Brand New
Deja Entendu


5.0
classic

Review

by PlayCrackSky USER (3 Reviews)
June 16th, 2010 | 78 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: We prey as wolves among the sheep and slit the necks of soldiers while they sleep

There's a reason that the two groups of people I expose to this album have such different responses. This is a like it/hate it album, and as difficult as the people whose jaws drop whenever they hear St. Jesse's one liners or bridges (me included) find that, this album depends on circumstance, so trying to convince metalheads that Play Crack the Sky is the greatest acoustic-only song ever written will result in some snickers. The two people that I showed this album were very different. One of them was a Pink Floyd/Beatles-listening lazyass getting into hair-metal who never cared about anything in his entire life (and took great pride in that), and he hated it. The other was a disillusioned teenage girl, confused about how the romanticized and hyped summer vacation she was excited for could be and was falling so flat. The guy she liked was with someone else, and she was basically about to give up. Needless to say, Brand New clicked.

Many people here denounce the fans who loyaly stand up for Brand New when it's being technically taken apart. To a point, they're right. To them, Brand New is "entry-level over-rated alt", and when viewed technically, they might be right. But there's something that connects to the "fanboys" that revere Brand New. And its name is of course Jesse Lacey.

Jesse Lacey is the voice that all of these fans have with the talent that they don't. He creates such mind-numbingly brilliant hooks and lyrics and pounding choruses so that by the end of it you have two thoughts in your head: holy crap, and why couldn't I have written that. He makes it look so easy. Unlike other "voices of the teenage minds" he combines the thought and sincerity with eloquence and impressive writing ability to the point that by the end if it the listener is left wondering why more lyricists don't have the talent. Songs like Play Crack the Sky and Good to Know That If I Ever Need Attention All I Have to Do Is Die are written so well with cohesive, strong metaphor that never falls apart that it's amazing that any band could write them, let alone a band whose first album was considered "able pop-punk". The few bad lyrics that are littered throughout this album either serve some purpose in the song or are sarcastic, and there are few enough of them that they become irrelevant overall, considering that Brand New's worst lyrics are better than most of their (at this point) peer's, such as Taking Back Sunday, best.

But what are the lyrics if they're not surrounded by music
that's as good? That's never really been a problem for Brand New, and that includes this album. Basic chord progressions (E-G-C in Tommy Gun and C-F in Me vs Maradona vs Elvis especially) are turned into compelling riffs, and when the hooks are amazing, they're mind-blowing. The opening of Quiet Things, the bridge of Sic Transit Gloria, the riff of Jaw Theme Swimming... I could go on and on. When this album is good it's overwhelmingly good, and when it isn't it's easy to overlook, because you know that they're going to throw a change-up at you (Tautou is the best example of this).

There's a million more things I could say about this album (brilliant production, a really great album cover, etc.) but all of those things go without saying after one or two listens. Brand New were lucky enough to catch lightning in a bottle twice, but they caught Deja Entendu with a much smaller one. This is as good as specifically teen-oriented alternative music get, and if you've held out on listening to this through the past seven years then you have to right now.


Recommended Tracks:

Everything except Tautou (unless you plan to listen to it front to back) and Me vs Maradona vs Elvis (because it takes to long to get to the point).

Final album rating: 4.85


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porch
June 16th 2010


8460 Comments


hey now you didn't need to be so harsh towards this album


Helvete
June 16th 2010


1354 Comments


trying to convince metalheads that Play Crack the Sky is the greatest acoustic-only song ever written will result in some snickers.
im a metalhead and i like this. wheres my prize?



in the fourth paragraph you've put a big space in the middle of the first sentence

Satellite
June 16th 2010


20816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"There's a million more things I could say about this album but all of those things go without saying after one or two listens."

Then why the fuck review this at all?

This is nauseatingly fanboy-ish.

Digging: Spoon - They Want My Soul

porch
June 16th 2010


8460 Comments


Most of the Brand New reviews on this site are like that

Satellite
June 16th 2010


20816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Most of the Brand New reviews on this site are like that

True, but I'd expect more from someone with the username of PlayCrackSky.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
June 16th 2010


15980 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

what about someone with the name sowingseason

Digging: Maybeshewill - Fair Youth

Satellite
June 16th 2010


20816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Quiet, you.

Satellite
June 16th 2010


20816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

(@ sowing)

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
June 16th 2010


7338 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, but Me vs Maradona vs Elvis is one of my favs (it has the "personal meaning" factor with me)

NeutralThunder12
June 16th 2010


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bad review. Lol Brand New was Brand new like 7 years ago mannnn

Satellite
June 16th 2010


20816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is still 10x better than yr Blood Mtn review, Prog my lad.

Foxhound
June 16th 2010


4570 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

album is perfect.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
June 16th 2010


15980 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

this review isn't actually that bad. could be more objective and give more insight to how it sounds, but it's only a second review

tiesthatbind
June 16th 2010


7374 Comments


SowingSeason
Please stop making alts to give 5-star reviews to Brand New albums
It's upsetting the general population of Sputnikmusic.com

Digging: xSPONGEXCOREx - How Tough Are Yah?

Fugue
June 16th 2010


7353 Comments


Nothing involving Brand New and high ratings could possibly insult sputnikmusic.com.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
June 16th 2010


15980 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

thats the beauty of it

sickofantsid
June 16th 2010


129 Comments


'Jesse Lacey is the voice that all of these fans have with the talent that they don't.'

what are you saying in this sentence? I've read the damn thing 74 times and still cant make sense of it.

SeaAnemone
June 16th 2010


20300 Comments


it's pretty simple just kinda dumb. he's saying jesse 'speaks' for all his fans, albeit with much more talent.

Digging: Holy Sons - Lost Decade II

Romulus
June 16th 2010


8434 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Are you insinuating I am less talented than Jesse Lacey?

SeaAnemone
June 16th 2010


20300 Comments


yeah. just you. not everyone. JUST YOU



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