Brand New
Deja Entendu


4.5
superb

Review

by Sputnik's official false metal authority USER (28 Reviews)
January 22nd, 2011 | 87 replies | 6,221 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Deja Entendu is your album, your story and your emotions.

13 of 14 thought this review was well written

Ah poetry, such an interesting phenomenon. Basically it's just a combination of words that are seemingly random, sometimes in rhyme, sometimes with an underlying theme. The beautiful thing about poetry is that it is empty and meaningless until you give it some kind of meaning. While poetry may seem very dull and boring to most people, it can tell you a lot about yourself and about the writer, that is if you open yourself up to the poem and are able to let the emotions flow. Well believe it or not, this is exactly the case with Brand New's second studio effort Deja Entendu, which showcases an impressive progression in their sound above all else.

Deja Entendu is French for 'already heard', which is a comment on modern radio music, which is, of course, lacking musical variety and depth. It marks a new era for Brand New, as they leave their puberty with all its petty problems behind, and head straight for the big world, with a newer, more progressive sound, and a pocket full of new, more interesting themes to sing about. As said, when you hear Jesse Lacey's lyrics, you start to form your own thought process, independent of the real issue he is singing about, because the emotions that they carry are so strong that you will probably be able to relate to it anyhow. That is the main strength of this album as whether you're a teenager struggling with issues related to the opposite sex or you're an adult that has problems paying the electric bill every time it comes along, this record will touch you in a way you probably have never felt before. It is hard to put your finger on what is exactly the thing that makes Jesse Lacey's lyrics so amazing and emotionally charged, but their depth is immense, and they will surely touch you deeply. One line that particularly touched me was “take heart, sweetheart, or I will take it from you”, which perfectly showcases Lacey's amazing songwriting skill.

Musically, Deja Entendu is exactly what it's title suggests, being that it's not particularly innovative. However, Brand New knew damn well what they were doing, and they probably figured that the lyrical themes themselves were already heavy enough, so that they didn't have to put them to amazingly innovative, technical, or whatever kind of musical tricks bands use to hide their poor lyrics. Instead, Brand New went with the most melodic approach possible, and have thus created an album that is fairly easy to digest musically, but is topped off with those amazing lyrics I talked about. I am not saying that the musical section isn't doing one hell of a job, because the mood that is created on the album, the emotionally charged vibe is not coming from the lyrics alone. Instead, the band is masterfully at backing up the lyrics in a soft, but still very powerful way, sometimes even overshadowing Lacey, as they do in the beautifully titled 'Guernica'. The musical approach may come off as a little cheap to some people, but here's what: in the end it sounds truly magnificent. Brand New has surely shown us that technicality isn't everything.

This album is incredibly personal, not only for Jesse Lacey, but for you, the listener. Whether it succeeds or not depends on your willingness to give it a meaning. If you do, you will notice that with Deja Entendu, Brand New not only show that they are a musical force to be reckoned with, but that they are able to create fantastic music with incredible lyrical depth, and Deja Entendu will not leave you unmoved.



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Tyrael
January 22nd 2011



20394 Comments


So... yeah. This review was a pretty emotional ride for me. Constructive criticism is appreciated
etc...

Digging: Lantlos - Melting Sun

Bitchfork
January 22nd 2011



7584 Comments


pretty boys have feelings too

RippingCorpse
January 22nd 2011



1086 Comments


Basically it's just a combination of words that are seemingly random,

Tyrael
January 22nd 2011



20394 Comments


True.

amanwithahammer
January 22nd 2011



384 Comments


The problem with this album is that I listened to The Devil & God first.

Hep Kat
January 22nd 2011



13992 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is definitely their best album

Digging: Casanovas In Heat - Belvidere b/w Destiny St.

HugCrewLoveRoll
January 22nd 2011



612 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Déjà Entendu 4.5/5
Won't bother reading, have a pos.

Counterfeit
January 22nd 2011



17819 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

love love love love love this album

DoubtGin
January 22nd 2011



6684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i guess

Counterfeit
January 22nd 2011



17819 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

illll grow old
start acting my age
be a brand new day
in a life that youuuuu hate

HugCrewLoveRoll
January 22nd 2011



612 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Is this the way a toy feels when its batteries run dry?


amanwithahammer
January 22nd 2011



384 Comments


ITT: The Deja Entendu fan club

RippingCorpse
January 22nd 2011



1086 Comments


True.
lol

FearThyEvil9
January 22nd 2011



11324 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The review is good but, doesn't this album have enough reviews already?

AnotherBrick
January 22nd 2011



9766 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i forgot that sputnik put a limit on the amount of reviews per album

Counterfeit
January 22nd 2011



17819 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

FUCKING A BRICK

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
January 22nd 2011



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn Tyra you're getting to be pretty prolific

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FearThyEvil9
January 22nd 2011



11324 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i forgot that sputnik put a limit on the amount of reviews per album

I'm just saying this has enough already. I don't really care at least it isn't Metallica St. Anger.

DinoX
January 22nd 2011



3582 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

One of my favourite albums ever

Instapos for rating 4.5, album is emotional and touching, every song feels like an experience.

couldwinarabbit
January 22nd 2011



6996 Comments


I hate how this would be in my top 75 albums of all time.



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