A brand new Brand New album! Wow, I bet they've never heard that lame pun-type comment before. "Wow! Your band name is Brand New, therefore you must be a brand new band!" Grr.

Okay, it's been a long while since I've done a music related review, mostly because it's not my forte`. You've got devout music listener people like Gawkman and The Boy whom are more qualified to review this stuff, however sometimes I gotta like express my thangs for some music I likes. KILL!

Sinkin' like a stone in the sea...

Good old anti-love music. I bet you might be thinking I'm a sick person for liking music that contradicts the subject of love. If you'll notice... the trend of writing love songs is still around. And, of course, it's the moneymaker of songwriting. This is where all the cutesy high school kids all start thinking that the love song fairy tales will come true someday.

Fuck all of that crap. Sorry, but the majority of those love songs are written for money. That's it. Nothing more. So you can basically call them "Money Songs." It's very rare that a very good love song from any given band seems more than just a moneymaker. So what you're hearing on the radio, or what you might be hearing on MTV, is stupid, corporate idealistic crap.

Then you say, "But... I like that song!"

That's because that's all you've heard. If all the CDs you own is the result of hearing songs on the radio (or on MTV), that means you're in the vast majority of the population. You're a photocopy of everyone else. How does that make you feel? Stupid? Good.

Better than YOU!


Brand New has somewhat of a radio sound, but their lyrics are intelligent and the meaning behind all their songs are real. Basically, Brand New is REAL. How can one tell what real music, opposed to fake music?

How about an analogy. Picture two girls right now, both attractive. One is smart with her looks, and the other is obsessed with them. How can you tell which one is smart, and the other obsessed? One way is makeup. The smart one wears her makeup with the mindset of, "Makeup is to cover up blemishes and enhance my features." The obsessed one wears her makeup thinking, "I wear makeup to create a better face than the one I have." The result is this: The smart girl doesn't look like she's wearing makeup, and the obsessed one has it plastered on her face.

Brand New is smart, natural music. They look past unnecessary crap, and write what they really feel. They don't care about appealing to the photocopies of people out there. This band takes their experiences as human beings, and expresses them without worry. The music doesn't conform to the trendy high school crowd, or a giant group of screaming little girls - which is something more that this industry needs. But all you people who don't expand your musical horizons beyond the radio/MTV prevent this from happening. 'Tis a shame. But I digress.

I like the track names.

There's not enough room to explain the greatness of this album. It's not heavy (which has generally been the genre I listen to), but it's just as brutal. Not through distortion, or through a double-bass frenzy, but through words. To give an example of it's brutality, and how explosive it is from the normal stuff, here's a snippet from track 8, "Me vs. Maradona vs. Elvis:"

"...Barely conscious in the door where you stand. Your eyes are fighting sleep while your mouth makes demands. You laugh at every word trying too hard to be cute. I almost feel sorry for what I'm gonna do...[snip]

...and you're using all your looks that you've thrown from the start. If you let me have my way, I swear I'll tear you apart. 'Cause it's all you can be. You're a drunk and you're scared. It's ladies night and all the girls drink for free."

Now, take that as you will. I've drawn my conclusions with the meaning behind those lyrics, but you don't wanna hear them. All I have to say is... well, it's not typical. It's fresh, and it's well done. And it punches, spits, and urinates all over idealistic trendy love song crap.

Bench fun!
Takin' a break from the HATE.

And the rest...

This CD is a lot darker than their first. It seems as if the band is bitter against a few things, such as the music industry and some other stuff. They've definately grown as human beings and musicians, and you can hear and feel it through their songs. I only have a few complaints though, but it's mostly just production stuff.

  • The kickdrum (bass drum) is very weak and lacking. This takes away from the push and pop of the crash cymbals, amongst other things.
  • The CD seems a lot quieter than most major label releases. That's part of the mastering process though...
  • Speaking of mastering, I noticed that parts of songs that are supposed to jump out at you sometimes are quieter than parts that should be quiest. Gawkman says this is part of the mastering process, and whomever mastered the CD used too much compression or something. Well, whatever it is, it hurts the production of the CD.

Aside from that, if you're looking for something new and original, and that doesn't conform to a teeny-bopper audience, get Brand New. Get BOTH of their CDs. They're fantastic. You know, there isn't enough dumb in this review. Hrrrm...

Ahh... better.


Category Comment Rating
Sound/Production Ouch in this department. 3.5
Presentation I like it, it makes me want to be an astronaut. 4.5
Originality Radio sound, not radio lyrics. Nice. 5
Songwriting I will listen over and over. 5
Deathy/Heavyness Deathy = lyrics. That are good! 5
Final Verdict: 4.6


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The following comments after this point are old comments. Yay!

Scarecrow plutoniums:

Smilie!They write good lyrics, but their music bores me... Good Charlotte, however, is a million times worse...

I don't even want to get started on Good Charlotte...

sarah peterson (Guest) unleashes:

Smilie!brand new is the BEST band in the world....well almost the best...but they are my favorite band!!!!!!i love them!!!

donalddarko (Guest) un-shut-ups:

Smilie!i think "ME VS...." he is being brutally honest about a situation either he or has been in or one he's heard about. Him making girls seem responsible? i dont think so necessarily, but the message i get is that guys are quicker to take advantage of that situation, and girls are usually more likely to take offense to it. i dont think this is a double standard so much as it is society, or the way we are different (men and women).

taking back sunday (Guest) discharges:

Smilie!I'm better than brand new!!

ross doherty (Guest) communicates:

Smilie!jesse lacey has the ability few have, to make boys feel wanted and girls want him. a band close to my heart. straylight run are going to be special commercial or not they will be awesome.

chigger happy (Guest) forms verbage to communicate:

Smilie!yo good tatse is everything....although im tired of poeple bashing other peoples music....just say who you like and support rather than bashing people...can't we all just get along?

Brand New (Guest) conveys:

Smilie!I'm a great band!

BoBo (Guest) dispenses:

Smilie!how did good charlotte get brought into this topic? Any way, Deja Entendu is my favortie album of all time, my second favorite? Your favorite weapon...Brand New is just the greatest thing to happen to music in a long while...the best new band of the millenium...easy

Lindsey (Guest) yammers:

Smilie!Hey, im glad you have the same aspects of music as i, im only 16 but i think i have pretty good taste in music. For one i CANNOT stand good charlotte, they are a cheap rip off on every "punk" band before them. I like how you are forward with opinion, and all you popSTERZ and fuckin fake punkers with all your simple plan, burn in fuckin hell or get your ass hit with the CREATIVE IMAGINATIVE MUSIC bus... im bustin outta this joint...

moneen (Guest) splats:

Smilie!"Me vs Maradona vs Elvis" just leaves me with a bad feeling, as if the song is blaming girls for being stupid enough to get drunk and sleep with some random guys...and that guys are not to blame for taking advantage of them. I really hate the double standard. I don't know if that's what the song is trying to get at, but it puts girls in a bad light, and seems extremely hypocritical. Correct me if I'm wrong.

chigger happy (Guest) yammers:

Smilie!but anyway guess who has tickets to see brand new with incubus? oh thats me. although it's arena rock but its okay.

chigger happy (Guest) verbalizes:

Smilie!sic transit gloria is about the pressures on the male identity to have sex.

chigger happy (Guest) bakes:

Smilie!FIRST, ANyof you guys looking for some simple hidden meaning need to listen to the cd, i mean seriously listen to it. IF you need to ask for the meaning of a song maybe you should switch back to mtv and listen to the easily decipherable lyrics that use innuendo and think they are clever for it. Each song has a different meaninga nd its up to you the listeneer to come to you own conclusions....oh and hmmm.......... taking back sunday is a good group and so is brand new, good charlotte though...they have song writers i bet you didnt know that! yeah thats right! they bought most of their songs! fag

King Controversy (Guest) dispenses:

Smilie!Yes, they are "awesome" and the lyrics are "deep."

princess excretes:

Smilie!Brand New kicks ass! they are awesome. the lyrics are deep n mean something n are worth listenin to!good charlotte is good but not half as good as brand new!

kAt (Guest) communicates:


i stumbled across this review because stupid me was trying to find Brand New's website and stupid google was being stupid. but im glad i stumbled. i liked the review....i wish i could write honestly and frankly like that for my school newspaper without being whacked over the head. oh well. it was super dooper. BRAND NEW is super dooper as far as im concerned and good charlotte reallly IS a pile of crap.

ok, i will now take my bow...

mariam (Guest) declares:

Smilie!hey email me if you get(understand) those lyrics mariyum848@aol.com

mariam (Guest) says in non-morse code:

Smilie!"Sic Transit Gloria...Glory Fades"... what does it mean? like he wants a real relationship and she just wants to fuck?

Erotica (Guest) evaporates:

Smilie!From what I have gathered from the lyrics the song seems to me about a guy losing his virginity to a much more experienced and calous girl. This being one of his destructions to meaningful relationships. I think the song is well written and enjoy the dueling lyrics so to speak.

Gloria (Guest) jabbers:

Smilie!Hmm..."Sic Transit Gloria...Glory Fades" definately sounds like it's about a girl raping a guy...it's definately possible and could definately be what it's about.

AnonFag@ (Guest) vocalizes:

Smilie!what is the quite things that noone knows all about?does it ave a hidden meaning?

brooke blahs:

Smilie!sorry that was a response to some girl from awhile ago....i hate when people have their stories wrong...

brooke vocalizes:

Smilie!Wrong! Adam is the one who swings his mic that shirt that says mics are for singing not for swinging was directed at him however john nolan was the one who slept with jesse's gf....two different stories. the shirt was supposedly lashed out at adam being that jesse and john are good friends and john obviously had a falling out with adam being that they split into two different bands

sic transit gloria....glory fades (Guest) vocalizes:

Smilie!the lyrics in this song r very strong but what is the exact song meaning?

Becklin (Guest) unleashes:

Smilie!You guys are all stupid Brand New and Good Charlotte Rock!

maggie (Guest) blahs:

Smilie!WEE WEE! Brand New rocks!
"Sic Transit Gloria...Glory Fades" is one of the best songs on the planet!

AnonFag@ (Guest) conveys:

Smilie!good charlotte sux ass, what the hell are you talking about u brainwashed yuppie

maggie (Guest) communicates:

Smilie!This was an awesome cd...Brand new fucking rocks! Any of you who don't like it, fuck off!

maggie (Guest) jabbers:

Smilie!Evan said:You Guys suck ass...This website sucks to if you know whats good for you go to http://goodcharlotte.com/ you Tards...FUCK OFF Eat me! Good Charlotte is the suckiest band to ever grace this fucking earth. If you really want some good music (though Brand New is AWESOME!), go to www.afireinside.net, right now!

Rawrb discharges:

Smilie!Stupid Jenifer, enter text!

Murph un-shut-ups:

Smilie!mtv links are dumb!

AtzKilcher (Guest) absolves:

This site has the meanings to some of the songs.
And Evan, how does Brand New suck ass? Is it because you do not understand Brand New's lyrics or what? http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1475456/08052003/brand_new.jhtml

Rawrb unleashes:

Smilie!There's a meaning behind that saying, Mr. SuperiorToEveryone. Read down a little further. Then enlightenment shall hit you like death clog!

L (Guest) verbalizes:

Smilie!I think that the shirts that say "mics are for singing not for swinging" is a piece of crap. Steven Tyler anyone? He can sing and SWING better than any of you young spring chicken bands.

Taiva (Guest) verbalizes:

Smilie!This CD plays my emotions LOUD its killer

Mr. Somewhat Happy (Guest) conveys:

Smilie!I'm somewhere in between!

Mr. Not Happy (Guest) splats:

Smilie!I'm your arch-enemy!

Mr. Happy (Guest) verbalizes:

Smilie!I'm mr. happy.

Rawrb conveys:


Ken (Guest) conveys:

Smilie!Why do you guys even like BRAND NEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!FUCKA

Evan (Guest) absolves:


Evan (Guest) verbalizes:

Smilie!You Guys suck ass...This website sucks to if you know whats good for you go to http://goodcharlotte.com/ you Tards...FUCK OFF

Rawrb bakes:

Smilie!Hate. Well, I probably hate you! QWHARHWEROA@#(Prh

the great one (Guest) conveys:

Smilie!I hate it

Me (Guest) verbalizes:

Smilie!This CD ROCKS!!It is the best CD I have ever heard!I got the CD two or three days ago and right when I heard it I immediately loved the song "Sic Transit Gloria...Glory Fades".Brand New is the absolute best band ever.

jennifer dispenses:

Smilie!The fixation of the swinging mics...Jesse was best friend's with the singer from Taking Back Sunday. TBS singer slept with Jesse's girlie. TBS singer swings his mic in between singing. "Mics are for singing, not swinging"
Brand New is a great band with profound lyrics and a real sense of humble means. Their new album is so much more intense and mature than their first, one of the first bands in a long time to progress in that direction in a long time.

Cam (Guest) forms verbage to communicate:

Smilie!i really dont know how i think because i dont have the CD. But i might get it now....maybe.... ok im full of shit. yes, im going to get it. there! happy? geez you people...

Chelsy (Guest) communicates:

Smilie!the stuff they right is soo deep its depressing but i love it!! buy the cd ull never feel the same bout ne other band.o and i love the song "the quiet things that noone ever knows" it kickes ass!!!!!!!!

Gawkman pizzas:

Smilie!Tyler gets the Super Serious Guy award(tm)!!!


Rawrb evaporates:

Smilie!FYI everyone, there is not a wrong way to review an album. If you don't like how I did it, write your own review on your own website. I shall not change it to conform to your liking. Good day to you with potato.

Rawrb plutoniums:

Smilie!I did it just to annoy you! And that's the reason! So enjoy being annoyed! WHAR HAR HARH!

Tyson (Guest) communicates:

Smilie!I don't want to list everything you did wrong but I will tell you this: the whole section at the beginning "A brand new Brand New album..." (and so forth) why did you even include that? You said it was stupid, yet, you put it in your review..You write something, make fun of it (an attempt to be clever or something) and you put that in your review?Why!?

Tyson (Guest) un-shut-ups:

Smilie!I don't want to list everything you did wrong but I will tell you this: the whole section at the beginning "A brand new Brand New album..." (and so forth) why did you even include that? You said it was stupid, yet, you put it in your review..You write something, make fun of it (an attempt to be clever or something) and you put that in your review?Why!?

Tyson (Guest) plutoniums:

Smilie!I don't want to list everything you did wrong but I will tell you this: the whole section at the beginning "A brand new Brand New album..." (and so forth) why did you even include that? You said it was stupid, yet, you put it in your review..You write something, make fun of it (an attempt to be clever or something) and you put that in your review?Why!?

ken (Guest) blahs:

Smilie!it was a good review of a great album, but you could have gone into how they changed directions musically on this album. they really got away from thier three chord punk on this album and wrote much deeper and more intriguing songs. it really shows their talent being able to change direction like they did. i dont want to take anything away from your favorite weapon, but this album show much more talent and depth.

lovesoliver (Guest) evaporates:

Smilie!i think for this review was for the most part on the money. for "machine", who thinks "me vs. madonna vs. elvis" is about the subjugation of women through alcohol: look again. is it true or not that women go to those bars and consume those drinks willingly? i think brandnew makes that point very well in the course of the song which is not so about subjugating women but recognizing a problem and yet not being solution to it.

pao (Guest) un-shut-ups:

Smilie!guernica is about his grandfather. he found out his grandfather had lung cancer, but he was halfway across the country and couldn't be there with his grandfather in the hospital.

CASSIE discharges:

Smilie!the first album by brand new was way more... "pop" then their new one, deja entendu. i love deja entendu because the lyrics are so raw and real. one can actually feel the pain he obviously went through in his relationship.

Cory (Guest) says in non-morse code:

Smilie!I love this album.. excellent lyrics and music.

machine (Guest) unleashes:

Smilie!this is a more honest review of brand new that I've seen in a while. as for what the lyrics mean: just watch the video for "the quiet things that no one ever knows" [it's about telling someone to hold on, basically], "me vs. maradona vs. elvis" talks about the subjugation of women through alcohol, how men abuse it and objectify women as nothing more than sex tools, etc. darker stuff, but at least it's honest.

Casey communicates:

Smilie!Another thing... whats with Jesse's fixation on the non-swinging of the microphone? edit- they are a great band, great live, great to listen to at the computer and great in the car... no complaints..

Casey yammers:

Smilie!I dont understand how you can write about something so deep and painful yet perform it almost every day. That would make me feel like ass...

brittany communicates:

Smilie!i love deja entendu- they're so different and real. Not all mushy lovey-dovey like lots of groups out there- and to everyone *get deja entendu* it's a GREAT cd!

Claire (Guest) says in non-morse code:

Smilie!Way cool. much better than their last record!

Mee (Guest) bakes:

Smilie!I love the CD. The lyrics are awesome. I'm just curious if anyone knows where the titles of the song names are from. i know "I believe you but my tommy gun dont" is from Home Alone. where are th eother from? please email me if u'v figured it out.

raid (Guest) vocalizes:


Rawrb verbalizes:

Smilie!I think the lyrics are not love. That is good for some reason.

j (Guest) pizzas:

Smilie!I loved the first album by this band..But my question for you guys of this new album..Is what do you think the lyrics mean? I mean some of it still sounds like love songs..I mean it doesnt really bother me..Music helps people get over the bullshit love of there life...I loved the first album and deja entendu is really growing on me

Rawrb un-shut-ups:

Smilie!Thanks for making sense chunk!

Murph plutoniums:

Smilie!I don't get it.

chunk (Guest) pizzas:

Smilie!i think you all suk japs eyes while sitting naked watching oprah with yur litte sexy waist coat while sniffing yur grANNYS UNDIES (PILLOW CASES)............YEA.........CHUNK

Bro V (Guest) jabbers:


Rawrb jabbers:

Smilie!Damn damn DAMN I'M BAYUD *perch*
Ow! My face!
Videar shoot!
Drums != Slinky
Crowd of death!
Stupid bench!