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Science Fiction Ranked

The inevitable AOTY ranked according to the site's biggest fanboy.
1Brand New
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"In The Water" - The combination of the sprawling, flowing feel and western guitar licks drive this track. Jesse's chorus just sounds so liberating and relieved, as if the weight of the world has just been lifted off his shoulders. The build to the impressive electric guitar solo is one of the best things this band has ever done. The creepy throwback to the Daisy title track (Just As I Am spoken verse) is the cherry on top. Overall a top 5 Brand New song. (5.0 / 5.0)
2Brand New
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"Same Logic/Teeth" - This is like the best of both Brand New's - you get the twangy, Modest-Mouse like vocals in the majority of the verses, and the over-the-top, angry screaming Lacey of TDAG's most intense moments in the latter choruses. The way the acoustic guitars keep on picking away even amidst the fiery, coarse screams is a subtle stroke of genius, as is the way the song returns to a harmonic vocal bit before the end. If the "bottom of the ocean" vocals ruin this song for you then you're probably the type of person who doesn't tip their waitress because there was a piece of dirt on the handle of the salad fork. (4.7 / 5.0)
3Brand New
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"Lit Me Up" - Easily the most unsettling song in the band's catalog, and I mean that in a good way. Honestly I could just listen to a 6 minute track of the opening therapy dialogue. The "burn like a witch in a puritan town" and "when I grow up, I want to be a heretic" lines are among the best on the album. Such a great slow-burner, and a very bold move to open the album with it. (4.5 / 5.0).
4Brand New
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"137" - In the wake of all this N.Korea shit, this track hits unnervingly close to home. "Let's all go play Nagasaki / we can all get vaporized"...fuck. The guitar solo towards the end just sounds like nuclear fallout. It's like Brand New's version of mewithoutYou's 'Ranbow Sings', and anyone who has heard that song realizes just what a hefty compliment that actually is. (4.5 / 5.0)
5Brand New
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"Can't Get It Out" - The lost Deja magahit. This song just feels like it was ripped straight from the era of emo-pop rockers, like it could have been on NHL 2004 along with 'The Quiet Things.' The part when he shouts "I'm just a manic depressive" in the chorus gives me chills. (4.4 / 5.0)
6Brand New
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"451" - I don't care what anyone says, this is an amazing song. If the above song was the lost Deja tune, then this is the best Daisy song that never saw the light of day until now. It's tons of fun, upbeat, angry, and catchy as fucking fuck. A great "last hurrah" to go out on (it's the penultimate song preceding Batter Up) and you can tell Jesse and company enjoyed writing this one. Gonna kill in a live setting. (4.4 / 5.0)
7Brand New
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"Batter Up" - A fully matured 'Soco Amaretto Lime', this was the best song to end the record and Brand New's career. It's unspectacular but gorgeous, and the lyrics hit you right in the feels if you've followed the band for their entire career. "It's never gonna stop / batter up...". (4.3 / 5.0)
8Brand New
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"Desert" - The high pitched vocal call backs here are awesome and make this so, so fun to sing along to. The lyrics are from the perspective of a bigoted man convinced the end of the world is at hand, and regardless of your viewpoint it's an interesting take. (4.2 / 5.0)
9Brand New
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"Out of Mana" - Probably deserves to go higher than this, but oh well. The way the electric riffs keep on searing away in the background of pretty much this entire song is awesome. The beautifully harmonized, stutter-stepping vocals are awesome too. Oh god I forgot about the little acoustic ditty at the end; that totally should have been a fully fleshed out song it's so good. (4.2 / 5.0)
10Brand New
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"Waste" - One of the most memorable songs on the album even if it's fairly basic/straightforward. The "every night you were tripping out" part is pretty much unforgettable, as are the implications of the line "don't lose hope, this is the last one." This ranks near the bottom of this album just because of how good the whole thing is...for any other indie-rock band this would probably be an album highlight. (4.1 / 5.0)
11Brand New
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"Could Never Be Heaven" - This started out as my least favorite track but eventually leapfrogged 'No Control.' It's very bare-bones, but the whole Paul Simon thing he has going on here is stunning. The lyrical analogy to slowly sinking underwater into an old, sunken old mining town is oddly alluring for some reason. (3.9 / 5.0)
12Brand New
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"No Control" - This has been getting the most negative feedback so far, and it's probably justified. It's actually not a bad song, just sort of straightforward and formulaic. It doesn't go in as many directions as it could have - like they could have had it launch fully into the mini-punk song they tacked on at the end instead of having that part just die out. The laughter at the end is the stuff nightmares are made of. Track reminds me a lot of Bed in the sense that it's kind of just there. It's a good song but lower on this particular band's range of creativity. (3.6 / 5.0)
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