Brand New
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me


4.5
superb

Review

by Christopher USER (5 Reviews)
January 18th, 2010 | 34 replies | 2,674 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Brand New's Magnum Opus

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Brand New’s widely considered magnum opus, “The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me”, comes in a refined, sanded down and smoothed out version of “Deja Entendu”. It boasts an impressive collection of ballads and fist pumpers that exceed the latter stylistically, melodically, and in originality. Where “Deja” becomes repetitive, awkward, or flat out boring, Brand New step up their game and add new dimensions and intricacies that have developed into one hot album.

Brand New’s previous efforts suffer from repetitive, synthetic song structures, which constantly leave the listener in a purgatorial sense that Brand New had not quite hit their stride, and this time, things are a bit different. “The Devil and God” reward anticipative music fanatics and teenage girls alike with a superfluity of hooks and lures that go unnoticed only by the blind and obnoxiously ignorant. “Millstone” exhibits one of the most instantly accessible vocal melodies on the album, while keeping a consistent tone that never disrupts flow or submits to monotony. “Brand New” also manage to express profound meaning without distortion or screaming this time around. Jesse Lacey’s passionate yelps and perilous whispers display Brand New's constant emotive heart and soul. Where Brand New has been known to place a chorus or a fierce shout on previous releases, they instead insert moments like the summative ending to “Jesus”. The music first lulls you into a sense of melodic security helped along by Lacey’s personable lyrics, all while periodically holding the musical landscape to the bare minimum, adding upon it layers of vocal harmonies and electronic accents. Finally he catches you off guard with powerful shout that begs to have the listener, eyes shut and fists raised, bellow back with the lines “But we all got wood and nails, and we turn out hate in factories”, using the heavy sections of their songs more effectively than ever.

Meanwhile, Brand New are still able to stick to their roots, and continue to incorporate distorted fast paced melodies. This time around, however, instead of interrupting the natural feeling and flow of the song, the heavier sections become embedded in the very nature and fabric of the song. Examples of this are present in album opener “Sowing Season”, where Lacey’s screamed, choral “yeah” is anticipated and awaited, not with exasperation, but excitement. The Build-up of the instrumentation and musical tension cries for a climax in the form of aggression, rendering the placement of the device as a logical conclusion.

Brand New’s commonly boasted strengths in previous releases have been dominantly present in the softer passages, however, and that remains consistent in “The Devil and God”. Brand New uses restraint as its greatest ally as they progress beyond outstanding melodies and commendable lyrics by using original and progressive ideas. In the album closer, “Handcuffs”, the song starts off as just a guitar line and vocal melody, then briefly pausing as the melody builds upon itself calmly, giving the song characteristic distinction. Lacey drives this simplistic approach with authentic lyrics that compliment the ballads on the album, and, especially in "Handcuffs" case, helps keep things interesting, giving the song time to progress, allowing it to take root and flourish organically. The highlight of “Handcuffs” is the introduction of the bass in the second verse that brings irreplaceable warmth and tone. The addition of the duo strings also gives the track its own voice and melodic appeal. The restrained feel finds a climax among the flirtatious and complementary nature of the cello and violin. the use of restraint is used most powerfully in “Luca”. The song builds itself into a chorus. As the song progresses, it strips down from a dense wall of sound to the most serene of whispers and plucked strings, that haunts and stirs within the listener. This continues until the listener is taken aback by an eruption of the most frightening piercing shrieks, distorted instrumentation, feedback and screams. Pounding drums follow, along with bass and guitars, riffing in a fury to bring the song to a close on a single chord.

Also, for the first time, Brand New has a dominantly up-beat track, as opposed to having solely up beat elements, and it turns out to be an album highlight. The track possesses one of the catchiest chorus’ and is a lot of fun to listen to. The rolling drum beat keeps the atmosphere feeling light, and helps transition the riffing in and out of the verses. The song writing on this track agreeably refuses to succumb to a traditional verse-chorus-verse song structure, as the chorus’s add upon themselves’ vocal melodies and other intricacies until it's brought to a climax, and then finally to a close.

“Brand New” also manages to keep their commanding leads well spaced apart, so that the instrumentation is never competing for the spot light with Jesse Lacey’s outstanding vocal performance. The drums maintain their composure and perpetuate rather then dominate, and the guitars work together to create thick atmospheric soundscapes, as opposed to repressing the other instruments for the sake of shredding to outshine. The bass is used as a thick undertone to the guitars where appropriate, but the placement of bass leads and melody are also placed without complaint as they accentuate and give hearty undertone where obligatory.

To top it all off, the lyrical content and maturity fits well with the sound that has been cultivated. Lacey uses melancholic imagery throughout, making this another Brand New album with standard Brand New lyrical content. The sound is still dark, and reminisces of nostalgia and doubt. The only difference is, Brand New aren’t kids anymore, and connect to their listeners through concepts that they’ve experienced themselves, and universal concepts. Thoughts of regret seem to surface when Lacey belts out “I used to know the name of every person I'd kissed. Now I made this bed and I can't fall asleep in it”, and the musical tone conveys this feeling with purpose and legitimacy you’d expect from Brand New.

Each song is placed right where you’d expect it, and Brand New manages to keep things fresh each song this time around. As this album is a personal grower, it’s safe to say that it isn’t instantly accessible to all, but with a little effort, and perhaps time for Brand New’s songs to click and get “under your skin”, it’s easy to see the myriad of musical gems contained within “The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me”. It would be foolish not to predict that “Daisy”, their newest release, would be a failure after this monumental outputting by Brand New. Whatever they do next, it’s foreseeable that whilst great, they may never top this masterpiece.


user ratings (4403)
Chart.
4.5
superb
other reviews of this album
1 of
  • Rob Marais (5)
    The night's hard to get through....

    kevin234 (5)
    This is hitting rock bottom....

    Garrett H. (3.5)
    A random album never heard before turns into a brand new favorite....

    Alxander19 (5)
    I saw our sad messiah, he was bored and tired of my laments....

  • yidnarc (3)
    This is a great album if you remove the pop punk element...

    Kiet Truong (5)
    Brand New shows everyone that they are here to stay with their best effort yet....

    crandynewman (2)
    it has sparks of potential to be a great album but the flame flickers out before the cd ge...

    Quadrochosis (5)
    I can never lose it....

  • Channing Freeman STAFF (5)
    Settle, baby....

    Ty (5)
    I often think of you. Yet, rare is a night in these times where I let your sound be heard....

    Adam Knott EMERITUS (4.5)
    The devil's stopped winning....

    Andrew Walker (5)
    ...

  • Dr Hank Paulson (3.5)
    The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me is an astounding achievement and will continue to b...

    Ciaran McManus (5)
    Brand New realise the potential they've been threatening us with for years....

    KTLL (3)
    With the exception of a few songs, you will know a track's progression by its opening chor...

    Marc Wells (5)
    The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me is surprising to say the least. I knew these guys h...

  • SowingSeason STAFF (5)
    Breathtaking, magnificent, and compelling. Brand New’s crowning achievement as one of t...

    JackFr (5)
    You need to hear this album now. One of the most incredible pieces of art released in the ...

    Jorn van Schaïk (4.5)
    Do I divide and fall apart?...

    Ian (4.5)
    Brand New pushes the envelope to the best of their ability in order to create a more sophi...

  • DhA (4.5)
    A breathtaking album by a band who have developed in leaps and bounds, held back only by t...

    musicandwords (5)
    Completely dazzling, fulfilling and layered album that was well worth the wait....

    soleiletlune (4)
    Spiked with some unusual guitar effects, vocal lines, and unexpected turns, The Devil And ...

    6604 (4)
    Brand New returns after 3 years of silence with an album that is truly stunning....

  • Robby Roark (The Sludge) (4)
    Long awaited follow-up to Deja Entendu is darker, edgier, and damn right good on this Inne...

    bnththespinlite (5)
    Wonderful album, impressed, and worth the wait...

    Understanding In a Crash (2.5)
    Well if your interested in the "Jesse Lacey" show you'll probably find yourself right at h...

    Blair Chopin (5)
    ...


Comments:Add a Comment 
IndieOut
January 18th 2010



498 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

why negged thats lame

IndieOut
January 18th 2010



498 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

also, i know this is over done, but i need to do it for school, so i did something that wouldn't be too challenging. any help would be greatly appreciated.

Greggers
January 18th 2010



2375 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Prepare for a stream of 'unnecessary review' comments

IndieOut
January 18th 2010



498 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

if they can't read the first comment then wtf

burnafterbreeding
January 18th 2010



1466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

unnecessary review

IndieOut
January 18th 2010



498 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

unnecessary comment

burnafterbreeding
January 18th 2010



1466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hey i pos'ed your shit.
unnecessary rebuttal.

IndieOut
January 18th 2010



498 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yes well your avatar is lol

DiceMan
January 18th 2010



7068 Comments


13th TDAG review. Awesomesauce.

Ire
January 18th 2010



41754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm listening to this right now. It's good but I like Daisy more.

qwe3
January 18th 2010



21355 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

albums good i like deja better though.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
January 18th 2010



15889 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

good review. i pos'd.

this is easily my favorite album of all time and i've always wanted to write a review for it, but then i saw the other 12 reviews and decided against.

Digging: Maybeshewill - Fair Youth

IndieOut
January 18th 2010



498 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah don't do it :p. i wouldn't have if i didn't have to write something easy that my teacher could stand to listen to. Thanks for the pos

Knott-
Emeritus
January 18th 2010



10195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I'm working towards having a full review for all my 5s so I don't exactly care what reviews are necessary blahblah, this is good so pos.

qwe3
January 18th 2010



21355 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haha chambered made me laugh thank you for that

IndieOut
January 18th 2010



498 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i don't understand how anyone could possibly like Deja more then this. it's just no where near as perfect, and those stupid chorus's ruin every song.

qwe3
January 19th 2010



21355 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i think it has to do with opinions and not all people having the same one

JulesWin
January 19th 2010



993 Comments


FINALLY!!!
it's about time SOMEBODY decided to review this album!
it was long overdue

IndieOut
January 19th 2010



498 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you mean... each persons opinion is = to mine? but everything i do seems so much more important than what everyone else does

qwe3
January 19th 2010



21355 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

well mine's actually more correct than everyone's, but yeah you basically got it



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy