Picks and Pans Review: Taking Back Sunday

updated 05/29/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/29/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Louder Now

ROCK

After two independent releases went gold, Taking Back Sunday unleashes its major-label debut. But anyone expecting the hardcore band to have gone soft will quickly find out otherwise, as they kick off with the rampaging assault of "What's It Feel Like to Be a Ghost?" with its ripping drums, two-guitar attack and frontman Adam Lazzara's emotive wail. The quintet keeps it cranked up for most of Louder Now, although the disc loses steam in the second half. At least the dreamy ballad "Divine Intervention" shows how effective they can be when they turn the decibels down.
[stars 2.5]

DOWNLOAD THIS: "What's It Feel Like to Be a Ghost?"

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