Brand New
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me


5.0
classic

Review

by Kiet Truong USER (18 Reviews)
February 18th, 2012 | 39 replies | 2,655 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Brand New shows everyone that they are here to stay with their best effort yet.

3 of 4 thought this review was well written

Intense. If I could describe this album in one word, that would be it. Incredible. That would be the second. After listening to Deja Entendu, I thought that Brand New had maxed out, that they couldn’t expand further. I thought that they could not produce anything better than that. Boy, was I wrong. This album makes Deja Entendu seem like child’s play, showing a newfound level of depth that we had yet to see from Brand New.

1. Sowing Season- This gets the album started off with a bang. A typical effort in the signature soft to loud Brand New style, this song doesn’t do much to warn you of the changes in sound to come in the album. It starts off with some soft acoustic playing and Jesse crooning, “Losing all my friends, losing them to drinking and to drugs,” The highlight of the song comes when the song comes down a bit after things get loud, with a nice drum part at the forefront and some soft guitars in the background. 4.5/5

2. Millstone- Sowing Season segues right into this song, which works quite well. There is nothing extraordinary about this song. The instrumentation in this song is really simple, allowing lyrics like, “I used to know the name of every person I kissed, now I made this bed and I can’t fall asleep in it” to take center stage. However, it is an above-average track thanks to it overall composition. Still, a weak point on the album. 3.7/5

3. Jesus Christ- This track is another soft song in the Brand New collection. However, in terms of soft tracks, it is the best one the band has ever released. It starts out with one, then two acoustic guitars that sound beautiful together. The notes are allowed to linger, which gives the song space that was not found in the previous two tracks. This song solidifies the fact that Brand New indeed believes in the beauty and importance for a softer track. 5/5

4. Degausser- This song is one of the many on this album that builds up beautifully. At first, it is almost inaudible, then a driving drum beat kicks in with some guitars. The chorus features Lacey screaming his lungs out. The highlight of the track is the bridge, which has a wonderful little bass part. This bass part shows the maturation of the band and the thought that was put into the album. Without it, the song would still be good. It can only be heard if you’re listening closely, but for me it makes the song. 4.5/5

5. Limousine- The longest song on the album, and also the best. A musical masterpiece containing multiple parts, its story starts with the lyrics. The song is written about the death of a 7 year old girl in a car crash. She was on her way to a wedding in a limo. The song is written from multiple perspectives of the crash, including the driver that hit the car, who was legally intoxicated. The song features multiple musical changes, the best being the “false” crescendo into a mellow section. At the end of the song, there’s about 75 seconds of guitar feedback, as if to tell the listener, “We know that these first five tracks are really intense and awesome, so here’s some time to catch you’re breath”. 5/5

6. You Won’t Know- This is easily another one of the highlights of this album. The song starts out with a soft, simple guitar part. Vocals, then drums slowly come in. A pause, then all hell breaks loose. The bridge is quite infectious and catchy and is the best part of the song, and the outro is basically the same as the intro, but you can hear the “space” noises which are in the next track. 5/5

7. Welcome to Bangkok- One of the two instrumental songs on the album. This is one of the songs that was written solely by Vin Accardi, the guitarist. Nothing really great about this track. It has another nice buildup that would probably sound more interesting if it wasn’t in an album full of songs with a nice buildup. Another weak point, but still above average. 3.5/5

8. Not the Sun- This, along with Archers, are the only two “immediate” tracks on the album. By immediate, I mean it doesn’t have a buildup, the song just gets right into it. It is a welcome break from the other type of song, and is just as good as the rest of the album. The bass-line in the beginning is a perfect transition coming from the previous track. This is easily the catchiest song on the album; it could fit right into Your Favorite Weapon. 4.5/5

9. Luca- After the last scream of Not the Sun, the mellow acoustic guitar that comes in is the best transition from one song to another in the entire album. The title of the song refers to a character from The godfather, Luca Brasi. Lyrically this is one of the best tracks on the album, with lines like, “Shimmering under a moon made in anger and angst, chimmering like a penny out of reach in a subway gate”. The bridge is incredibly soft, forcing the listener to ram up the volume, until Lacey starts screaming and our ears hurt. The outro is what makes this song, featuring yet another, albeit small, transition. 5/5

10. Untitled- The second instrumental track. This is instrumental, though there is a voice recording that cannot be understood. A necessary track after the wonderfully loud outro of Luca and going perfectly into the drumroll of Archers, but the song itself is pretty weak. The guitars are decent enough, reminiscent of “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd, but just not enough going on in the song to make it anything special. 2.5/5

11. Archers- The second immediate track. The song is quite good, with the guitar coming in softly at first and slowly increasing in volume. Although the song is immediate, it becomes more complex in the second verse. The drums get a little crazier and the guitar is louder and more intricate. Another strong track lyrically, including the best lyric in the entire album: “You’re shouting so loud you barely enjoy this broken thing, You’re a voice that never sings is what I say” 4.5/5

12. Handcuffs- The second soft track. What, you didn’t think just because this is the best album they’ve released, they’d change their ways and end the album with anything other than a soft beauty, did you? The lyrics for this track are written by guitarist Accardi, but clearly his songwriting was influenced heavily by Lacey, because there is no clear difference lyrically between this track and the others. “It’s hard to be a better man, when you forget you’re trying” could have easily come out of Lacey’s head as well. This track does actually involve instruments other than an acoustic guitar, but is still on the same level as the previous two album closers. 4.5/5

The album ends with a repetition, of sorts (2nd instrumental, 2nd immediate track, second soft track), but it doesn’t take anything away from the brilliance of the album. If anything, it adds to it, showing that they can produce two kinds of a track and make both wonderful, but different.

So what makes this album a 5? Only 1/3 of the songs are rated a 5. The answer is the flow of the album. When you listen to the album in its entirety, every musical change is brilliant. It's the overall composition that turns this album into a classic.

When I first saw the rating on sputnik for this album, I was reluctant to even try it, for I thought that it wasn’t possible that this album could be close to as good as Revolver by The Beatles. I thought that Sputnik was just madly in love with everything Brand New released. I was wrong. This album is undeniably a classic, and is the album that cements Brand New’s status as one of the best bands of the decade.



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Scoot
February 18th 2012



17684 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

another 5 review

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Beachcoma
February 18th 2012



526 Comments


Album desperately needed a review

Yazz_Flute
February 18th 2012



18764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Does any album on sputnik have more reviews than this one?

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AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
February 18th 2012



7315 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Saw them live on Thursday. Was pleased by how much of this they did.

Evreaia
February 18th 2012



3955 Comments


We already had 11 5/5 (last one was from last week if I'm correct), We really didn't need another one.

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 18th 2012



49802 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

This will have 100 5 reviews by the end of the year

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J0ckstrapsFTW
February 18th 2012



3652 Comments


Track list review? I made that mistake once... Did not end well

Shukal
February 18th 2012



59 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

review is not too bad but unnecessary and it's not exactly the best idea to do a track-by-track-review

boogs
February 18th 2012



222 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

25.........25 of them.........

FearThyEvil
February 18th 2012



12286 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I actually think this might be the most reviewed album on this site.

PistolPete
February 18th 2012



3561 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

he's a barca-fan, cannot therefore take rating seriously =P

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UnnamedOcean
February 18th 2012



3950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This totally needed another 5 review.

DarthMann
February 18th 2012



13476 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

dun

wacknizzle
February 18th 2012



12639 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I can't believe how many people have reviewed this album. Its definitely awesome but I didn't know it was that big a deal. Not too bad for a track by track review tho. This album has been in my car's cd player for a week and i still haven't taken it out.

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DarthMann
February 18th 2012



13476 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

but aren't you digging off minor - the death of universe?
why isn't that in your car's cd player???!!???!!!oneoneone!!1111

PistolPete
February 18th 2012



3561 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's become a rite of passage that if you join sputnik, you should probably post a review of what you think of this album to show everyone what it means to you.

iambandersnatch
February 18th 2012



1466 Comments


why is this band so important on sputnik

dammets
February 18th 2012



2035 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Cause they're really good. Sweet avatar btw. Deus Ex is amazing

wacknizzle
February 18th 2012



12639 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Lol Darth, I had that in and then put Devil and God in and it hasn't left, i've been meaning to go get back to it but yeah, you caught me, sorta.

DarthMann
February 18th 2012



13476 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

AWW I GOT TYOUUu!!!!

lol



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