Brand New
Daisy


3.0
good

Review

by Pessimist USER (4 Reviews)
November 17th, 2009 | 66 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 2009's most overrated album.

Every time a band announces they're working on a new album, we can't help but wonder if they'll keep their same sound and release a recycled version of their previous works, mature and craft a better album, or devolve and create something sub par to the rest of their work. It was no different when Brand New announced they were putting out a new album, leaving everyone to wonder just how much they would change this time. This is, of course, what I can infer considering Daisy is the album that practically introduced me to the band. Embarrassing to admit it took me so long to hear about Brand New, but at the same time, it removed any bias I may have had when I first listened to the album.

I downloaded Daisy and I liked the band's sound, so I decided to check out their previous work, starting with "Jesus" off The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me. Much to my surprise, they sounded nothing like they do now. So what happened? Brand New evolved once again, sure, but was it really for the better? Sputnik's readers and critics seem to think so. I used to think so too, but it turned out I simply hadn't paid much attention to the lyrics in any of the songs. When I listen to a band, the instrumentation is what I pay attention to first. It is, after all, the first thing people most likely notice when they first listen to a band; lyrics come later. Brand New's forte in previous albums lied mostly on the lyrics and the appropriate atmosphere the instruments gave the songs for the lyrics to shine. With Daisy, that changed. The band progressed musically despite their lyrics not being as strong as they could have been, which has been blamed on Jesse Lacey's diminished or nonexistent role in writing the lyrics on Daisy, a right conceded to Vin instead. No one seems to deny that, but in the end, what exactly is the point of an album filled with mediocre (and at times atrocious) lyrics when the band was known mainly for its incredible lyrics?

It seems to me that most of the reviewers place emphasis on the atmosphere the album as a whole has. It's darker, more sinister, almost depressing, but it doesn't compare to previous albums. Forget the emotional singing in "Degausser", the energetic screaming in "The Quiet Things No One Ever Knows", the personal and lonely singing in "Jesus". None of that here. The love themes are gone. The wonderful buildups ala "Limousine" are virtually nonexistent here. What we have instead is Jesse screaming at the top of his lungs about God-knows-what on the chorus of "In A Jar". It's beautiful, it's angry, it's desperate, it's undecipherable, it's effective. We also have the depressing delivery of songs like "Bed" and "You Stole", the former being a very laid back and easily digestible track and the latter trying really hard but ultimately failing to pull off an interesting clean-distorted-clean dynamic. There's also a relatively interesting filler in the album, "Be Gone". Somewhere in between, "Bought A Bride" features instrumentation that manages to be interesting, but the lyrics are as boring as every other track on the album. The album closer, one of the better tracks on the album, makes Jesse sound borderline cynical as he sings in his higher range "I'm on my way to hell (because God knows that I try)". Every track has a certain charm to it, but none compare to anything from their previous albums. There really is no point in evolving instrumentally and setting tones for songs when the lyrics devolved.

Begs the question though: How bad are the lyrics and why haven't any (with the exception of "Noro") been posted as an example? They range from mediocre to atrocious, and that's exactly why it is unnecessary to bring them up. Nothing on this album compares to anything on the previous ones, and that's why the album seems so overrated to me. I consider TDAGARIM a classic given the fact that there's absolutely no filler in the album and every track shines on its own. Deja Entendu was excellent as well and if we were going by ratings, I'd give it a 4. Giving Daisy a comparable rating to these two previous albums would be a sin. The band undeniably progressed in terms of instrumentation and evolved to create a darker, less accessible album, but when weighed against how much worse the lyrics got, it stops mattering. Daisy doesn't deserve the praise it got and it's certainly far from anything resembling an excellent album. Instead, it's simply the most overrated album of the year.


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Pessimist
November 17th 2009


191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I don't like how this review turned out. Wrote it over the course of two days, lost my train of thoughts, ADD, etc. Feels like a mess to me unfortunately, but I still wanted to write a review for this.

AtavanHalen
November 17th 2009


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I don't like how this review turned out, either.

IndieOut
November 17th 2009


498 Comments


the concept seems strong; the lyrics make the band, and they got worse because the lyrics got worse, but it is over-shadowed with progression of instrumentation. right?

Gyromania
November 17th 2009


15791 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

...Um... I am still going to write mine... even though this was...written. God damnit! I will read after, but I agree with your summary .

Digging: Lantlos - .neon

DiceMan
November 17th 2009


7068 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"2009's most overrated album"


MPP

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2009


15740 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

beggars

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

DiceMan
November 17th 2009


7068 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I can actually enjoy Beggars though. MPP is just like, mind numbingly impossible to listen to that much. It strikes me as more average than Beggars. Although I would agree that there are a couple bad songs on Beggars.

klap
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2009


10457 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

fun. most overrated duh

Digging: Cymbals Eat Guitars - LOSE

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2009


15740 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

oh yeah what was i thinking its not even a contest

How bad are the lyrics and why haven't any (with the exception of "Noro") been posted as an example? They range from mediocre to atrocious, and that's exactly why it is unnecessary to bring them up.


hahaha. I'm gonna adopt this technique in my reviews. I'll make generalizations then write about how i dont need to explain myself.

DiceMan
November 17th 2009


7068 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

But Fun. is actually... Fun. It does lose it's charm after a while though.

Avirov
November 17th 2009


1206 Comments


The descriptions and analysis of the music are awkward and anything but insightful. A review should be
somewhat like a three-paragraph essay, and you attacked that fairly well, but your writing needs
significant improvement. I suggest reading your reviews out loud several times before posting them.

Pessimist
November 18th 2009


191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oi, I appreciate the crit. My other reviews aren't this awkward, I just had a really hard time putting my thoughts together for this one.

I read it, I knew it was off, I just can't for the life of me fix it.

Aside from Electric's specific example, anyone else wanna point out something that's off or downright awful?

@Gyro: I figured you weren't gonna write it, so I went ahead with mine haha.

@Indie: Basically.

I don't know how to quote on Sputnik yet, har har har.

Avirov
November 18th 2009


1206 Comments


That's probably why it appeals to everyone so much;

Saying it appeals to everyone is overly informal in an ugly kind of way. Not to mention that semi-colon.

it simply works.

Very awkward wording.

Pessimist
November 18th 2009


191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thank you~

Captain North
November 18th 2009


6788 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The lyrics aren't even particularly bad or anything.

Avirov
November 18th 2009


1206 Comments


I think they're quite good

HighandDriving
November 18th 2009


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No the most overrated album of the year goes to Say Anything.

Titan50
November 18th 2009


4588 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Soooo the main criticism of the album (which itself shouldn't warrant a 3) is the main point of the review, yet you don't even explain it


Good job

Knott-
Emeritus
November 18th 2009


10197 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

idk i just found this so much less affecting than any of their previous stuff

tried so frequently to get into it but it just washes over

EVedder27
November 18th 2009


6088 Comments


Devil and God is much better



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