Review Summary: This SOUNDS like a band with nothing left to do.
Daisy is an album that highlights Brand New's limitations. Although they are widely praised for their constant growth due to their stylistic change between each album, this album not only marks an end to that trend but also shows up the fact that, for all the distortion, screaming annd ambiguously religious lyrics, Jesse Lacey's songwriting is actually quite limited. It's not a bad album, but songs like "Bed" and "Bought A Bride" are over before they begin - you can, with total accuracy, predict how these songs will progress after the first few seconds. Whilst a band having their own style which they stick to is commendable more than anything, there still needs to be an element that is new and fresh, otherwise we might as well just listen to The Devil and God again. What I found with this album is that the best moments are obscured by woefully misguided "samples" (Vices) or cut short (Be Gone). The remainder of the album has some nice tunes - the closing trio of songs are pretty good - but it never elevates itself to the (unreasonable) levels of expectations that preceeded the album's release.
In addition, Jesse Lacey's lyrical style is beggining to grate - maybe it's not them, maybe I've just gotten sick of it - but the melodrama of his vocals in particular has begun to sound laboured (as oppossed to the "tortured" he would perhaps prefer). Like I said, I enjoy some songs on this, and most of them are not that bad, but I can't see myself wanting to sit through this allbum as a whole too often - the songs have begun to sound too similar and unremarkable, and as a body of work it is well below the bands previous two efforts.
I really enjoy the compressed feel of this album. I don't know what's the point of stretching the song out to 5 minutes when you have ideas to cover only 3. Brand New just realised that with this album. So, respectfully I disagree.
I would post it, and I definitely backed my points up well enough, but with all the reviews here already, don't you think it would be a little redundant? Besides, my perspective of the album has changed considerably since.