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Ranking Every Brand New Song (with Descriptions)

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49Brand New
Daisy


"Be Gone" - So, let's kick off this list with the interludes. There's three of them, and "Be Gone" is easily the weakest. The acoustic riff is pretty nice and helps to set the mood, especially coming after "You Stole", but then the "vocals" come in and they're just too odd and unusual to enjoy. The effects done on it make it more unpleasant to listen to compared to "Untitled", and it's the main reason why it's ranked at the bottom (pun so intended). It's only a minute and a half long, but it can be a chore to listen to.
48Brand New
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me


"Untitled" - This does everything right that "Be Gone" did wrong. The guitarwork is more ethereal and atmospheric, and the vocal samples just add to the feel of the song. Repeatedly mumbling something that resembles "I can never miss it", the rhythm in which it does so helps set a steadier tempo to the tune. It's very pleasant to listen to and bridges the gap between "Luca" and "Archers" pretty well.
47Brand New
Deja Entendu


"Tautou" - If anything, this feels less like a simple intro to the album and more like an actual song than the two interludes already talked about. The problem is, though, that it isn't an actual song, and because of that it feels a little underdeveloped. Clocking in at only one minute and forty-two seconds, "Tautou" serves its purpose well as a brief introduction, but maybe it could have served a better purpose if it was
expanded on a bit more. It's very calming and peaceful, with Lacey singing "I'm sinking like a stone in the sea, I'm burning like a bridge for your body" over and over again on top of a mellow strum and drumbeat.
46Brand New
Your Favorite Weapon


"Magazines" - Brand New has never made an actual song that I can call "bad". However, there are some that are a bit lacking when compared
to their masterpieces, and Your Favorite Weapon houses a lot of them. "Magazines" lacks a catchy hook or any sense of spark to make it memorable at all. Lyrically, it's about masturbation. Yay. And not even the pleasurable kind, but the kind that happens after a breakup and just reminds you of how lonely you are that you need to resort to your right hand to get off. It also shows its age: after all, who wacks it off to
magazines anymore? The fact that "Soco Amaretto Lime" comes right after probably doesn't help matters either.
45Brand New
Your Favorite Weapon


"Secondary" - Another late Your Favorite Weapon clunker, this precedes "Magazines" and is only slightly better. It's still pretty boring and
unmemorable for Brand New standards, but it's got a bit more going for it than Jesse Lacey's edition of "Longview". The verses are a bit better,
but there's still no real hook to it. The placement of "Secondary" and "Magazines" back to back is a bit of a momentum killer. Luckily, what
comes after manages to save the day...
44Brand New
Daisy


"Bed" - Daisy kicks off with the eardrum-shattering, absolutely brutal "Vices". An unabashed display of pure fire and flames, it kicks everything
off so nicely. The problem is what succeeds it is a little bit less than impressive. Of all the soft songs on Daisy, "Bed" easily stands out the
worst. It just feels kind of lifeless and dull, and that chorus is nothing more than "laid her on the bed, laid her on the bed, laid on her the bed"
over and over again. It's not catchy, it's not emotional, it's just there. The instrumentation is kind of nice, but the vocals are just bland
especially for Jesse's standards. And some of these lyrics, oh boy. "My head is lead, I don't ever wanna go to bed"? Come on now.
43Brand New
Deja Entendu


"Jaws Theme Swimming" - Deja Entendu is an incredible album, that goes without saying. But even the best of albums have their flaws, and
Deja's comes in the form of this song. Out of all its twelve tracks, this is the one that has had the least effect on me. The lyrics are pretty nice,
I do admit, but musically it's just not very memorable. That chorus just fails to leave any impression on me at all, and without a doubt it's the
weakest song on Deja. It's not bad, it's just pretty uninteresting and a bit of a bore.
42Brand New
Your Favorite Weapon


"Sudden Death in Carolina" - From this point on, all these songs are ones that I enjoy to an extent. Much of Your Favorite Weapon is standard
pop-punk, but Brand New knew how to do the genre well. Tracks like "Logan to Government Center" and "Seventy Times 7" are just some
examples of that. This track opens up with one of the album's most well-known lines, "Last night I swallowed liquor and a lighter, and this
morning I threw up fire", and from there it grows into an energetic track with a chorus that just doesn't compare to the verses. It's nothing
special, but it is one that I would repeatedly listen to.
41Brand New
Daisy


"In a Jar" - Stones in your eyes, stones in your eyes. Daisy's penultimate track is honestly one that could have been great, but certain things
about it hinder it from reaching its full potential. This plays off the soft-loud dynamic that Brand New use a lot on their last two albums, but "In
a Jar"'s in just so ineffective. That whole first verse, with all the "stones in your [body part]" is just annoying. Come on man, how many times
do you got to say that? And what does it even mean? That burst of energy in the chorus is enough to save it from being worse than "Bed", but
it's still far from Daisy's best. The dynamic aspect of the song could have played a lot better with an improved verse.
40Brand New and Safety In Numbers
Split


"Moshi Moshi" - Yay for B-sides! Their oft-overlooked split with Safety in Numbers contained 2 songs, this and their cover of Love Spit Love's
"Am I Wrong" (side note: no, that was not considered in the ranking). It's a decent enough song, and sports a heavy Weezer influence with
the instrumentation sounding like something off of the Blue Album. The lyrics are kinda cliche ("If I kissed your neck, would you slit my
throat?") and Jesse's vocals can sound a little dull at times, but it's good for what it is. There are some nice harmonies between Jesse and
guitarist Vinnie Accardi as well, and there's one line ("Dream in Japanese, dream in Japanese, some language I don't even know how to
speak") which is often misheard as "I'm like bitch, I don't even know how to speak". Personally, I haven't heard it that clearly enough. It's a
fun little two-and-a-half-minute ditty that serves its purpose as a B-side.
39Brand New
Your Favorite Weapon


"Failure By Design" - From here on out, most of the songs that go out around this range are ones that I enjoy, just to not to the same extent
as Brand New's best work. That perfectly describes "Failure By Design", which is a pretty nice song. There are just songs from Your Favorite
Weapon done in a similar style and done better. The best part about this song is the chorus, which, let's admit, goes pretty hard. "This is a
lesson in procrastination, I kill myself because I'm so frustrated" is just such a great line to shout out during times of anger, and the
background vocals mesh in really well with Lacey's. The delivery in the verses, however, are just a bit too 'goofy', for lack of a better word.
It's a great song that's representative of Brand New's sound during the YFW era, but there are others that do the same better.
38Brand New
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me


"Welcome to Bangkok" - Ugh, it hurts to do this. Bridging the gap between the first and second halves of The Devil and God Are Raging Inside
Me is this three-minute interlude that does its job really well. Following the "Space cadet, pull out" comes an acoustic section that helps set
the mood. Everything builds, and that moment when the band suddenly comes in is just wonderful. Jesse lays down some maniacally
sounding screams in the background towards the end, and the riff that gets played over this is another reason why this song is so great. By
the end, "Welcome to Bangkok" is a completely different beast than it was when it began. It's a great interlude, and the way it leads into "Not
the Sun" flows pretty well.
37Brand New
Your Favorite Weapon


"The Shower Scene" - So, we're back at Your Favorite Weapon again. Like I said before, there's essentially three tiers of songs on the album:
the really awesome pop-punk jams, the just alright ones and the "meh" ones. The album's opener falls into the "just alright" category. It's
peppy and energetic, but that's about it. I really enjoy Lacey's vocals on this, and the lyrics are fine as well. It just doesn't impress me as much
as some of the album's highlights.
36Brand New
Deja Entendu


"Me vs. Maradona vs. Elvis" - Another pick that I suppose might raise some eyebrows, I've always held the opinion that the second half of
Deja Entendu isn't as good as the first half. "Jaws Theme Swimming" is a main reason why, and so is this song. I like this a lot better than I
do "Jaws Theme Swimming", but it doesn't hold up to all the other greatness Deja has to offer. These two songs have always stood out to me
as Deja's worst, with this one better than Jaws. Jesse's low, at times plain vocals help complement the lyrics about being a sleazy dick who
enjoys taking advantage of drunken women, and lines like "My tongue will taste of gin and malicious intent" are amplified a lot due to his
indifferent tone he uses in his voice. Unfortunately, while it ties in nice with the lyrics, it's not particularly interesting. The song's last minute
should be the best part since there's more energy to you, but it comes out of nowhere without any sort of build. I do like "Me vs. Maradona
vs
35Brand New
Daisy


"Gasoline" - Normally, I love it when bands show their heavier side. Letting loose, getting some good screams out and just rockin' the whole
place usually leads to good results. The energy behind "Gasoline" is what drives the song, and when I saw them live, they opened the show
with this. Needless to say, the crowd wasn't very pumped up (because it was DAISY!). Jesse's vocals during the verses are amazing,
screaming his little heart out about gasoline and vaccines, but what lets the song down are its lyrics. Daisy gets a lot of flack for its stupid
lyrics, and this is one main example. Aside from that, another thing that holds it back is the chorus. While Jesse is tearing up the joint, his
vocals seem a bit flat and off whenever he cries out, "I swear it's like DYING" or "It feels like I'm TRYING". Aside from those two nitpicks,
it's a great song with lots of fire to fuel it (hooray for puns).
34 Brand New
Sowing Season


"aloC-acoC" - Yay for more B-sides! More specifically, this was the B-side to the "Sowing Season" single, and was actually the original version
of "Untitled 03" from Fight Off Your Demons, so that collection's getting on here somehow. That's right, it's essentially the demo of a demo.
Side note: I had the privilege of seeing Brand New play "Untitled 03" live, only the 8th time they've ever played it. Anyways, "aloC-acoC"
features something that doesn't get shown a lot in Brand New songs, which is Jesse alone with his guitar. It's stripped down, and thus Jesse's
vocals really shine through with emotion, and that chorus is just full of heart and sadness as he cries, "If it's by sea, I don't want to know / If
we all don't take cover, we're all gonna fall back in love again", and it all just resonates so well. The fact that only Jesse stands at the mic
while singing this adds a new layer of intimacy which in turn, makes it feel more genuine and heartfelt.
33Brand New
Your Favorite Weapon


"Logan to Government Center" - At this point in the list, it becomes hard to separate each song from each other because, let's face it, they're
all great from here on out. There's lots to be enjoyed, especially with this cut from Your Favorite Weapon, which becomes the sixth song to
go out at this point. Reaching the halfway point for the album, it seems that lots of tracks from it went out early, but that's only in
comparison to the rest of Brand New's work. I like this song, I like it a lot, but in the end they wrote 32 songs better. Anyways, it's time for
a true story. I went to Boston a few years back, and when I rode the subway, I had to get off at Government Center and it was then I
realized what the title of this song was referring to. The song itself is too good to overlook, even if it's only the 7th best song on Your
Favorite Weapon. The first verse is one of the greatest on the album, and when Jesse cries out "Do you still consider me the boy you laughed
with or that y
32Brand New
Daisy


"You Stole" - Typically, the longer songs of a band rank amongst their best. Track five off of Daisy is Brand New's fourth longest track (third
if we discount the opera outro to "Noro"), yet it ranks as their 32nd best song. Why is this? It's a relatively slow builder, and there's a
haunting atmosphere to it, with Jesse's low singing and the background vocals combined with the guitarwork all help create a sinister mood to
the song. Three minutes in, there's a loud section with lots of distortion and heavier riffs, but after that it just reverts back to the quiet verse
one more time before breaking out into the loud part again. I feel as if the song would be improved if the band just kept building onto the
loud section and take it straight from there without going back to the quiet part again, because the use of dynamic would have been better
utilized. All in all, it's a great song, but a few tweaks could have made it better.
31Brand New
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me


"Handcuffs" - Brand New really do have a knack for ending most of their albums with a soft, acoustic number, and the closing track to The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me is still one of their most controversial songs. Many love it, many hate it, and it's one of the most divisive songs in the band's discography. Personally, while I like it, it's one of the album's weakest songs (although that's more a testament to the album's legendary status than this track's flaws). The best part about it is how it builds; it starts with just Jesse on his acoustic guitar before the band comes in and strings are added in. The climax comes in the bridge, when Jesse cries, "You can try and be way up", repeating the line over and over again as the rest of the instruments keep building. Everything comes to a quick stop after that, but that brief moment is what makes the song worth listening to. The lyrics, penned by Vin Accardi, have been its biggest criticism, with lines about drowning babies an
30Brand New
Your Favorite Weapon


"Last Chance to Lose Your Keys" - Barely squeezing into the top 30 is one of my favorite songs off of Your Favorite Weapon. The whole track
is so addictive and energetic, and it's one of the best examples of the pop-punk sound exhibited on Brand New's debut. Jesse's vocals on this
are amazing, especially on the opening line "I cashed in all my chips tonight and combed my hair till it was just right". The chorus is one of
the best on the album; it's catchy, it's quotable and it's just a hell of a lot fun to listen to. It'd be in the top 3-4 of Your Favorite Weapon if it
weren't for a few things - the lyrics (which are a bit elementary) and the overly repetitious "this isn't high school" (which is fine for the bridge, but when it starts to overlap with the final repetition of the chorus, it gets kind of annoying).
29Brand New
Daisy


"Bought a Bride" - Some songs just grow on you. During my first listen of Daisy, this was one of the songs that I was indifferent about, similar to "Bed" and "In a Jar". However, upon further listens, "Bought a Bride" is a lot better than that. Jesse Lacey's vocal performance on this song is amazing, and when he starts screaming on the second verse, the nonsensical lyrics can be forgiven. Instrumentally, Vin Accardi's guitarwork on "Bought a Bride" ranks amongst one of his best performances on Daisy, and the whole song has just the right amount of fire to make it stand out.
28Brand New
Daisy


"Daisy" - On the other hand, here's a song from Daisy that thrives on its minimalism instead of its energy. Recently being the target of controversy over allegations that Seether copied the track's melody for their song "Nobody Praying For Me" (after all, Shaun Morgan did say Daisy was in his top 5 albums of all time), the title cut to Brand New's fourth record stands out because of Lacey's emotional vocal performance as he relays a list of metaphors about uselessness and isolation, among those being dried rivers and a cold sun. As it builds, the layers of vocals and routinely timed drumbeats are added in. The sheer depth of "Daisy" is what makes it one of the highlights on the album it was named after.
27Brand New
Your Favorite Weapon


"Jude Law and a Semester Abroad" - One of the most popular songs off of Your Favorite Weapon, the album's lead and only single stands as one of the catchiest and most infectious songs on Brand New's debut. A perfect example of the band perfecting their pop-punk stylings, that chorus of "Tell all the English boys you meet about the American boy back in the states" is just explosive and filled with angst and contempt. Jesse's dark charming lyricism is also highlighted, with that line about being disappointed in her death if her body doesn't burn or drown in the ocean serving as one of the best middle fingers in their discography.
26Brand New
Daisy


"Sink" - Another song driven by fire, this song's chorus is one of the highlights of the entire Daisy album. Come on, tell me that Jesse screaming, "If you call, then I'm coming to get you!" at the top of his lungs doesn't just blow you away. Overall, Lacey's vocals are definitely the best part about this track, with enough energy and anger to fuel the song, even if it can be a bit iffy lyrically in some patches.
25Brand New
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me


"Not the Sun" - We're smack dab right in the middle of the list, with this serving as the border between Brand New's upper half and bottom half in terms of song quality. Of course, all of this is really close and it's not like the bottom half is much worse than the top half, save for some extreme occasions. "Not the Sun" is the shortest non-instrumental on TDAGARIM, but what it does in its barely-over-three minute runtime is nothing short of amazing. Sure, it may be the simplest song on the album, but simple can work. "Not the Sun" is such an explosive track that features some of Brian Lane's best drumming, driving the verses and leading the way for the chorus. Instrumentally, it couldn't be any better, as all the instruments work together to create one of the heaviest hooks on the album, but lyrically it's a bit repetitive. Things slow down for the bridge, and the use of tempo change is so effective that the lush atmosphere to the bridge juxtaposed with the fiery hook transitions well
24Brand New
Deja Entendu


"Guernica" - Well, we haven't seen a song dropped from Deja Entendu in quite a while. Although I still stand by my previous statement that the second half of the album isn't as great as its first, "Guernica" makes a good argument for the former. Taking its title from a Picasso painting, the track utilizes the quiet-loud dynamic so well. Whether it's the bridge that features two vocal layers, one with Jesse screaming and the other with him calmly mumbling or the way he whispers "Is this the way a toy feels when its batteries run dry?" before breaking into one of the catchiest choruses on Deja.
23Brand New
Your Favorite Weapon


"Mix Tape" - Inspired by what is known as the "Long Island emo soap opera", the falling out between Jesse Lacey and John Nolan was documented through multiple tracks, one of the most prominent being this cut from Your Favorite Weapons. With lyrics that would later be stolen for use in Taking Back Sunday's "There's No 'I' in Team", the track is a nice break from pop-punk, and Lacey manages to keep his Morrissey worship in check while crying, "I'm sick of your tattoos and the way you don't appreciate Brand New!". The angry, spiteful tune becomes more pensive with its slow tempo, but fiery lines like,"When I said let's keep in touch, I really mean I wish that you'd grow up" are the backbone behind this song. That twenty-dollar bill he bet must have kept on going around.
22Brand New
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me


"Luca" - That moment four minutes into the song when everything fades into the background except for Jesse's whispered vocals only to get cranked up to eleven a split second later is not the best part about this song. It's crazy to think, I know. Yeah, the awesomeness of the loud wall of sound cannot be denied, and "Luca" is a track that prides itself on its build, but to me there's something better about it. For the first 80% of the song, "Luca" showcases the more vulnerable side to Lacey, with lyrics inspired by Luca Brasi from The Godfather. The emotion in his voice when he says, "So touch me or don't... just let me know where you've been" is perfectly complemented by the flawlessly timed instrumental section. The whole atmosphere to the track is chill but intense at the same time, like something's going to fall at any moment. And when it does, "Luca" remains from the rubble stronger than it was in the past.
21Brand New
Deja Entendu


"Sic Transit Gloria... Glory Fades" - Just missing the Top 20 is perhaps one of Brand New's most well-known tracks, the song that gets everyone singing along live. The quintessential virginity loss anthem tells the story of a role reversal; it's not the girl who's pressured to give it away. Personally, this was my introduction to Brand New; although technically it wasn't the first song I heard from them (more on that later), this was the first time I consciously loved a track from a band who would soon blossom into one of my favorites. I was listening to the radio on last.fm, and this song came out. The funky bassline and Jesse's vocals drew me in, and instead of pressing the skip button, I stayed in because of the "DIE YOUNG AND SAVE YOURSELF!", because of the "Up the stairs, the station where...". No, "Sic Transit Gloria" isn't Brand New's best, but personally it means a lot to me, plus it's just a great song anyways.
20Brand New
Deja Entendu


"Good to Know If I Ever Need Attention All I Have to Do is Die" - Taking the crown for longest Brand New song title, the penultimate track on Deja Entendu clocks in at just over seven minutes, which is the second longest behind Limousine. As I mentioned earlier, while some band's best songs manage to be their best, "Good to Know That If I Ever Need Attention..." doesn't quite rank up there, although there's no denying it's a great song still. The main drawback to it is that it's a bit overlong, and some of the instrumental sections could be trimmed down a bit.
19Brand New
Your Favorite Weapon


"The No Seatbelt Song" - So, the top songs off of Your Favorite Weapon turn out not to be the pop-punk tunes (although they are great), but the moodier, deeper tracks that are more reminiscent of the Brand New to come. Coming before a song where Jesse wishes John Nolan would drive under the influence without a seatbelt, one can only wonder what the title has to do with "Seventy Times 7". "The No Seatbelt Song" is the most stripped down track on YFW, and Jesse's vocals sound fragile at points, even when the chorus goes "It's only you, beautiful, if I can choose it's only you". The way he sings "How could I miscalculate? Perfect eyes will have perfect aim" is the defining moment of the song, a point so emotional and heartbreaking that the acoustic background fits it perfectly.
18Brand New
Deja Entendu


"The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows" - Brand New's breakthrough hit, the track so popular it got a goddamn One Tree Hill episode named after it, the lead single off of Deja Entendu will undoubtedly go down as the band's most well known song when it's all said and done. Just ask the guys who made the NHL and Tiger Woods PGA Tour soundtracks. "The Quiet Things..." is simple, it's catchy, and although it follows the blueprint for a quick radio jam, it's so successful at that. Come on, don't tell me you've never sang along to "SO KEEP THE BLOOD IN YOUR HEAD AND YOUR FEET ON THE GROUND!" at least once in your life. It's too infectious to deny. That's not even mentioning the ending, with the bridge over the final repetition of the chorus. "I lie well, Hallelu... JAH."
17Brand New
Daisy


"At the Bottom" - Before I talk about this song, I'll share a backstory. This was unwillingly, the first Brand New song I ever heard. It was 2009, around the time Daisy was released and surprisingly went to #6 on the album charts. My TV has Music Choice channels pre-installed, so I flipped on the Alternative station and eventually, following Nine Inch Nails' "Every Day Is Exactly the Same" and Social Distortion's "Don't Drag Me Down", this played. How do I still remember this fact all these years? Because I had Shazamed all of the songs that were playing that weekend morning and a few months ago, I was trying to see what the first song I had ever Shazamed was, and I came across this towards the end. It shocked me a lot. I didn't realize who Brand New were at the time. I don't even remember how I felt about the song.

But now I do. The instrumentation is very Modest Mouse-influenced, and although the lyrics are a bit weak, all is forgiven with that explosive chorus. The fire in...
16Brand New
Deja Entendu


"The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot" - The band's quintessential acoustic ballad, this is one of Brand New's most popular songs despite not even being the best acoustic ballad on the album. It's a fairly simple three-chord song, but Jesse sells it with his vocals, and the emotion that is put into this song makes it one of their premiere acoustic songs. "So call it quits or get a grip, you wanted a solution, you just wanted to be missed" is the part where everything falls into place, and if one other song on Deja didn't exist, this would rank as the album's best ballad. But it does exist, and thus...
15 Brand New
(Fork and Knife)


"(Fork and Knife)" - One instrument Brand New aren't all too familiar with is the piano. As far as I can remember, this is the only song that features its use. But, oh what a song. The mellow, chill atmosphere to this fits the track well, and it's easily the band's best B-sides. Jesse's vocals may not be their most emotional, but they fit the whole vibe of the song perfectly. The chorus of "You can't hold onto the thrill, so I hope you find your will to follow through" still send shivers down my spine every time I listen to it. Although this may not have fit into TDAGARIM, it's perfect as a standalone single. Instrumentally, it's lush and perfect for mellowing out. Anecdote: this is the only Brand New song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 at #86. So random. No one would have guessed that.
14Brand New
Deja Entendu


"Play Crack the Sky" - The song so great, Mastodon named a whole album after it. Yeah, "The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot" is not Deja Entendu's best ballad, but that's only because this exists. The highlight of this has to be the lyrics; they're a great metaphor, using the imagery of a shipwreck to so eloquently symbolize so much more. Aside from that, Deja's closing track just makes you feel a lot. The use of only acoustic guitar is used in quite a few Brand New songs, but what makes "Play Crack the Sky" stand out is the ending. The last two or so minutes of this song are just beautiful, with all the layers of vocals on top of each other, and it's what defines the track. Whenever I listen to this, I await the moment when everything comes together, bookending Deja on a perfect note. "I need you like water in my lungs. This is the end".
13Brand New
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me


"The Archers' Bows Have Broken" - Seven of Brand New's top 13 tracks are from The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me. That's over fifty percent. While this is the worst of the top seven, words cannot express my love for the album's penultimate track. Following "Sic Transit Gloria... Glory Fades", this was the second Brand New song I heard and loved. It's not hard to see how I fell in love with it. A quick drumbeat kickstarts the song, and the lyrics, which talk about the divide between politics and religion, come in fast. "Who do you carry the torch for, my young man? Do you believe in anything?" What makes this song is the chorus, anthemic and to the roof. "Archers" may just be a quick four-minute song, which it is; it isn't anything complex or mindblowing, but the energy behind "What did you learn tonight? You're shouting so loud you barely enjoy this broken thing!" is enough to elevate it to Brand New's thirteenth best song. The hook of this is so strong, it really does hook you in.
12Brand New
Daisy


"Vices" - A woman singing opera takes up the first minute and a half of this song. I like to disregard that and pretend it doesn't exist so I can skip straight to the actual meat of Daisy's opening track. "Vices" is without a doubt, the heaviest, most brutal song Brand New has ever recorded, and it's so awesome because of it. Jesse's screams are eardrum-shattering, pounding at every part of your brain and never letting up. It's two minutes of straight up hardcore, going for the jugular with every second. The best moment has to be right after the "She said goodbye to the ground AND JUMPED" where Jesse's demons are unleashed and he just goes batshit crazy, with "WE NEED VICES! WHERE IS MY HOPE AND MY MARRIAGE LICENSE!". Yeah, the lyrics can be a bit nonsensical, but who cares. It's balls-to-the-wall fuckery that works out so well.
11Brand New
Your Favorite Weapon


"Soco Amaretto Lime" - Just missing the top 10 is what I consider to be Brand New's best acoustic ballad. I'm not alone in this choice, and although many of the band's acoustic ballads went out between #11 and #20, this one reigns supreme. Lyrically, it may not be deep, but the simple sentiments of staying 18 forever resonate as someone who is fighting all to hard to not relinquish his youth. It's a very sentimental song, I will admit, but that's part of its charm. Yeah, we take what we can get, and that's why "Soco" hits so hard. "You're just jealous 'cause we're young and in love" is how Your Favorite Weapon fades out, and as I reminiscence on past memories, the closing song to Brand New's debut is the perfect soundtrack to digging up old memories. God, I can only wonder how this will feel in another four years.
10Brand New
Deja Entendu


"I Will Play My Game Beneath the Spin Light" - I read The Moves Make the Man roughly a year before I heard Deja Entendu, so seeing a song titled after a line in the book was pretty surprising. I don't get how people can say the first half of Deja is weaker when it has this and "Okay, I Believe You..." back to back. Sure, "Play Crack the Sky" is awesome, but this is awesomer. Lyrically, it's full of goldmines, my favorite being the bridge lines and "I'm an old abandoned church with broken pews and empty aisles." But, come on, that chorus is what makes "I Will Play My Game..." the second best song on Deja. Jesse means what he says when he sings "And we won't let you in, and we're down and out", and you can hear it in his voice. Musically, it's a bit simple, but Jesse's vocals are the highlight of this for sure.
9Brand New
Your Favorite Weapon


"Seventy Times 7" - This marks the last of the Your Favorite Weapon songs, as the song dedicated to the Long Island soap opera goes down as the best track off of Brand New's debut album. Out of all the pop-punk songs they made, this one stands above the rest for multiple reasons. It's insanely catchy (don't tell me there's ever a time where you don't just wanna scream "Everyone's caught onto every thing you do", the bridge is fiery and on point with its "IS THAT WHAT YOU CALL A GETAWAY?", and the verses are filled with energy. To this day, while Jesse disowns most of his YFW material, this is the one song he plays at almost every concert, and it's easy to see why. The diss track towards John Nolan does so many things right. Jesse's delivery in the verses is seamless, his screams are affecting and the way everything fades out for the bridge is euphoric. I couldn't have asked for anything better.
8Brand New
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me


"Millstone" - It's a bit odd to go from "Seventy Times 7" to a song like this, but that's just the way Brand New's discography. At one point this was my second favorite track of theirs and even fought for the top spot, but other songs have moved past it since. The lyrics are by far the best part about "Millstone", as Jesse reflects on how his life has changed for the worst in such a short amount of time. "I used to pray that God was listening, I used to make my parents proud." The instrumentation gives off an emotive atmosphere further complemented by Jesse's vocals, and the crowning achievement of the song is after the bridge when Jesse just cries out "Whoa, whoa". Those ten seconds are enough to make "Millstone" what it is, and the imagery of a car crash can do wonders, but so can a simple note.
7Brand New
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me


"Sowing Season (Yeah)" - The whole top ten is really interchangeable - this could have been placed higher. Like so many other songs on TDAGARIM, the dynamic is what makes it so great. The first 45 seconds or so open the album on a mellow, atmospheric note, and then suddenly Jesse screams "YEAH!" and the riff blasts through full throttle. The drumming is precise and meticulous, and I couldn't have picked a better song to open up the album. I love how the instruments pan out during the "I AM NOT YOUR FRIEND!", leaving only Jesse's vocals in the spotlight, because it just makes that whole section so much more powerful. "Time to take the seeds into the cold ground, it takes a while to grow anything" is one of the first classic lyrics off TDAG, and the metaphor is so relatable that it works on a personal level. Plenty of lines here talk about changing, even the opening line about getting your friends back from drunk driving does. "Sowing Season" is just breathtaking. Yeah.
6Brand New
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me


"You Won't Know" - It's crazy how something as simple as a cymbal crash can have such a profound effect on a song, but the sudden drumbeat in the first verse just adds that extra "oomph" to the song that it needed instrumentally. "You Won't Know" is one hell of a build and a hell of a grower; Jesse's vocals are great during that first verse, but the moment when the distortion is cranked up tenfold along with the intensity of his singing is that moment when the song finally reaches its stride. His screams are just godly, and he just never lets up with it. That whole verse where he yells, "SO BELIEVE IN ME, BELIEVE THEM, YOU THINK I'LL LET YOU DOWN, WELL I WON'T!" has got to be one of the best of TDAG's 54 minutes. Even when he quiets down, the tempo doesn't slow, and the solo after the third verse makes you think the song will end, but it doesn't, and Jesse lets out one more verse, my second favorite in the song because of how it comes full circle back to the soft beginning, and...
5Brand New
Daisy


"Noro" - Daisy begins and ends with its best tracks. No other Brand New album does that, so you gotta give it credit for this at least. Then again, this is Brand New's best closer, and it earns its place there. Whether it's the low "Well I've tried. God knows that I've tried." or the painful "I'M ON MY WAY TO HELL!" (or "I'm on my way out" for certain ears), or maybe it's the mechanical-like drumwork, there's something you have to find excellent about "Noro". Which each repetition of the chorus, Jesse sounds more tortured, more visceral, and it all ends so suddenly. The guitars are haunting and help provide a dark, eerie atmosphere like much of Daisy, even the album artwork. The lyrics are excellent as always, and the one thing I have to nitpick on is the gospel hymn at the end. Yeah, I know, it's supposed to bring everything full circle, but it just disrupts the momentum. One time, two time, again.
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