Review: ‘Faith (When I Let You Down)’

On April 29, Taking Back Sunday released its latest EP which is a preview of what is to come on its new album. The new album entitled “Taking Back Sunday” has a release date of June 28. The songs included on the EP are “Faith (When I Let You Down),” “El Paso” and a redone release of (acoustic, live) “Great Romances of the 20th Century.”

For those of you who are familiar with TBS, the album is a refresher back to the days of “Tell All Your Friends.” The band has been stripped down and returned to its original line-up: the line-up that wrote “Tell All Your Friends,” and then called it quits. Anyone who is not familiar with the band, the band now has a straight alternative sound with some peppy, positive new lyrics about its past, and how it brought them all back together.

“Faith,” the album’s opening song, is a mix of melodic guitars, clean breakdowns, crisp and articulate lyrics, and an overwhelming intro. The song’s lyrics are about losing faith in someone, which can partially show the break up and reformation of the band and their faith in each other.

“You might lose your faith in science. You might lose faith in wealth. You might lose your faith in Jesus, or lose faith in yourself… Just, please, please, don’t lose your faith in me,” are the most memorable lyrics associated with “Faith” and pretty much sum up the song.

“El Paso” was released on the band’s website a few months ago. The vocals throughout are very powerful and have a lot of emotion contained in them. Taking Back Sunday is really taking its time and perfecting this one. It is nice to see a band focus on getting the sound in each song perfect because that is what this song is. It is catchy, has a good meaning and is very emotionally powerful.

The last song on the album is an acoustic remake of one of the band’s old songs. The song is wonderful, but I would pass on the recording. The instruments are beautiful throughout, but the vocals are severely lacking. They are not bad by any means, but you can tell this is a live recording. The worst part is hearing the “pops” of p’s and other harsh letters come through the microphone. I guess they forgot their pop filters for this song. Other than those pops, it is decent and does have some very beautiful parts.

The album is good, but it is not worth buying now. Wait until the new record actually comes out, and just buy that. All you would be missing out on is a lackluster recording of “Great Romances of the 20th Century.”