Brand New
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me


5.0
classic

Review

by Channing Freeman STAFF
August 31st, 2011 | 13550 replies | 234,981 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Settle, baby.

I barely hear it anymore.

No matter how much time passes between listens, The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me rarely sounds new or fresh. I can't remember what it used to mean to me and I don't know what it means to me now. I don't scream along to it like I did a few years ago after my friend was killed in a car accident and I don't listen to it nightly like I did when I sorted mail in a plant from midnight to eight in the morning, the music drowning out the clanking of the machinery and the droning of the forklifts. Press the button, the reservoir tips, the mail falls out. The band plays, Jesse sings, the album ends. Press the button again. Press play again.

Now when I listen to this, I find myself simply waiting for the moment when everything becomes clear. The moment that takes me back to the connection with this music that used to be so important to me. I just already know everything that's going to happen. The words and riffs are ingrained in my head so deeply that they'll never be removed. But that moment – the one that takes me back – always comes, and never at the same time. Sometimes it's the opening of “Luca,” sometimes it's the bridge of “Not The Sun,” sometimes it's the second verse of “You Won't Know.” The specific moment isn't as important as the fact that the moment has happened. In that moment I feel all the emotions that this album has ever made me feel, all at once and very briefly. Without fail, it's just what I need.

There is such monotony in my life. Every day is the same. I go through the motions and I wait and wait for something different and I wonder if nothing happens because I don't make it happen. There is nothing hard about my life and nothing to complain about except my own discontentment. I feel like I'd know what I want if I could only see it but in reality I would probably keep walking without a second glance. It's why this record still occupies a place deep inside of me. It can grab me and shake me and wake me up for a microscopic second and bid me to take a good look at my surroundings and make something happen. Maybe one day I will.

That's more than any other album has done for me. Emotional connections are generally just there; they are not seen as facts to be inspected but as experiences that make you feel things automatically. There are hundreds of albums to which I am connected in unique ways but this is the only one that asks me big questions, expects big answers, and does not hold it against me when I come up with the same old pile of bullshit that I always do. As I said, I can't remember what it used to mean to me. But I know it sure as hell didn't mean this much.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2011



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

u guys better work overtime if you want a 3300 comment thread again

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 31st 2011



49740 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

It went up to a 4.5?
Sweet Jesus

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FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
August 31st 2011



9033 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

What happened to your other review? The one that brought me (and others) to the site in the first place?

cinaedus
August 31st 2011



26296 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

o-ver-ra-ted

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mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2011



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i had it deleted

WashboardSuds
August 31st 2011



4981 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I found out I really like this album

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Irving
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2011



7135 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i had it deleted

wut.

psykonaut
August 31st 2011



3913 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

what why how what

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2011



14982 Comments


chan let's run away together

Jozh
August 31st 2011



611 Comments


:o

theacademy
August 31st 2011



28223 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

oh my god the summary lol

theacademy
August 31st 2011



28223 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

(for the purists)

WeepingBanana
August 31st 2011



10035 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i whole lotta love this review

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2011



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i fear this summary will alienate brand new enthusiasts

kanecooper
August 31st 2011



630 Comments


i haven't listened to this in a couple of years and i simply do not want to

i'm not even sure whether i like or dislike this

there is just no desire

good memories of listening every day and night though

back when

and then



WashboardSuds
August 31st 2011



4981 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I can really relate to this review

WashboardSuds
August 31st 2011



4981 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

not for this album, though

zxlkho
August 31st 2011



3460 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I really really liked the other review.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2011



15281 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

There are hundreds of albums with which I am connected to in unique ways but this is the only one that asks me big questions, expects big answers, and does not hold it against me when I come up with the same old pile of bullshit that I always do.

This is exactly how I feel too.

I'm kind of sad to see the old review go because that was what got me into this site to begin with...but this is a pretty nice update. It kind of does justice to the album's timeless qualities (even if it skimps on describing the music, but we have so many reviews of this I doubt that's a problem). That last paragraph is gold.

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mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2011



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

both reviews are dumb but the other one was generic dumb. endless descriptions of songs to the point of nausea



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