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|Science Fiction Ranked|
The inevitable AOTY ranked according to the site's biggest fanboy.
"In The Water" - The combination of the sprawling, flowing feel and western guitar licks drive this track. Jesse's chorus just sounds so liberating and relieved, as if the weight of the world has just been lifted off his shoulders. The build to the impressive electric guitar solo is one of the best things this band has ever done. The creepy throwback to the Daisy title track (Just As I Am spoken verse) is the cherry on top. Overall a top 5 Brand New song. (5.0 / 5.0)
"Same Logic/Teeth" - This is like the best of both Brand New's - you get the twangy, Modest-Mouse like vocals in the majority of the verses, and the over-the-top, angry screaming Lacey of TDAG's most intense moments in the latter choruses. The way the acoustic guitars keep on picking away even amidst the fiery, coarse screams is a subtle stroke of genius, as is the way the song returns to a harmonic vocal bit before the end. If the "bottom of the ocean" vocals ruin this song for you then you're probably the type of person who doesn't tip their waitress because there was a piece of dirt on the handle of the salad fork. (4.7 / 5.0)
"Lit Me Up" - Easily the most unsettling song in the band's catalog, and I mean that in a good way. Honestly I could just listen to a 6 minute track of the opening therapy dialogue. The "burn like a witch in a puritan town" and "when I grow up, I want to be a heretic" lines are among the best on the album. Such a great slow-burner, and a very bold move to open the album with it. (4.5 / 5.0).
"137" - In the wake of all this N.Korea shit, this track hits unnervingly close to home. "Let's all go play Nagasaki / we can all get vaporized"...fuck. The guitar solo towards the end just sounds like nuclear fallout. It's like Brand New's version of mewithoutYou's 'Ranbow Sings', and anyone who has heard that song realizes just what a hefty compliment that actually is. (4.5 / 5.0)
"Can't Get It Out" - The lost Deja magahit. This song just feels like it was ripped straight from the era of emo-pop rockers, like it could have been on NHL 2004 along with 'The Quiet Things.' The part when he shouts "I'm just a manic depressive" in the chorus gives me chills. (4.4 / 5.0)
"451" - I don't care what anyone says, this is an amazing song. If the above song was the lost Deja tune, then this is the best Daisy song that never saw the light of day until now. It's tons of fun, upbeat, angry, and catchy as fucking fuck. A great "last hurrah" to go out on (it's the penultimate song preceding Batter Up) and you can tell Jesse and company enjoyed writing this one. Gonna kill in a live setting. (4.4 / 5.0)
"Batter Up" - A fully matured 'Soco Amaretto Lime', this was the best song to end the record and Brand New's career. It's unspectacular but gorgeous, and the lyrics hit you right in the feels if you've followed the band for their entire career. "It's never gonna stop / batter up...". (4.3 / 5.0)
"Desert" - The high pitched vocal call backs here are awesome and make this so, so fun to sing along to. The lyrics are from the perspective of a bigoted man convinced the end of the world is at hand, and regardless of your viewpoint it's an interesting take. (4.2 / 5.0)
"Out of Mana" - Probably deserves to go higher than this, but oh well. The way the electric riffs keep on searing away in the background of pretty much this entire song is awesome. The beautifully harmonized, stutter-stepping vocals are awesome too. Oh god I forgot about the little acoustic ditty at the end; that totally should have been a fully fleshed out song it's so good. (4.2 / 5.0)
"Waste" - One of the most memorable songs on the album even if it's fairly basic/straightforward. The "every night you were tripping out" part is pretty much unforgettable, as are the implications of the line "don't lose hope, this is the last one." This ranks near the bottom of this album just because of how good the whole thing is...for any other indie-rock band this would probably be an album highlight. (4.1 / 5.0)
"Could Never Be Heaven" - This started out as my least favorite track but eventually leapfrogged 'No Control.' It's very bare-bones, but the whole Paul Simon thing he has going on here is stunning. The lyrical analogy to slowly sinking underwater into an old, sunken old mining town is oddly alluring for some reason. (3.9 / 5.0)
"No Control" - This has been getting the most negative feedback so far, and it's probably justified. It's actually not a bad song, just sort of straightforward and formulaic. It doesn't go in as many directions as it could have - like they could have had it launch fully into the mini-punk song they tacked on at the end instead of having that part just die out. The laughter at the end is the stuff nightmares are made of. Track reminds me a lot of Bed in the sense that it's kind of just there. It's a good song but lower on this particular band's range of creativity. (3.6 / 5.0)
|Do you know how hard it is to listen to other new music when this is out?|
|ƎVOLVE > Science Fiction|
|Also, 451 is easily the album's highlight, even a stubborn ass like me can see it.|
|you could listen to new PVRIS Sowing|
|Out of Mana at #9 :(|
my top 5 is the same but Out of Mana knocks out Can't Get it Out, agree No Control is worst, Could Never Be Heaven would be higher for me as well
so...9, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 11, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12
In the Water
Out of Mana
Lit Me Up
Can't Get It Out
Could Never Be Heaven
|Totally agree with your Top 5, "Desert" and "Waste" would be my next 2 though. Great song descriptions btw |
|7, 4, 3, 9, 8, 1, 5, 2, 10, 12, 11, 6|
Brand New always has to have that one song that kills the atmosphere of the whole album to make it one step from being a classic (Not the Sun, 451), but who cares; it's a fantastic album so I'm completely satisfied.
|Accidental repost was here.|
|Thought this was going to be about actual science fiction and got excited for a sec.|
Can't Get It Out is prob my fave.
|137 > Batter Up > Could Never Be Heaven > 451 > Waste > Lit Me Up > In The Water > Can't Get It Out > Same Logic/Teeth > Desert > Out of Mana >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> No Control|
|dammit this cant be the end, i need more from these guys. who's gonna give me the feels now? 10/10 album, Waste is my number 1 probably.|
|1. Blade Runner|
...open goal, too easy, etc
|dw we'll have a reunion tour as soon as one of the guys not named jesse lacey runs out of money|
|plus for overwrought shitty emo we still got taking back sunday|
|ugh such a clickbait|
and I was just thinking about reading first two Hyperion books again, probably my favorite piece of literature ever
|I love those two. Currently reading Too Like the Lightning and really liking it, too.|
|12, 6, and 7 should be higher, 5 is way too high|
Good shit tho :)
|I was just thinking of doing this for Gang of Youths|
|Batter Up is finally growing on me so that's cool. I just wish the chorus was...good. |
I think you're overselling In The Water. It's a great song but you can't look me in the eye with a straight face and say it is in the same realm as songs like Limousine, Degausser, Noro, and Play Crack The Sky.
The only two I see making my top 15 are 451 and Same Logic/Teeth.