Brand New
Deja Entendu



by simonz USER (3 Reviews)
July 13th, 2006 | 34 replies

Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Every now and then, you lay ears on an album that blows you away on such a great level that it makes elements of your own life lose significance and/or help you understand them on a deeper level. It may not be the instrumentation itself, it may not the lyrics but the album just gets you on a whole different level. And even if you grow old of it, that period of your life can be defined by that very album.

Deja Entendu, french for 'Already Heard', was released in 2003 but it wasn't until 2005 where this work of Jesse Lacey and his boys first graced my ears as a whole. Previously i had only heard such tracks as 'Sic Transit Gloria' and 'The Quiet Things' and as great as they are, they were no representation of the album.

The album of 11 tracks fluctuates on different levels of emotion. From the slow soothing sounds of 'Tautou' to the upbeat dramatics of 'Sic Transit Gloria', from the calm aggression in 'Okay I Believe You.." to desperate reminiscent cries of 'The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot' and from the intimate provocations of 'Me vs. Maradona vs. Elvis' to the calm ocean feel of 'Play Crack The Sky'. This album will take you on the clichťd emotional rollercoaster and when it all ends, you'll be left gasping for air, reflecting on what just went by and then grasping at the now petty reality.

Track By Track

1. Tautou
Essentially an introduction, this track is slow and eases itself in with the fading voice of Jesse repeating 'I'm sinking like a stone in the sea, I'm burning like a bridge for your body.' The mellow guitar adds to the soothing flavour. Short and sweet.

2. Sic Transit Gloria...Glory Fades
Beginning with the upbeat catchy bass line, this song is a real pick up from the opener. Jesse comes in with his subtle almost conversative voice. Verses build up leading to the chorus where instrumentation kicks in. The scream of 'die young and save yourself' ends the chorus and the song on an eventual high. Lyrics tell of a sexual experience. Very good, vintage Brand New.

3. I Will Play My Game Beneath The Spin Light
Quicker paced song with acoustic guitaring in the verses. Chorus kicks in with full band. Jesse voice is very consolidating without exploding. Bridge is where this song peaks combining all the elements of this song. Lyrics are about the shortcomings of the touring life. Nothing special but far from skip worthy.

4. Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don't
Don't let the corny title deceive you, this is one the best songs on the album. Slow, soft verses really showcase Jesse's calm aggressive vocals which perfectly fit the lyrics. Powerful chorus is contrasting to the verses and work to mind blowing effect. The soft verses-heavy chorus formula of Brand New is epitomised here and Iím definitely not complaining. A touch of class. Sublime brilliance.

5. The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows
Classic pop-punk formulaic song though Jesseís vocals really set it apart. Quiet intro builds into steady verses which in turn leads towards an explosive chorus. The dual relay screaming vocals work splendidly and really define the song. The song reaches greater heights during the bridge, where Jesse loses it, and the final chorus, where another layer of vocals are thrown in to amazing effect. Lyrics seem to be of relationships. A showcase of excellence.

6. The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot
Using acoustic guitaring, this song slows the album down but that doesnít slow the quality. The chorus rests the music at some points, focusing on the lyrics to great effect. Jesseís vocals seem to relay between desperation and optimism and vocal modulation really define the song. Goes against theyíre soft verses-heavy chorus formula. Lyrics tell of a break up. Genuinely heart warming.

7. Jaws Theme Swimming
The song begins with a very weird yet catchy guitar line throughout the verses with Jesseís voice slowly building up. Choruses consist of strong dual vocals and aggressive instrumentation. Bridge carries on the aggression of early choruses, with final choruses having more structure. Lyrics seem to be a commentary on life. Special in a unique kind of way.

8. Me vs. Maradona vs. Elvis
The majority of this song has Jesseís vocals and the only instrumentation at an barely audible level yet what sounds like would turn out into a tragedy works out well. Lyrics tell of a intrusive sexual experience, bordering rape. The subtlety of the song probably emphasizes the seriousness of the lyrical content. The song begins kicks in three-quarters of the way through with the song ending in a more powerful manner. The best things in life come in the small volumes.

9. Guernica
The drumming dominants the instrumentation during the verses with Jesseís vocals modulating appropriately. The chorus takes a more aggressive approach with dual vocals. Bridge displays screaming attributes of the vocalists. A highlight is where Jesse sings a line with no instrumentation. A change in approach musically but seems a touch bland. Doesnít float my boat.

10. Good To Know That If I Ever Need Attention All I Need To Do Is Die
The song has a dreamy, hazy feel and sounds unlike most Brand New works. In case you think itís another band, Brand New returns for the chorus with aggressive guitaring and classic Jesse singing. The guitar soloing throughout the later parts of the song are a fresh change, as is the slow fade out. Is a bit on the long side. A breathe of fresh air.

11. Play Crack The Sky
The album ends with an acoustic track which Jesse has been quoted saying as his favourite Brand new song. It isnít hard to see why. Jesseís musical talent is really on show with his amazing vocals and his guitar work. The calm ocean feel is a work of genius as it appropriately portrays the lyrics about a shipwreck. This song gives me shivers down my spine every time and my hands down favourite track. Acoustic perfection.

So maybe I over hyped the album a little too much at the beginning of this review. I realized this after analyzing the album track by track, but thatís the thing. This album as a whole possesses that something, an X factor if you will, that just gives the album that edge and influence. Brand New will be releasing a new album later this year and from what demos that Iíve heard itíll be nothing short of amazing but the masterpiece that is Deja Entendu will forever have itís place in my cd player.

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July 13th 2006


lay ears on an album


Very good first review. I like this album.This Message Edited On 07.13.06

The Jungler
July 13th 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

Oh man, not a five in anyway shape or form. This is a good CD (from what I've heard) but it is not a classic.

That said, decent review.

The Sludge
July 13th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

Good job, but to alot of people, it is a 5 star album. To me its close, but needed a bit more diversity. But I cant really imagine how the songs would sound if it did have that added push, whether it would be a good or bad thing.

July 13th 2006


no matter what new bands i listen to, i always come back to this album and it amazes me more every time. definately a classic for me. good review

July 13th 2006


good review for your first one. Although, aside from American Idiot, this is one of the most reviewed albums on the site. If you want more people to see your review, do something that no one has done, or that someone has done an extremely negative/positive review for. Or, you could always be like that fairy I Luv a tard and review the disney princess collection. :-D

The Jungler
July 13th 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

6 reviews isn't that bad. Besides it's his first, lots of people review commonly reviewed things for their first review.

The Sludge
July 13th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

Well its dimming on my chances to review this in the future, I've been meaning to start it, but couldn't. Plus this review actually hits everything on how I feel about it, so now there wont be a need for me to review it.

Two-Headed Boy
July 13th 2006


Album Rating: 2.5

The calm ocean feel


Okay review. Small oddities like the aforementioned could've been ironed out, though.

Oddly, I've never heard a Brand New song.

July 13th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

Decent first review (although from a professional stand-point, it's atrocious as it is song-by-song and I personally think that should be a bannable offense), with some weird wordings but generally well motivated.

I like this album, less now than I did a while ago, but it's certainly up there among pop-punk greats for me.

July 15th 2006


Album Rating: 2.5

Dude. This is NOT a 5-star album, not by a long shot. It's decent for a somewhat experimental pop-punk record but it's not a classic. A passable 1st review though, but try to stay away from t-b-t reviews and in the future be a little more critical, especially considering that there are unquestionably some glaring flaws in this record (massive repetition, boring instrumentation, not all that original, etc.). It's so damn overrated as an album and Brand New is horribly overrated as a band. I fail to see how they've ever done anything musically significant... 2.5/5

The Sludge
July 15th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

Well if the track by tracks are done right, then I'm all for it. Which in this case, it was done right. So probably lay off of him on that.

Well this album will either tickle your fancy, or leave you hanging. There are people (including myself) that cant wait to see what BN does next, which I hope it expands off this sound into a more alt rock feel.

July 16th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

im listening to it right now

i love it

maybe not a 5, but definitely up there

July 16th 2006


I thought this review had a lot of potential before it went in to a track-by-track. People (i.e. me) don't want to read about songs they've never heard and likely never will, but reading about an album as a whole is different. Anyway, decent effort, there are a few mistakes you could clean up with an edit but nice work for your first one. Be a little careful with what you rate as "5" as well - I'm not saying this isn't (I've not heard it) - but remember that by giving it '5' you are saying it is musical perfection.

July 20th 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

i thought track by track was the flavour of the week on this site and that was probably the only reason i did it. as you can probably read it became really generic in that section and it was something even i knew as i was writing it. i guess ill know better for future reference.

November 2nd 2006


Undoubtedly one of the best albums i've ever heard.
Some of Jesse's lyrics are so underrated.

Oh and good review!This Message Edited On 11.02.06

November 26th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

I don't agree with the rating by any means, but still a good review. Oh, and yeah, Play Crack The Sky sends shivers down my spine every time too!

March 20th 2007


Album Rating: 4.5

Great review even though I don't like Track By Tracks, and also I LOVE this album but it is not even close to being a classic. keep up the good work!

July 4th 2008


Album Rating: 3.5

I really wanted to LOVE this album but the lack of diversity mad this a 3.5 at the most. It seemed like when they had an amazing verse they would mess it up with a lackluster chorus & vice versa. Tautou, The Quite Things, Sic Transit Gloria & Play Crack the Sky are very good but doest compare to the near classic of The Devil & God Are Raging Inside Me.

July 4th 2008


Album Rating: 3.5

I really wanted to LOVE this album but the lack of diversity mad this a 3.5 at the most.

Yeah that's the problem with both this band and TBS tbh. But that being said, TD&GARIM was diverse/awesome.

July 4th 2008


Album Rating: 3.5

I really wanted to LOVE this album but the lack of diversity mad this a 3.5 at the most. It seemed like when they had an amazing verse they would mess it up with a lackluster chorus & vice versa. Tautou, The Quite Things, Sic Transit Gloria & Play Crack the Sky are very good but doest compare to the near classic of The Devil & God Are Raging Inside Me.
yeah pretty much

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