michael Oppenheim, Sandy Cohen
Mastered By Stephen Marcussen, Stewart Whitmore
Mixed By Claudius Mittendorfer
Producer Marc Jacob Hudson* (tracks: A1, A2, A4, A5, B5), Mike Sapone (tracks: A3, A5, B1 to B4)
Producer [Additional Vocal], Recorded By [Additional] Ray Jeffrey (tracks: A1, A2, A4, A5, B5)
Producer [Assistance] Nathan Corgan (tracks: A1, A2, A4, A5, B5)
Recorded By Marc Jacob Hudson* (tracks: A1, A2, A4, A5, B5)
Violin, Violin [Electric] Dylan Ebrahimian
Written-By Taking Back Sunday
Tracks A1, A2, A4, A5, and B5 produced and recorded at Rancho Recordo in Fenton, Mi
Tracks A3, A5, and B1 to B4 produced and engineered at Sapone Productions, New York
Mixed at Atomic Heart Studio, NYC
Mastered at Marcussen Mastering, Hollywood, CA
© 2014 IWILLENDYOUINC (ASCAP)
2014 Hopeless Records, Inc.
Happiness Is is the sixth studio album by American rock band Taking Back Sunday, released on March 18, 2014 through Hopeless Records.
The album, produced by Marc Jacob Hudson and Mike Sapone, is the second consecutive album to feature the band's revived lineup of vocalist Adam Lazzara, guitarist/vocalist John Nolan, guitarist Eddie Reyes, bassist Shaun Cooper and drummer Mark O'Connell
Gregory Heaney rated the album four stars out of five, stating that the release "shows that they've honed their skills, creating a beautifully crafted, well-constructed album that feels like more than merely a collection of songs, but rather an album full of soaring builds and heartbreaking collapses that lends credence to the notion that the best things come to those who wait..
Thats not to say the band are stuck in nostalgia mode; judging by Lazzaras lyrics, TBS are very much constantly maturing, with the singer digging deeper than he ever has on the incredible album standout Better Homes And Gardens. Instead of trying to tell you what the song is about, Ill let Lazzara do the dirty work: When you took that ring off/I sat there stunned/Parked out in my car/Surprised by what youve done/The courage that mustve took left me utterly speechless/And though it came as no surprise, I still couldnt believe it. But Lazzaras not taking it lying down; he fires back in the songs bridge, crooning, So just go on/That house that you hate/That house that we bought/And failed to make/It was all for nothing/It was all a waste/And now youll never be happy. Brutal.
Along with Better Homes And Gardens, the records most memorable moments are its most aggressive ones: The minor-key Beat Up Car has small spurts of vocal tradeoffs between Lazzara and Nolan leading into a propulsive chorus that bounces between time signatures as a high-pitched guitar lead and deliberately uncomfortable vocal harmonies appear throughout. It segues nicely into the five-minute It Takes More, one of a number of ballads on Happiness Is, but easily the most memorable due to some haunting piano and an explosive final chorus at the three-minute mark that just keeps chugging, adding in new, interesting elements from howled backing vocals to what sounds like some guitar backmasking to a sound collage that is kindred spirits with the Beatles Revolution No. 9.