Their second live album, Live from Orensanz, gives fans a different look at the band than they may be used to, stripping off the distorted guitars and studio polish with an acoustic set. Featuring the lineup from New Again, the album captures the band in a more intimate setting than their last live outing, trading the outdoor spectacle of the Bamboozle festival for the more contemplative Angel Orensanz Center, a 150-year old synagogue on New York’s Lower East Side. As a band that lives or dies on making an emotional connection with their listeners, Taking Back Sunday are able to really capitalize on the setting, connecting with their fans in a way that’s immediately apparent by the voracious applause and ubiquitous singalongs. The songs carry the same infectious momentum as they do in the studio, but the addition of violin and cello to songs like “My Blue Heaven” gives the song an almost cinematic drama. Live from Orensanz will be a welcome offering for Taking Back Sunday fans, allowing them to see favorites like “MakeDamnSure” in a different light with a live album that goes above and beyond fan service, delivering a unique performance that’s sure to please.
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AllMusic Review by Gregory Heaney