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!
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.
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.
Takin' a break from the HATE.
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.
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...
|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|