Brand New
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me



by Andrew Walker USER (2 Reviews)
September 20th, 2010 | 97 replies

Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Let me start out by saying that I am a hipster douche-bag. I wear black/silver glasses (thick-rimmed, of course), I've gone bowling in slacks and a tie, and I listen to music that I haven’t really listened to before. So, when I saw that Sputnik was counting down the top 100 albums of the decade, I couldn't be happier. I stayed with it and made sure I didn't skip a single overview. I was glad I could finally listen to really good music, and being the hipster I was, I picked up most of these albums (such as Boxer and Merriweather Post Pavilion) without having heard them first. Although it makes me sad that I’ve become something I hate, it was probably the best thing that had ever happened to me, because I came across this album.
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me soon became my number one album, passing Porcupine Tree’s Fear of a Blank Planet by miles. Unfortunately, I came across it at the library, so I just picked it up, not thinking. Albums like this one are necessary to own, in all forms possible. I still have yet to pick one up due to lack of money, but once I get that $15 or so, I am going right to the record store, because I just love it that much.

The album seems to start out slow, but after “Jesus”, it gets a flow and it just keeps getting better. Although the album starts out slowly, does not mean it starts out poorly, it means the first few songs lack what the rest of the album has in flow.

The album seems to have a concept of a person, whether it’s Jesse Lacey, the lead vocalist, or someone else, struggling with his faith. The songs go back and forth between loving God, and questioning him. For instance, “Millstone” has the lines: “I used to pray like God was listening; I used to make my parents proud” saying the person is going through a difficult time in their life, thinking God has left them since he never answers their prayers. Then, the album moves on to “Jesus” in which the character seems to be praying, worrying about what his life has become. Wondering, “Do I get the gold chariot; do I float through the ceiling?” The entire album seems to jump back and forth between these two things, which many will find satisfying, since many people have gone through the same thing.

The album experiments with many different styles, from the grinding guitar on “Sowing Song (Yeah)”, to the melodic “Jesus”, to the haunting “Untitled”, for many bands, this would be a disaster, but there are a select few, such as Brand New, who can do it right.

The world has new music every day, whether it’s rap, pop, or rock, but there never seems to be anything good. It is rare that you will come across a song on the radio that makes it onto an album of the decade. Brand New is no exception, if it wasn’t for Sputnik, I wouldn’t have known about them and I would have gone on with my life, listening to Linkin Park and Bowling for Soup. It is sites like these that help you find the best music, and The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me is the best music. The album has been on countless, “Best of the Decade” lists, but it has not been number one, Illinois, or, the obvious Kid A always beats it. In my mind, this deserves the number one spot, but again, it’s all opinion. This album is a no-brainer to own. It isn’t just one you should pick up if there’s nothing better to pick up, it’s one you need now. When you buy it and experience it, the feelings should be overwhelming. The best album of the decade, maybe of my generation, gets a solid 5/5.

Recommended Tracks:
“Sowing Song (Yeah)”
“You Won’t Know”
“Not the Sun”
“The Archers Bows Have Broken”

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Comments:Add a Comment 
September 21st 2010


Album Rating: 2.5

if anyone says this didnt need another 5 rating i'm going to fucking find you and slap you in the face

September 21st 2010


Album Rating: 3.0

this didnt need another 5 rating

September 21st 2010


Album Rating: 2.5

i know where you live

September 21st 2010


Seriously, 5 review #9...

September 21st 2010


don't do it

it's a trick

September 21st 2010


separate first and second paragraphs...

this didnt need another 5 rating

I'm waiting for you. With a knife.

September 21st 2010


Review an album that has no reviews next time

September 21st 2010


are you kidding another review for this

September 21st 2010


Album Rating: 2.5

or just review whatever album you fucking want to since there isn't a limit on reviews

September 21st 2010


Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Review is dripping with sarcasm, and therefore I somewhat dig it because, as much as I'm growing to appreciate a lot about this album, it's massively overrated. Not a pos worthy joke, though. The intro is kind of grating.

September 21st 2010


Just sayin' , get albums known that aren't yet known. It's fine for a first though

Staff Reviewer
September 21st 2010


Album Rating: 4.0

It's an alright review for a first. Too little focus on what makes the album so good though (I haven't heard it myself so I can relate to it even less).

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September 21st 2010


How about an OK Computer review?

September 21st 2010


this is exactly what i was afraid of

Digging: Ashdautas - Where the Sun is Silent...

September 21st 2010


The best album of the decade, maybe of my generation, gets a solid 5/5.

Woah... Woah... WOAH... Back up dude... Is a phenomonal album but definitely not the best of the last decade. That's a little hyperbolic.

September 21st 2010


iSkane docked 500 Sputnik points

September 21st 2010


I gave you a pos my man, I enjoy your style of writing.

I haven't heard too much of this but you convinced me to want to get it.

September 21st 2010


Album Rating: 5.0

That's a lot of 5 reviews.

Staff Reviewer
September 21st 2010


Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

hahaha this review is funny, intended or not...has some decent moments, but large portions of the review are amateurish and unnecessary (like the first paragraph) is a first review though, so there's plenty of room for improvement

agree with the rating for what it's worth

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September 21st 2010


Album Rating: 4.5

lol Get the fuck over there being a lot of 5 reviews for this. It's a review website. If you don't want another 5 review, don't read them.

Review was decent, a little awkward in places but you get your point across well enough. Good first review.

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