Brand New
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me


4.5
superb

Review

by IAMSOEPIC USER (3 Reviews)
January 26th, 2016 | 58 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dark and dense, yet accessible, a shadowy air permeating every crevice where Jesse Lacey's plaintive and often tortured lyrics aren't already residing.

When Brand New released Deja Entendu in mid-2003, it caught a lot of their fans off guard. It found the band taking a stylistic leap forward from the clever (albeit cookie-cutter) pop-punk of their 2001 debut, exploring expanded sonic textures and indie rock overtones, their urgent choruses tempered by acoustic musings and softer introspections. It all seemed very deliberate yet completely natural all the same, and the record was an underground smash.

Something even more substantial was definitely brewing beneath the band's emo façade, and as a result, Brand New's follow-up was hotly anticipated for the three years it took the band to release it. The resulting The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me is the completion of their pop-punk molting process and one of the best surprises -- that isn't really a surprise at all -- to come out of 2006. Even when they were playing straightforward pop-punk ditties, Brand New had an edge to them that made them seem smarter than their peers; now they sound even older and stronger (and like they've been listening to a lot of '90s college and indie rock).

This record is dark and dense, yet accessible, a shadowy air permeating every crevice where Jesse Lacey's plaintive and often tortured lyrics aren't already residing. He draws listeners in with vulnerable ruminations and questions of love, death, self, and religion, and his vocal inflections bring as much meaning to the table as his carefully chosen words. The opening "Sowing Season" ebbs and flows steadily, moving along under light guitar before exploding with percussion, Lacey ably switching from a hushed delivery into an anguished cry of emotion before falling back down again effortlessly.

With it, Brand New sets up the somber intensity of the record straightaway. Textural and sonic layers unfold at every turn -- punching drums and trembling guitars here, aching vocals and subtle touches of string there -- and the album moves with a directed force that seems so naturally powerful and uncontrived, it's almost ridiculous to think that the band cut its teeth with poppy anthems like "Jude Law and a Summer Abroad." The Devil and God is not an album of hooks; the excellent percussive stomp of "The Archers Bows Have Broken" is the most immediate here, but songs get stuck in the brain nonetheless and demand repeated spins.

Old fans especially smitten by Deja's "Play Crack the Sky" have no excuse not to love everything about this record, as even lengthy tracks (like the near-eight-minute "Limousine" or the chill-inducing beauty of "Jesus") are completely compelling. People who were ready to discount Brand New into the emo/TRL heap of the 2000s better rethink their stance; Brand New seems to know exactly what they're doing and this record is a testament to their ability to stay true to themselves.

Whether they want to stay underground or fully break into the mainstream, this album has the potential to do either. Either way it doesn't really matter -- whatever happens, there's no denying how excellent this record is.


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Mort.
January 26th 2016


16534 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ahhh yes this needed another review

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Gyromania
January 26th 2016


32525 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

what is this, the 29th review now?

claygurnz
January 26th 2016


6578 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review for a very good (but overrated) album, have a pos. Agreed that this didn't need another review howerver.

Snake.
January 26th 2016


23204 Comments


jesus

Gyromania
January 26th 2016


32525 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

christ

IAMSOEPIC
January 26th 2016


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn... i didn't see this album had so many reviews... I was just re-visitng it...

onionbubs
January 26th 2016


13328 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

not enough people talk about the guitar feedback at the end of limousine. one of the album's greatest moments for me, besides the second half of Luca.



dont worry about the amount of reviews this has, it's better than plenty of this album's other reviews. you did a good job with this.

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zakalwe
January 26th 2016


34428 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Needs another 800 page thread of tat thrown at this bollocks.



I'll start - Album is lies.



IAMSOEPIC
January 26th 2016


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you!

claygurnz
January 26th 2016


6578 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Probably the most debated album on this whole site lol.

Artuma
January 26th 2016


32309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

right after hounds of love

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IAMSOEPIC
January 26th 2016


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I gotta do a review of Hounds of Love then! Haha!

DoofusWainwright
January 26th 2016


19991 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Finally, a definitive TDAG review

SharkTooth
January 26th 2016


14269 Comments


Finally, I was wondering when someone would review this

DoofusWainwright
January 26th 2016


19991 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Is this review #30?

wtferrothorn
January 26th 2016


5849 Comments


I think it's the 33rd actually

zakalwe
January 26th 2016


34428 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"Dark and dense, yet accessible, a shadowy air permeating every crevice where Jesse Lacey's plaintive and often tortured lyrics aren't already residing."



Bin

DoofusWainwright
January 26th 2016


19991 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'm picturing Zak sitting next to a bin filled with copies of TDAG lol



EDITED FOR MORT

Mort.
January 26th 2016


16534 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Is he going to eat said bun?

DoofusWainwright
January 26th 2016


19991 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Actually scrap that, it's more like a massive dumpster spilling copies onto a landfill while Zak watches on, the seagulls circling overhead.



It's...its...beautiful



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