Brand New
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me


5.0
classic

Review

by Ponton EMERITUS
March 13th, 2015 | 51 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I killed him too

Jesus Christ, that's a pretty face, one that I've seen depicted and portrayed everywhere, from the Vatican in Rome to the private school where I received my primary education, as a Hollywood-like celebrity of literal glowing beauty with lush flowing locks of hair, whose character is typically wearing a robe ever so gently gracing the ground. It's with disappointment that upon entering my adolescence I learned that the most astute researchers of the Christian faith actually have little evidence to back up the accuracy of these portraits. The version of Christ that I had grown up with as a child had suddenly been lost to me, and in more ways one. With my increasing age came the presence of many more outside influences to distract me. The line between good and bad began to blur, one veil was replaced with another, so to speak, and a war began to rage on the inside of my being: two polar opposites converged upon each other, both seemingly equal in their strength, where once before one had clearly ruled the day.


Like I and so many others, Jesse Lacey seemingly found himself in a very like situation after having left South Shore Christian School. This feeling of insecurity with one's faith, born of outside influences and inward doubt, is the crux of Brand New's The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me. It's an album that defines the unsteady spiritual state of many of Christ's followers, but is not strictly limited to those listeners in its appeal. The analogy of the Devil and God being at war can be extended and shifted to the polar combating ends of different philosophies and various other religions just take your pick from which conflict(s) to identify with. Above all, Lacey's appeal as a songwriter comes in his blatant honesty, seemingly removed from pride and arrogance, able to come down to our level like many of the legendary songwriters and just share with us in our uncertainties. The band act as spokesmen for our stasis of rabbit-like terror; truly, there are few things more frightening to human beings than when realizing that everything is not in our control and when our core security, upon which many base their lives, is put into question.


This is why The Devil and God is an album that defines the decade, placing so high on our collaborative best-of lists everywhere: it illustrates with sound where so many of us are in our lives, that turning point of picking a side or standing in the middle of the war undecided, between whatever or whomever the forces may be. It is not the most accessible of Brand New's discography, though by its nature it's probably best that it is not. The Devil and God is a weighted listen, fully involving, taking from our emotions unrelentingly and hitting on the doubt that most of us generally like to keep hidden. You'll find that Lacey is careful to keep his targets on rotation, never exclusively pointing the finger at God, His believers, or even himself. If anything, this just solidifies the theme of uncertainty that Brand New entangle the album in. There's no one directly responsible anymore; it's a war now, and all you can do is get out of the way and wait for it to end, pick a side, or pretend it's not even real. Whichever way you choose, The Devil and God stands as a gateway to the conflict, a buffer, a pillow even, and a reminder that not everything is certain, especially the very foundations of which that many of us build our lives upon.



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makrand
March 12th 2015


52 Comments


Shouldn't this be in the staff section? What's wrong here!

makrand
March 12th 2015


52 Comments


You write such fantastic reviews ponton. Cheers

RoundOnEndHiInMiddle
March 12th 2015


895 Comments


What's wrong here!

there are two things:
1. you asked a question w/o a question mark
2. this album got another review

Ponton
Emeritus
March 12th 2015


6136 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I stole it from myself



Thanks



Also I may be getting fired I guess but support the ponton

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makrand
March 12th 2015


52 Comments


Thanks grammar nazi I love my exclamation marks yo.

makrand
March 12th 2015


52 Comments


That 1 of 7 tho.

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
March 12th 2015


16757 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review, Jesus has such incredible lyrics

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Ponton
Emeritus
March 12th 2015


6136 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

At the gates will Thomas ask to see my hands?

SowingSeason
Moderator
March 12th 2015


25033 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

You're my new best friend

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Killerhit
March 12th 2015


6007 Comments


shit dude that's an honor

Ponton
Emeritus
March 12th 2015


6136 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

You remember this right? You worked on the list with us? I think



I love all you

SowingSeason
Moderator
March 12th 2015


25033 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

What list? Are you talking to me?

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
March 13th 2015


22454 Comments


"Shouldn't this be in the staff section?"

Staff reviews of older albums (any previous year) no longer appear in the Staff Section. Well, it's either that or Jared's been fired for being drunk & disorderly again!

Oh, and one more thing: Deja Entendu > Devil & God.




Ponton
Emeritus
March 13th 2015


6136 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

User decade list

Ponton
Emeritus
March 13th 2015


6136 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Davey... You can't be serious.



IMA drive down there

TheSupernatural
March 13th 2015


1661 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This needed another review?

makrand
March 13th 2015


52 Comments


OK thanks wasn't aware.

SowingSeason
Moderator
March 13th 2015


25033 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Oh I get it, sarcasm. ; )



And yeah those were fun days. 2010 ftw.

RoundOnEndHiInMiddle
March 13th 2015


895 Comments


doesn't make it any less true makrand

SowingSeason
Moderator
March 13th 2015


25033 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Yeah Davey, what the hell. Deja is like a 4.9, not even close to this obviously. Commence public shunning.



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