Brand New
Deja Entendu


4.5
superb

Review

by Andrew Barr (MM8) USER (65 Reviews)
November 16th, 2008 | 43 replies | 6,510 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An interesting change up from their debut album; this album displays a deeper and more intellectual side of Brand New.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

One thing that everyone seems to look for in music is the ability to relate. All genres aside, people like to know that their favourite musicians have encountered struggles in their lives similar to his/her own. We see that no matter how badly our problems have us feeling they can be surpassed and even used to create something of beauty. From this, I believe we gain a sense of unification; a sense of hope.

Released in 2003, Brand New’s second studio album, Deja Entendu, posed some serious changes compared to their debut album. The album contains deeper, slower songs than that of its predecessor and a more refined sound. Some fans of the band were put off by these changes, but generally the album was well received.

The two factors that make this album great are lyricism and passion. It has more emotional range than a drunk chick at a high school party. Sic Transit Gloria… Glory Fades deals with the psychological results of sex, I Will Play My Game Beneath The Spin Light delves into the frustrations of endless touring and Jesse Lacey’s desire to return home, and Guernica deals with Jesse’s struggle to accept his grandfather’s bout with lung cancer. Throughout all of these different topics, Lacey’s extraordinarily expressive vocals help you to feel as if his problems are your own. From the start of Tatou you are whisked away into Jesse Lacey’s own world and you’re with him through every step of the album.

Wonderful use of metaphor and other literary terms give this album a sort intellectual feel. For instance, the song Me vs. Maradona vs. Elvis seems silly on the surface, but has a deeper hidden meaning. Diego Maradona and Elvis Presley were both highly respected and popular individuals and both succumbed to the pressure of stardom and wound up addicted to drugs. Lacey voices his fears of this happening to himself through the metaphor of taking advantage of a drunk girl.

In terms of musical aspects, this album doesn’t offer nearly as much as its lyrical side. Song structure is typically kept simple, comprised of simple chords. Occasionally tasteful leads are thrown into the mix, but not often. Notable instrumental moments are the bass line in Sic Transit Gloria… Glory Fades and the lead guitar riff The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows. Aside from that the instrumentals are usually acoustic chord progressions in the verse followed by distorted power chords in the chorus. Some songs are all acoustic, but usually it’s a split between the two. However, I think the instrumental aspects of this album were done right. The main focus of this album is meant to be the vocals and lyricism and the simple (yet catchy) instrumentals allow the focus to remain on just that.

Another factor that I feel helps people relate to the lyrical messages in this album is the use of group vocals. In many songs it is only Jesse Lacey singing during the verse and then in the chorus the whole band chimes in forming one cohesive voice. To me it represents a solitary man voicing his struggles in life and then a group of people showing him he’s not alone.

The only real flaw this album suffers from is lack of diversity. Most songs are similarly structured. Some are acoustic electric and some purely acoustic, but it doesn’t really help. It would have been nice to see the band maybe through in a couple songs that sounded more like their debut album just to give the album a bit of a change up.

Overall, this is a terribly intellectual and infectious piece of art. More so than any other album I’ve ever heard, this album has formed a special bond with me. If you’ve yet to hear it, I would recommend experiencing it for yourself as soon as possible.

I’m sinking like a stone in the sea,
I’m burning like a bridge for your body




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metallicaman8
November 16th 2008



4677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I wanted to see if I was still any good at this.

Review certainly wasn't needed, but this album is essentially all I've been listening to as of late.This Message Edited On 11.16.08

ManWomanBoogie
November 16th 2008



185 Comments


review is good for how long you've been missing, but you just need to dig a bit deeper on the detail aspect.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
November 16th 2008



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you heard devil and god yet?

also review doesn't rhyme wtf!

iarescientists
November 16th 2008



5863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

rofl

handoman
November 16th 2008



2386 Comments


Great album.

deadsinkingstory
November 16th 2008



39 Comments


last track on here is my favorite.

metallicaman8
November 16th 2008



4677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Certainly have, Chan. I have their whole discog on muh ipod.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
November 16th 2008



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

do u liek it more than this cuz you should

foreverendeared
November 16th 2008



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review. not as good as devil and god but i still love a lot of these songs

Altmer
November 16th 2008



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

where have you been mm8

iarescientists
November 16th 2008



5863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hey mm8 how was your halloween

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
November 16th 2008



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hahaha

heyseuss
November 16th 2008



384 Comments


Oh SHIT WUT UP METLICA

Mikesn
Emeritus
November 16th 2008



3709 Comments


hey u

good review. not as good as devil and god but i still love a lot of these songs
yeah

NortherlyNanook
November 16th 2008



1285 Comments


Holy crap you're back.

Not a bad review.

handoman
November 16th 2008



2386 Comments


why everyone know him and i don't know him?

sup i'm handoman.

iarescientists
November 16th 2008



5863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

mm8 was flaming hot on this site when concept reviews were all the rage

now they get deleted by SOP >:|

foreverendeared
November 16th 2008



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

they deleted his Jeopardy review of metallica?

metallicaman8
November 16th 2008



4677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

[quote=chan]do u liek it more than this cuz you should[/quote]

I find them about even.

hey mm8 how was your halloween


I'm not sure if there's some sort of inside joke here that I am not aware of? Anyways, it kind of sucked. I went and saw Saw V, it was pretty awful and then I went to some sketchy party that was filled with foreign kids witha poor grasp of our culture. They tried to start a fire with vodka and styrofoam.





foreverendeared
November 16th 2008



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

foreign kids rule



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