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|Brand New: Neek'd|
It's finally here
Your Favorite Weapon
What can I say? Even if it's very good for it's genre, it's still straightforward pop-punk. And while "Jude Law and a Semester Abroad" might be one of my favorite pop-punk songs, the majority of other tracks are just too similar sounding and never even scrape the heights of it. The lyrics here are often pretty cringey (i.e., "Mixtape"), and it seems that "Soco Amaretto Lime" and the beautiful "No Seatbelt Song" are so successful due to their variation from the rest of the album. It's just chock full of merely good songs with not much to remember aside from a couple choice cuts.
While a bold step up in the right direction from YFW, Deja Entendu still retains a slightly amateurish vibe both musically and lyrically. Excellent songs like "Sic Transit Gloria..." and "Okay I Believe You, but My Tommy Gun Don't" are nearly torn apart by cut-and-paste choruses, and most of the songs feel stitched together with half-hearted transitions between different sections. It didn't hold up very well after multiple listens either.
Leaked Demos 2006
It's probably wrong to consider this as a legitimate release to rank, but the quality of these demos deems it worthy in my eyes. While they're nowhere near the level of TDAG, I'm glad we were able to get the opportunity to hear these songs as they were. The basic demo for "Sowing Season" is just as devastating in its minimal nature, and I can't believe that some form of "Nobody Moves" didn't get released on the album. These are just great tunes, completed or not.
Hulking, rage-fueled, and nightmare-worthy, Daisy is a rapid fire collection of songs and ideas that shouldn't mesh nearly as well as they did. Quite the opposite of Deja, Daisy only grows on me on further listens thanks to the incredibly dense sound and structure, as well as likely the best lyrics ever featured on a Brand New album. There's something beautiful and warm about this album that all of its dread and supposed inaccessibility can't cover, and for an album born out of contradiction, I wouldn't have it any other way.
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
The first time I heard "Sowing Season" on Guitar Hero 5 (yes I know I'm a pleb), I knew that I had to seek out this album. As I soaked it in for the first time, I couldn't believe my ears. I was totally blown away. Today I still feel that way when I listen to The Devil and God. Though my love for it may come in waves, I will never deny how important of an album it was for my musical growth; it's daring lack of control, it's abrasive variety, it's introspective lyrics. It's simply a goddamn amazing album.
For all I know I'm just caught up in the hype of this release far longer than anyone else was, but I can't deny that my reaction to Science Fiction was even greater to TDAG the first time I heard that. Will it change my view on music forever in the same way? Probably not. But this isn't a nostalgia ranking, and I do truly believe that Science Fiction is overall just a more consistent, cohesive, just plain better album. Maybe that'll change in time, but honestly I can't see it happening anytime soon.
|Suck it Sowing (jk love you)|
|"The basic demo for "Sowing Season" is just as devastating in its minimal nature, and I can't believe that some form of "Nobody Moves" didn't get released on the album."|
This x10000000. That Sowing Season demo especially, when the chorus kicks in and hes ringing out those chords, it's just goddamn beautiful.
Even though I don't quite agree with the rankings, I can't argue with your thought process. Good job sir!
|Agreed hard man, and thanks I appreciate it! : )|
What would yours look like?
|#1 TGAD, with #2 Daisy, literally right behind and possibly getting the #1 nod at some point in my life.|
And at this point I have SF, Deja, and the Demos all kind of in the same tier, although SF is certainly a better album overall.
So for my personal enjoyment, I would say #3 Deja, #4 SF, #5 Demos, and #6 YFW chilling all by itself, although I still dig it.
Science Fiction is most definitely better written, more mature, explores more themes, and has much more variance, but it just doesn't leave me dying to hear it over and over again yet. Deja was also when I first got into BN, so there's that lol
|Nobody Moves is a top 10 Brand New track, would've said top 5 before SF came out|
|Same on 6 honestly, fair ranking, I like seeing Daisy that high!|
|Yeah Daisy kicks ass|
|Tdag is best|
|Only thing we don't agree on is the ranking of Science Fiction Neek. Solid list m8. |
|1 is 1 gj and 3 should be 2|
|@Thanks y'all and Lethal I can get behind that|
|This list really adds to ongoing debate of which Brand New album is the best|
|Not a bad ranking tbh, I just disagree on the ordering of the top 3. Nice to see a different take. |
|@Zippa can't tell if sarcasm or genuine... either way thanks!|
@Sowing, thought you might appreciate it nevertheless haha, tried to explain my reasoning best I could
|Still might drop Deja to a 3.5|
|1 is 3rd but other than that man great order!|
|Solid list bud. You get it's and its mixed up a few times, but otherwise well written. Ranking makes sense to me other than the placement of Science Fiction, wouldn't have expected it so high. Awesome that you're still enjoying it so much though. |
@Asleep, appreciate it man haha I had a feeling I would slip up with that sooner or later
|I do it all the time mate haha, it's no biggie |
|Shoulda said "its" lol|
|Seems we have similar thoughts, good list mate|
|For sure man, you too!|