Brand New
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me


3.5
great

Review

by Dr Hank Paulson USER (6 Reviews)
May 6th, 2010 | 134 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me is an astounding achievement and will continue to be viewed as a cultural landmark in the years to come by possibly everyone on SputnikMusic.com

There are certain albums that, when listened to in a darkened room with a good quality sound system, create an indelible, orgasmic effect, as if the melodies and lyrics have been seared into your brain, rendering it charred and utterly non-functional. Brand New’s The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me is one of those albums. In the following concept review I will attempt to describe the feelings that this album evokes in me – solely through the overuse of italic font and superfluous song quotes. This will lend the review an air of emotional gravitas.

I Used To Be Such A Burning Example (An Inauspicious Yet Blissful Beginning for Paul Schaeffer)

I had a happy childhood. Mom worked as a nurse in the city during the week and so I only saw her at weekends, but that left me and my dad. I loved my dad. Back in those days “my” music collection was in fact his – obscure 60’s acid rock and assorted jazz and bebop records. I was just a kid – didn’t care for the lyrics, didn’t know what they meant. All I knew was that it sounded good. That was enough. The music was enough. In much the same way, TDAGARIM (tee-dag-a-rim) would be an intoxicating, 3.5/5 worthy listen even without Jesse Lacey’s lyrics. The musical growth since Deja Entendu is truly astounding – at this point the band actually began to write good songs. The hushed opening of Sowing Season sees charismatic frontman Jesse Lacey muttering darkly to himself before the unexpected explosion of the chorus releases all the tension that had been simmering in the preceding sixty seconds. It is a genuinely spine tingling moment.

Life Is A Test And I Get Bad Marked (People Say I’m Bugged Out – It’s My Business, Stay The *** Out)

My teenage years were difficult. So many arguments with my mom, so many slammed doors. So much acne. My face looked like a lacerated pizza with pus filled boils instead of pepperoni. I fell in with the wrong crowd and started listening to Limp Bizkit records. Meanwhile, my dad’s bebop collection gathered dust in the attic – dead people don’t listen to bebop, and neither do Limp Bizkit fans.

TDAGARIM has several standout tracks. Degausser is perhaps my pick for best song of the album. Pairing an irresistible melody with one of Lacey’s best vocal performances, the song grows from an inauspicious beginning to a towering wall of sound in the chorus. My discovery of this album came just in time. When Lacey wails that he 'can’t get anything right', I knew how he felt. Meanwhile, Welcome To Bangkok is an instrumental, thus allowing the listener to give the song their own personal meaning. While listening to this song I like to imagine myself being greeted by thousands of people at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport, except they are saying the song title in Thai.

He’s Drinking Up, He’s All-American and He’ll Drive (Finally Got Laid)

I was 15. A sexually frustrated virgin. Awkward around the opposite sex and proficient only in the dark art of masturbation. One time I even fapped to that TV show Diagnosis: Murder. Then I met Anna. Shy, like me, but with a cute smile that caught my eye one day at the local Starbucks . We started talking and eventually went out on a date. She didn’t have any friends or prior sexual experience so it didn’t really matter if I screwed up or not. Then there was the bad facial scarring from a car accident dating back to her childhood, but again, it didn’t matter to me. The experience of having sex with her while listening closely to Limousine’s lyrics and fantasising that I was the driver who caused her injuries gave me a thrill that mere words cannot describe effectively, so I will now end this paragraph, on a run on sentence.


Jesus Christ Has A Pretty Face (Hey, Does Anybody Else Remember Krang from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? He Was A Brain In A Robot Suit. That Guy Was Awesome)

Life goes on, for all of us. I’m in college now and dating a really nice girl called Samantha. I'm happier than i used to be. My mom calls twice a week and we often talk about how much Brand New’s songwriting progressed, from the cookie-cutter music of Your Favorite Weapon through to the life affirming TDAGARIM. Sometimes we even discuss album closer Handcuff’s use of cello to create a somber atmosphere. It is indeed a perfect end to a great album. An album that saved my life. Brand New, if you’re reading this, and I know you are, I’d like to thank you. This review is for you guys.



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alachlahol
May 6th 2010


7509 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

you are a beast and you need to be caged

Slum
May 6th 2010


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

kinda skimmed through and saw something about masturbation. Seems like a legit review

qwe3
May 6th 2010


21369 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'LL BE THEERE FORR YOUUUUU

RosaParks
May 6th 2010


14972 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Album still doesn't have enough reviews

AnotherBrick
May 6th 2010


9772 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

agreed with your rating

RosaParks
May 6th 2010


14972 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good luck. Then I suggest you make another account and write a different review for this with a different rating. Possibly a concept review.

Prophet178
May 6th 2010


6397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't even know what to think of this, but "My mom calls twice a week and we often talk about how
much Brand New’s songwriting progressed" made me lol.

SeaAnemone
May 6th 2010


20834 Comments


solely through the overuse of italic font and superfluous song quotes.


holy shit easily best review I've read on here in a LONG time. congrats.

Prophet178
May 6th 2010


6397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hey, Does Anybody Else Remember Krang from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? He Was A Brain In A Robot Suit. That Guy Was Awesome


You know what else was awesome?

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AnotherBrick
May 6th 2010


9772 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

dude those were the messiest fucking things ever

Prophet178
May 6th 2010


6397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah but they had bubblegum for eyes, and if you were really cool you would eat both yourself instead of giving one to your friend.

klap
Staff Reviewer
May 6th 2010


10545 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

staff immediately

Digging: Jessie Ware - Tough Love

RosaParks
May 6th 2010


14972 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Every day at lunch I get one of those things. Except I get either Spiderman or Dora the Explorer. No joke. They are so fucking tasty

RosaParks
May 6th 2010


14972 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yea this guy is pretty much King of Sputnik after 2 reviews.

I almost fell out of my chair reading this

Brylawski
May 6th 2010


709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

paul schaeffer is a supervillain

RosaParks
May 7th 2010


14972 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

My face looked like a lacerated pizza with pus filled boils instead of pepperoni. I fell in with the wrong crowd and started listening to Limp Bizkit records.

Got me. Bad

Nikkolae
May 7th 2010


4867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ive never noticed how many reviews there were for this daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

Digging: Giant - Song

RosaParks
May 7th 2010


14972 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is the best review for this though. By far.

Nikkolae
May 7th 2010


4867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah but the fact remains that most of the others could or should be taken down, fanboy-ish reviews the most

DiceMan
May 7th 2010


7068 Comments


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