Taking Back Sunday are celebrating their 20th anniversary with Twenty, a freshly released compilation album featuring classics from the group’s two-decades-long career, such as “Cute Without the E (Cut From the Team” and “Everything Must Go.” It also includes a new heart-wrenching bonus track, “A Song for Dan.”
The song, which closes the record, is an emotional, five-minute-long piano ballad that pays homage to a close friend of the band, who died in 2016. “He taught Mark [O’Connell] and I a ton about songwriting and guitar playing,” bassist Shaun Cooper explained to Rolling Stone. “After he passed, Mark was inspired and spent about a year working on the musical arrangement of the song.”
“You’re too far gone to know where to go / And I know you’re not coming home,” Adam Lazzara belts on the chorus, his trademark husky vocals filled with pain and grief. “A Song for Dan” is a heartbreaking recount on the loss of a loved one and learning how to move on.
Twenty is out now on Craft Recordings. Listen to “A Song for Dan” below: