Brand New
Deja Entendu


3.5
great

Review

by ashpoodle USER (5 Reviews)
January 30th, 2012 | 94 replies | 3,435 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Brand New's most consistent? A great album, yet one that gets stale and old a little too quickly.

2 of 11 thought this review was well written

It takes only a day on Sputnik to find the mutually favoured band within the site. ‘Brand New,’ receives praise for nearly all of its releases, one that they have definitely earned. However, not every record lives up to its exaggerated standard. ‘Your Favourite Weapon,’ showed Brand New jump into the pop punk scene with an energetic burst, one that is mirrored by Taking Back Sunday with their debut. Music critiques were able to see through the intelligent lyrics and successful vocal melodies and identify one major flaw; shoddy song-writing. Unfortunately, the hyperbolic ‘progression’ Brand New supposedly had with their record ‘Deja Entendu’ isn’t entirely true. Although the advancement is definitely there, without Jesse Lacey, Brand New would be nothing but a deteriorating punk band with a short burst of success and fame.


The songs sound good. But they grow stale, very quickly. As the plays for the tracks off Deja Entendu rack up, so do many inevitable questions. ‘No way are they implementing that riff again!?’ ‘This song structure seems awfully familiar…’ It is hard to try and escape the fact that although the album is performed with vigour and life, Brand New are merely doing what AC/DC have been doing for decades (although at a much higher efficiency) – creating entire albums with minimal variation. ‘Jaws Theme Swimming,’ ‘Me vs Maradona vs Elvis,’ and ‘I Will Play My Game Beneath The Spin Light,’ are the worst offenders of this rather boring crime. Structurally and musically, this album is a sound definition for ‘simple.’ Certainly at times simplicity works, and by no means does it condemn this record the way it has to countless mainstream rock bands. It's this same simplicity that makes certain punk records so enjoyable. Unfortunately the original buzz recedes from this record after numerous listens, and the tracks inevitably become far less satisfying in a very short amount of time. Too short amount of time, for an album that is quite often dubbed as Brand New’s most consistent.


Jesse Lacey is a supreme vocalist and lyricist. He plants down his emo lines with blaring conviction, one that only grows old long after the rest of the record has. Although Lacey hasn’t quite peaked with his singing skill, it is apparent that he has truck-loads of potential. When his screams come into effect –although rare- like on the track ‘Sic Transit Gloria… Glory Fades,’ his vocal effort gives the song the invigoration it needs. However there is not enough of this raw work, it shows up far too inconsistently throughout the record. Although the rest of his ordinary vocals – like on ‘The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot,’ are quite appealing, it is when he takes that next step that shows him to be the superlative vocalist he is. These moments are scattered too far within the album to have the full effect. Vinnie has also improved as a handy backing vocalist, yet the melodies he performs with Lacey get used far too frequently within the album. They would be to greater benefit to be used in short, sharp bursts of pure energy like they are in ‘Guernica’.


The overall theme for this album is very dark and moody, best portrayed by ‘Me vs Maradona vs Elvis,’ a track about how someguest uses drunk girls for sex. Although this topic seems to be more than anything, fun, the overall execution of this track conveys it to be a very melancholy matter indeed. The musicianship that is on display in this record is rather dull. The drums merely fill their purpose, rarely veering down a more adventurous avenue. The bass, unlike in most rock records, makes frequent appearances yet all it does is haunt the same few notes over and over again, until you realise its input may have been better just subtly effecting the album in the background. Everything relating to the guitar is vociferously modest. Finding an inventive guitar melody would be a near impossible task. The entire track of ‘Good to Know That If I Ever Need Attention All I Need To Do Is Die,’ contains perhaps the best example of a guitar refrain, where Vince does his own thing on numerous occasions.


By no means is this a terrible record, those labels are reserved for extremely over-rated albums (insert various Metallica albums here.) Deja Entendu is exactly what Brand New needed, that vital stepping stone for them to create their masterpiece ‘The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me.’ Yet before too long, the spark that maintains itself through years of playing the Devil and God, burns out with Deja after a very brief period of time due to a severe lack of diversity.


My advice is listen to this album, then wait a month before you venture down the same path again. However this album will always continuously appeal itself to some.


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ashpoodle
January 30th 2012



61 Comments


Wasn't sure about the rating, perhaps somebody could tell me how it reads?

I know I'm going to get attacked for rating this a 3 and mentioning Between the Buried and Me in a non-positive manner, but I hope you can neg me and tell me why other than saying my arguments are inadequate (the usual butthurt response)

If they are tell me why.

DarthMann
January 30th 2012



13476 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

m/

YetAnotherBrick
January 30th 2012



4384 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"The overall theme for this album is very dark and moody, best portrayed by ‘Me vs Maradona vs Elvis,’ a track about how someguest uses drunk girls for sex."

hahahahahahahahaha

DarthMann
January 30th 2012



13476 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

lol i didnt see that

TomArnoldsArmpit
January 30th 2012



2989 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review

Titan50
January 30th 2012



4588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't know if this is a joke or not

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
January 30th 2012



21575 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

YOU MENTIONED BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME IN A NON POSITIVE MANNER FUCK YOU

Digging: Septicflesh - Communion

Beachcoma
January 30th 2012



526 Comments


0 of 2 thought this review was well written

great job

JWT155
January 30th 2012



9205 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

WRONG RATING.

DinoX
January 30th 2012



3582 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

gives Deja Entendu a 3.

Killerhit
January 30th 2012



5209 Comments


The description in itself makes this not worth reading

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
January 30th 2012



21575 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First Listen - Brand New you've done it again Second Listen - Wait What? Third Listen - Yeah I'm gonna listen to TDAGARIM

You do realise Deja Entendu was released first right?

FruityCatOfDoom
January 30th 2012



2077 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Im going to pos

thunderpcats
January 30th 2012



26 Comments


After reading this review, I relistened to Deja Entendu. Nope. It's still awesome.

FruityCatOfDoom
January 30th 2012



2077 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"gives Deja Entendu a 3"

You're a raging fanboy man. You've got three of their records at a 5.

guitarplaya91
January 30th 2012



485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You related brand new's song writing to AC/DC? Your writing potential is there, but maybe you
shouldn't be reviewing this genre.. You call this album punk, yet fail to realize that some of the
best punk releases are what you call "simple." And I'm of those people that does not think Devil and
God and their latter discography is good. I'm happy with YFW and this is their Peak.

Tyrael
January 30th 2012



20727 Comments


The overall theme for this album is very dark and moody, best portrayed by ‘Me vs Maradona vs Elvis,’ a track about how someguest uses drunk girls for sex.

pos'd

NeutralThunder12
January 30th 2012



8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the btbam/metallica thing gets you a neg, sorry retard

NeutralThunder12
January 30th 2012



8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

and it's disorganized structurally

Tyrael
January 30th 2012



20727 Comments


OH HEY ITS A BUTTHURT COMMENT BY PROGMASTER

You like BtBaM? Fuck you now I gotta lower my ratings asshole



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