But now, two albums later, previous saving grace Mascherino has left the band. His leaving prompted the original saving-grace arrival to Taking Back Sunday, that of Adam Lazzara, originally the band's bassist and backing vocalist.
After that first EP, when Longo left the band, Lazzara switched to lead vocals and Nolan took the backing vocal role.
For the third time in four albums, they've had a major lineup change, and just as in previous cases, I was worried that this change would ruin their sound.
Previously, after their excellent first album, "Tell All Your Friends," a rift between main vocalist Adam Lazzara and guitarist/second vocalist John Nolan led Noland and bassist Shaun Cooper to quit and start their own group, Straylight Run.
For the loyal fan, there is plenty of the sound that grabbed your attention on the first album.Internet rumors led me to think that Nolan was the injured party in the split, and that Lazzara was the one who acted like a dick and caused the whole thing. After all, on their out of print and little-heard self-titled debut EP, their lineup had been completely different even from that of "Tell All Your Friends." Original vocalist Antonio Longo sang on that EP, and on the first of two sessions, the backing vocalist role had been filled by bassist Jesse Lacey.And you can read all about my feelings at the time by scrolling all the way back to this blog's very first post, from five years ago. Anyway, Nolan's essential role in the band was filled by former Breaking Pangaea guitarist Fred Mascherino, and TBS went on to make what is still my favorite album by them, "Where You Want To Be." So at least in that case, I needn't have worried. If you think you recognize that name, you're right--he left TBS after recording only two songs with them in order to front the band Brand New, with whom he's had a successful career that lasts even to this very day.The most obvious tie-in, of course, would be the notion of current as the movement of the ocean's water - an idea reinforced by the nautically-themed cover art, song titles like "Drink the Water" and "Blue Fish," and the wording of cuts such as "Wicked Child," which manages to name-check none other than the mythical king of the sea, Poseidon, himself.The more likely application, though, lies in the definition of the word current as that which is reflective of the present day.
Songs like "The Real World," "Find Me Here," "Wicked Child" and "Wonder English" truly contain those whimsical elements from the band's debut.