Taking Back Sunday - Happiness Is (Album Review)

Out with their sixth studio album, Taking Back Sunday are back on the scene, and in a big way. After reuniting the band officially for their self-titled last album, its good to hear that the band are on strong ground and all past issues are behind them, with the band focusing on Happiness Is both internally and musically.

The first single from Happiness Is is Flicker, Fade is a great introduction to TBS’ new musical perspective. In their so-called ‘wiser years’ the band are becoming softer, and a little more sensitive. There is some distinct emotion poured into the record, with tracks All The Way, We Were Stronger Then, and Nothing At All.

Happiness Is has a definably less Taking Back Sunday sound, an odd thing to say- them being TBS and all, but as a fan you will hear that. Its slightly calmer, less energy, and has fewer edges. There is the odd light at the end of the tunnel however, with rockin’ tracks like Like You Do, and They Don’t Have Any Friends.

Unquestionably worth a listen, but not their best album by far. Happiness Is is out now!


By Kimberley Bayliss

Kimberley is Vulture Hound's Live Editor and a Photographer.