Brand New
Your Favorite Weapon


4.0
excellent

Review

by SowingSeason STAFF
October 20th, 2010 | 188 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A group of young, immature musicians begin to ascend musically and personally.

Not very many people talk about Your Favorite Weapon anymore. Brand New’s career has launched them into bigger and better things as all of their follow-ups have caught the eye of critics over the past decade. Deja Entendu was a huge leap in progression concerning the band’s sound, The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me saw them reach new artistic heights, and Daisy was full of rage, as it combined elements of grunge with dark alt-rock and furious punk. It is little wonder, then, that this album has become a relative afterthought. The heavily pop-punk influenced Your Favorite Weapon is the least innovative and least mature of Brand New’s four releases but, just like with their later works, it is also a master of its craft.

Brand New doesn’t redefine pop-punk, but they certainly give listeners the best it has to offer. Further helping the cause is that inherent sense of anger that seems to exist in all of the band’s efforts, whether it is suppressed or at the forefront. “Seventy Times 7” is a bitter verbal assault on ex-band mate John Nolan, who allegedly stole Jesse Lacey’s girlfriend and subsequently ruined their friendship. Lacey’s bone chilling death wish of “Have another drink and drive yourself home / I hope there’s ice on all the roads / And you can think of me when you forget your seatbelt / And again when your head goes through the windshield", combined with a simple but fast bass line, adds a sense of unsuppressed fury to Your Favorite Weapon. The similar “Mix Tape” is also a biting indictment, but it accomplishes its goal via contrary methods. The song starts slow (like a ballad) and works its way into a sarcastic frenzy of static-heavy electric guitars and screams of “I know that you’re a sucker for anything acoustic / When I say let’s keep in touch, I hope you know I mean I wish that you’d grow up.” Obviously, the anger that Jesse Lacey let out in little bursts on Deja Entendu is still present in Brand New’s debut LP, and in certain songs (such as the aforementioned), he really allows his emotions to run rampant.

Another reason that Your Favorite Weapon is so enjoyable is because amidst all of its teen-like angst and immaturity, it still manages to sound very intelligent. “The No Seatbelt Song” is easily the best illustration of Brand New's maturity within a comparatively immature album. The song begins with low-pitched feedback and gentle acoustic guitar picking. Here, Lacey sounds as sober and resolute as ever, providing foresight into some of his later masterpieces like “Play Crack the Sky” and “Jesus.” This is another thoughtful crooner, featuring heartbreakingly vulnerable lyrics and proverbial lines like, “Even new wine served in old skins cheapens the taste” and “I shot the pilot, I’m begging you to fly this for me / I’m here for you to use, broken and bruised…do you understand?” “Soco Amaretto Lime”, on the other hand, is a moving tribute to young adulthood. The careful, deliberate strums of Lacey’s acoustic guitar and the carefree attitude expressed in the lines, “I’m gonna stay eighteen forever” and “You’re just jealous cause we’re young and in love” serve as an anthem to youth everywhere or to those of us who are feeling a little reminiscent of the “good old days.” The depth expressed in these types of songs show us a glimpse of the magic to come throughout Brand New’s long and successful career. In essence, this raises the question of who the real Brand New is…are they the reckless, angry pop-punkers who played and screamed their hearts out on “Seventy Times 7?” Or are they the disturbed, emotional thinkers who crafted the song’s calmer but equally tumultuous ballads? The band’s sophomore album Deja Entendu seems to point in the latter direction, while their other efforts allude to the prior. If one to were to approximate however, he or she might suggest that there is a little of both raging inside them.

As a whole, Your Favorite Weapon is the perfect companion to accompany anyone who is entering adulthood, or for anyone who wants to get lost in all the memories, love, and drama that made being eighteen such a wondrous experience. The album has its share of clichés, and the topics do dwell on the typical classics (friendships, girls, getting drunk), but it also brings an unprecedented level of maturity at times. Just like anyone who is emerging into adulthood, they had their share of both angst and personal growth. Your Favorite Weapon may not be much of a progression in music, but it captures the band members’ development as they take a step into their own futures and show us that it is okay to bring our immaturities and imperfections with us. Your Favorite Weapon is a flawed but honest work, and Brand New wouldn’t have it any other way.



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SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
October 20th 2010


16403 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

TELL ALL THE ENGLISH BOYS YOU MEET

...that sowingseason has reviewed another brand new album

Digging: Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright in the End

Enotron
October 20th 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

loooovveeee

DiceMan
October 20th 2010


7068 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'd argue that this is a bit too generic to be a 4 but .5 really isn't enough of a difference to give a shit about.

SeaAnemone
October 20th 2010


20515 Comments


this deserves a 4. this is under-appreciated mostly just because BN fans love being so c-c-c-c-controversial.

Digging: Pharmakon - Bestial Burden

PlayCrackSky
October 20th 2010


207 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a pure 4.

Enotron
October 20th 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

IS THAT WHAT YOU CALL A GET-AWAY

SeaAnemone
October 20th 2010


20515 Comments


"Magazines" was my favorite song for like a year. Actually, I probably know every lyric on here, weirdly enough. More so than any BN album even...

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
October 20th 2010


16403 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah me too. i wouldn't say i know the lines better than their other albums, but definitely just as well.

my favorite song on here has always been 'the no seatbelt song', closely followed by 'seventy times seven' and 'last chance to lose your keys'

Enotron
October 20th 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Pop(ular) punk at its absolute worst. Brand New attempt to create anthemic summer songs, but end up sounding silly and forced. I really tried... but alas there are no redeeming qualities about this album (and if there are they're suffocated by the abhorrent lyrics).


oh austin

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 20th 2010


31341 Comments


I've never even bothered to listen to this

Enotron
October 20th 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

it's like looking at old videos of you as a toddler or looking back at high school photos, ya know

couldwinarabbit
October 20th 2010


6996 Comments


so...I should give this a listen?

Enotron
October 20th 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

actually the first one doesn't really work, seeing as a toddler could never be as angsty as this album

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
October 20th 2010


16403 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah rabbit please do

i whipped this review up quickly after seeing in the daisy thread that lots of ppl haven't heard this

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 20th 2010


31341 Comments


it's like looking at old videos of you as a toddler or looking back at high school photos, ya know


I mean I love Brand New, but I had heard this was waaaaay pop-punky so I decided to leave it the fuck alone. Review almost makes me want to check it out.......almost

ConsiderPhlebas
October 20th 2010


6157 Comments


Love the melodies on this. Some of the lyrics make my balls recede into my body but that's cool.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
October 20th 2010


16403 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dammit deviant so my review was almost good

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 20th 2010


31341 Comments


It was great, I just don't like pop punk at all really.

But your review almost convinced me to check it out, which is a good thing

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
October 20th 2010


16403 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah if you hate poppy stuff you'd hate this

can't lie to ya

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 20th 2010


31341 Comments


I even pos'd, look!

HAPPY??



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