Brand New
Daisy


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ryan Flatley EMERITUS
September 22nd, 2009 | 2716 replies | 123,768 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Brand New have completely evolved from the heartbroken adolescents that brought you Your Favourite Weapon, obliterating that memory with each distorted riff and every coarse scream found within Daisy.

With each new album, we have come to accept the unpredictable nature of Brand New. The drastic change in maturity between Your Favourite Weapon and Daisy is nothing short of remarkable. After all, frontman Jesse Lacey once wrote about his disgruntled relationship with a once-loyal friend; now he reflects on grandiose topics such as the meaning of life. The latest edition takes fans to the limit with perhaps their most uncharacteristic album yet. Sure, Brand New have had their head-banging, mosh pit inducing moments before, but on an album titled Daisy? Don’t get me wrong, the Brand New charm is still here, despite the fact that Daisy is collectively heavier than their past three albums combined, and borders on the line of the unrecognizable (in terms of ‘is this really Brand New?’).

Daisy begins with the feverish “Vices,” a bastard of post hardcore & grunge. This track exemplifies the balance of aggressive songwriting and accessibility found on the rest of the album. Daisy thrives on its ability to find a hook in dense, furious contexts. For example, “Sink” pummels listeners with inaudible screams and furious riffage, but it’s still fucking catchy. Similary, “At The Bottom” features Jesse Lacey’s twangy voice leading the verse to a fitting complimentary balls-out chorus, belting ‘Well I carry this box to its proper place/ And when I lower it down/ I let you fade away/ I know that you would do this for me.’

As inferred from the text cited above, the biggest problem with Daisy is the lyrics. Certain lyrics teeter on the edge of vomit-inducing. Guitarist Vincent Accardi has been credited with most of the vocal/songwriting duties, and to be perfectly honest, they are a letdown from previous attempts (and if Lacey did write that song, shame on him). There is no longer a balance of topical, yet creative lines like, ‘Jesus Christ I’m alone again/ what did you do those three days you were dead?/ cause this problem’s gonna last more than the weekend,’ but a more upfront approach. Essentially, Daisy covers nearly every major topic from The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me, but with less substance and character. Granted, Brand New have come to a point where we may be expecting an unreasonable amount of creativity.

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails proved you don’t need to be overly technical to differentiate yourself from thousands of other bands. Brand New follows this example. Somber tracks like “Bed,” “Daisy,” and the six-minute gem “You Stole” balance the aggressive moments, adding variety and alleviating any possible question of whether or not Brand New are possessed. “You Stole” in particuar slowly simmers; Lacey’s vocals are at his best until the bridge gloriously ignites the track with squealing guitars overpowering an already thunderous breakdown. But, unlike The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me, Daisy lacks the slow build-up of tracks like “Welcome To Bangkok” and “Luca.” Instead, listeners encounter a barrage of explosive riffs, like those in “Gasoline,” which do partial justice, but are hardly as epic. The beautiful thing is that Brand New don’t need something dynamically explosive to make a statement. Take Daisy’s bass-heavy closer, “Noro,” which maintains a sinister undertone, building upon each tediously picked guitar note. As the song churns, it opens into a perfectly balanced chorus, screaming ‘I’m on my way to hell/(well, I've tried/God knows that I've tried).’ It sounds so numb and apathetic, and any other real feeling would taint the magic created in “Noro.”

Daisy flourishes with diversity, yet remains a complete, effervescent album. Ever since their rise to fame, it seemed like Brand New had something to prove, but more importantly, someone to run away from. Their obvious displeasure with Your Favourite Weapon has been demolished with each distorted riff and every coarse scream in Daisy. This time around, Brand New find themselves squabbling for marquee moments and end up settling for a consistent product. Daisy accomplishes the feat of identifying the band people have come to know; a confused band steadily pushing their musical limits.



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Mordecai.
September 22nd 2009



8270 Comments


Probably my favourite review for this, and i haven't even heard it yet.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
September 22nd 2009



7970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review, I pretty much agree on everything


Hanson's review will suckkk

theacademy
September 22nd 2009



28261 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i like the cd ok but feel it will probably grow on me

Knott-
Emeritus
September 22nd 2009



10194 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

this just flows about a trillion times better than the old one

awesome review, i need to spin this again

Ricven
September 22nd 2009



207 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review, much better this time. Don't think the lyrics are nearly as bad as the review makes them out to be.

JacobsLadder
September 22nd 2009



554 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album is great i think even better than deja

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2009



15727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

review flows much better now, glad I could help

Digging: Alvvays - Alvvays

cirq
September 23rd 2009



9263 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Rate it higher strikey

Prophet178
September 23rd 2009



6397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I hope when all 4 staff reviews of this are done every featured slot is a different Daisy review, just to show how big fanboys Sputnik is of Brand New.

AtavanHalen
September 23rd 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Great write-up, mate.

ziroth
September 23rd 2009



1252 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I hope when all 4 staff reviews of this are done every featured slot is a different Daisy review, just to show how big fanboys Sputnik is of Brand New.


LOL i can see it now


Electric City
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2009



15727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I hope when all 4 staff reviews of this are done every featured slot is a different Daisy review, just to show how big fanboys Sputnik is of Brand New.


is a legitimate possibility, no lie.


AtavanHalen
September 23rd 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I can too, actually, which is kind of scary.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2009



15727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

scary shit bro

NYdubber
September 23rd 2009



73 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"i like the cd ok but feel it will probably grow on me"

I had to listen to it about 4 or 5 times before it clicked.


love the title track..."I'm a word that no one wants to say"....beautiful line.

shindip
September 23rd 2009



3536 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

all songs are catchy so this grew on me right away

cirq
September 23rd 2009



9263 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good job bro

CelestialDust
September 23rd 2009



3155 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

embryonic should have at least as many digs as daisy, just sayin

AtavanHalen
September 23rd 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

So who can play this shit on guitar?

Ricven
September 23rd 2009



207 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I was messing around a few days ago and figured out Gasoline. Really easy, as I'm sure most of the album is.



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