Brand New
Your Favorite Weapon



by USER (43 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 45 replies

Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Band: Brand New
Album: Your Favourite Weapon
Released: 08/09/2001 (Re-released 10/03/2003)

After being blown away by the smash hit "The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows" from their sophomore album Deja Entendu, I decided to dive deeper into the world of Brand New. Then I found out their latest album had been discontinued, and was left with an album I knew nothing about, named Your Favourite Weapon. But, trusting my instincts and what I heard from that 1 song, I decided to purchase the CD and give it a chance. I'm so glad I did.

The Shower Scene - 8/10
A great opening to the album. No stupid intros, just getting straight into the song. This is like no other BN song in my opinion, with it's hardcore riffs, fast beats and distorted vocals, this is a one of a kind. Yet it works well with Jesse's lyrics. A great start to the album...

Jude Law And A Semester Abroad - 8/10
This song is catchy and one of the best off the album. It has catchy lyrics ("But it's the genie at the bottom who I'm sulking at/He owes me one last wish!"). The great guitar melodies and drum beats add to the songs pop punk style, making this another classic Brand New song.

Sudden Death In Carolina - 7/10
A very happy intro with quick riffs lead into a slower, more emotional song. The difference between this and JLAASA is that this is exactly the same, and nothing stands out. Nevertheless, this is a great song with amazing lyrics.

Mix Tape - 8/10
This is a different song from the last two. First half is very slow and quiet, with lyrics sung very emotionally. This leads into the heavier second half, with the same lyrics but changed slightly. A good recovery from the last repetitive song.

Failure By Design - 8/10
Another slowish intro builds up to a melodic verse. This is another Jude Law..., but this has something special. It is different and slower, and the lyrics are more meaningful. There isn't really much more you can say about this song, but it is another reasons why this album should be bought.

Last Chance To Lose Your Keys - 7/10
Another Sudden Death In Carolina, with nothing really special and unique to offer, but it still gets the job done. Reminds me of Dawson's Creek for some reason, which is strange because I have never seen the show.

Logan To Government Center - 6/10
One thing is certain by now. Brand New have a talent; they can write great story-telling lyrics that go with catchy and melodic, yet heavy riffs. But their songs are basically the same. This is another example. The same "I hate you, biatch!" lyrics and same riffs. The bridge stands out though, very interesting.

The No-Seatbelt Song - 8/10
By now I'm dying for something different. This is just that. A slow song with the lyrics used before work well for Brand New. This is a deep song with not a lot of musical value to offer, but the lyrics are so emotional that you forget about the acoustic. A great song.

Seventy Times 7 - 10/10
I rarely give 10/10's away, but this deserves it. The "mosh-friendly" intro leads up to a fast paced song, which eventually dies down into one of the greatest bridge's I have ever heard. The lyrics are very deep again ("And you can think of me when you forget your seatbelt/and again when your head goes through the windshield") and the musical value is great. The best song on the CD IMO...

Secondary - 7/10
Now the album is losing it's energy again. This sounds repetitive again and feels empty and lifeless. The chorus is another stanza of heartbreak and the music is again another JLAASA.

Magazines - 8/10
This sounds like another Jude Law..., but it is actually quite good. The verses are a bit strange witht he break, and the chrouses are hard to spot as they go straight from the verse, which makes this song good to me. The quiet part finishes off this song for me, with catchy and meaningful lyrics.

Soco Amaretto Lime - 8/10
Another acoustic song to finish off the album. Again, the musical value is overtaken by the story the lyrics tell, yet the guitar is still noticeable and adds to the songs feeling. This is a great finish to the album, and the end of the song where it skips like a vinyl sounds affective and cool.

After listening to a few repetitive songs, and some that stand out a lot as masterpieces by this band, Brand New have proved that they can make an emo album into a collection of chapters and memories. Their ability to create the story-telling like lyrics and blend them with melodic yet heavy riffs is unique, and this proves that they can do it right.

So after listening to a novel of past experiences, romance turned bad and friendships turned to animosity, I have a lot of respect for Brand New, and believe they can get far. If you have heard Deja Entendu, expecting another sophomore album, dont! This is more energetic and heavy than their latest release. Yet, you should buy it to see what they have matured into.

I give it 4.5 smiley faces out of 5

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February 27th 2004


that's only 3.5 faces...

February 28th 2004


Decent enough album, but "You could get me on the phone and you couldn't make me not alone" aren't going to win any Caldecott Medals or receive any discussion in lyric groups. In my opinion, this is more an album of songs they made in high school, maybe with some as they graduated, but not the work of a mature band, at least not in the sense they display on Deja Entendu. About half of the album is good or great but then there are spots where their inspiration seems to fall off, making "this is one more sleepless night because we don't believe in filler" ironic. For that, I give it a 3/5 at most... And I would like to say that maybe my review of Deja Entendu was a bit harsh.

July 2nd 2004


i think you should use :rolleyes: instead of :upset:
... :upset: seems a bit harsh
lol :cool:

July 2nd 2004


deja entendu is discontinued? that makes absolutely no sense.

July 3rd 2004


Who ever said Deja was discontinued?

July 3rd 2004


seventy times seven is a great song...

also, the whole story behind it is quite intreging (dunno how to spell that)

July 3rd 2004


Even though I really dislike Brand New, I like this album alot more than Deja. Most people say this one sucks but I don't know, there's something about this album that makes it better.

July 3rd 2004


I guess it was good review, but I have trouble seeing how people on these boards like meiocre, semi-crap like brand new, and then dis bands like, say, Creed for having no talent, and Hoobastank for having bad lyrics. (I mean, hoobastank DOES have bad lyrics, but they aren't ANYWHERE near as bad as Brand new).

July 3rd 2004


Read the lyrics to something off of Deja Entendu. It's not Yeats or Whitman, but it's decent, and "The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot" is decent. It's a lot better of an "I'm sorry" song than Hoobastank's "The Reason". Admittedly, this album's lyrics are pretty bad sometimes (I'm looking at you, lyrics to "Logan to Government Center") and the end part of "Soco Amaretto Lime" (with "You're just jealous 'cause we're young and in love") always makes me think of "Girls Just Want to Have Fun". It's almost as bad as "I'm spinning out of control, out of control!" That song should have been about hydroplaning and it would have been fine.

And Creed's talent was in Tremonti, whether you like the band or not (I despised them).

The point is that I am always right. The only person with more absolute authority is Maddox. Good luck trying to disprove that.

July 3rd 2004


brand new is a great band. idk y ppl said this album sucked it was awsome. they wrote most of the lyrics in high school which i think for high school these lyrics were good. This cd brings back memories wen brand new used to be a local band for me

July 5th 2004


jesse lacey is an awesome lyricist.

July 5th 2004


Of course, if you get kicks out of bashing bands to make you feel "cool" and "in the in crowd" then go ahead, you are only making yourself look like a fool

Bashing bands? If you think that what I said is bashing a band, you must not have been around these boards for long. And yet, I see you have over six thousand posts, so I wonder why you think I was bashing this band. Just start a topic about Creed, and you'll see people bashing bands.

I OWN your favorite weapon, and I listen to it every once in a while. I don't think its crap, I just don't see how the same board that accuses Hoobastank of being unoriginal (Yeah, maybe they aren't, but their are TONS of bands less original), and Creed of having no talent (Does anyone besides the guitar player matter anyway? Tremonti is an awesome guitarist. And Scott Philips is at least good enough at drums to make it sound good--even if he does recycle the same beat like a billion times), can say this album is anything special.

July 5th 2004


Jesse Lacey is a Lyrical Genious.

July 5th 2004


[QUOTE=tadams115]Jesse Lacey is a Lyrical Genious.[/QUOTE] :thumb:


July 5th 2004


It's "genius" and "definitely".

Jesse is not a lyrical genius by any stretch. He's just pretty damn good when he tries.

August 20th 2004


Great album. Got it a few days ago, The No Seatbelt Song is my favorite song on the album at the moment but there are alot of good songs. The lyrics in 'Seventy Times Seven' are fantastic.

August 20th 2004


[QUOTE=RollerQueen]It's "genius" and "definitely".

Jesse is not a lyrical genius by any stretch. He's just pretty damn good when he tries.[/QUOTE]

I agree...this album is good, I'd give it a 3, maybe a 3.5. :thumb:

August 21st 2004


I'm more geared toward TBS but they're similar in some ways..The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows is ok, lyrics are somewhat better than TBS's and maybe I wanna listen to this one, but for pop punk, I'm more interested right now in Through Being Cool and Clarity(both I've never heard before but people say they're good). I'll check this one out sometime..

August 21st 2004


Clarity by Jimmy Eat World?

August 21st 2004


Yup. Isn't that pop punk?? I'd like to buy that one.. really makes me curious..

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