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Brand New: Deja EntenduDeja Entendu (2003)
Triple Crown Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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THE PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF BRAND NEW, 1999-PRESENT [abridged] Band forms. Band plays numerous local shows, gaining a local popularity supportive enough to get band signed to modestly sized indie most known for Hot Rod Circuit. Band records debut album and releases it to little fanfare [except .
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THE PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF BRAND NEW, 1999-PRESENT [abridged]

Band forms.

Band plays numerous local shows, gaining a local popularity supportive enough to get band signed to modestly sized indie most known for Hot Rod Circuit.

Band records debut album and releases it to little fanfare [except from yours truly, who made their "hit single" my MP3 of the week way back in November of 2001].

Band tours their asses off, knowing that they have the eye of the proverbial tiger.

Band catches on with radio, MTV, frat boys and fat chicks nationwide.

Band blows the fuck up.

Band tours their asses off yet again, while watching their friends' bands blow the fuck up even bigger.

Label signs clone of band with the expectation that band will sign to a bigger indie/major label for follow-up album.

Collective "holy shit" is uttered when band plans to release second album on same label.

Band smokes a shitload of pot.

Band listens to a fuckload of Bright Eyes.

Band's singer learns how to sing better.

Band learns how to play better.

Band's lyricist studies up on the collected writings of Tim Kasher and Conor Oberst, developing some of the most intensely personal lyrics to ever be put to paper in the past 5 years.

Band finally records second album.

Band accidentally covers "Yellow" by Coldplay [see "The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot"].

Band writes the best song the aforementioned Mr. Oberst has never written [see "I Will Play My Game Beneath The Spin Light."]

Band writes seven-minute balls out rock song with sick breakdowns [see "Good To Know That If I Ever Need Attention All I Have To Do Is Die."]

Album gets bootlegged all over the internet weeks and weeks before it's release, causing morons everywhere to cream themselves.

Band smokes more pot.

Writer is not phased by hype.

Writer finally gets a copy of the album.

Writer is kept in awe for 48 minutes and 43 seconds, as his ears discover a band fed up with it's already much-copied sound branching out into virtually uncharted territory.

Writer prays that the album will prove to band's detractors that they really *are* something special, while at the same time making frat guys and fat chicks stop listening to them.

Writer can keep praying, right?

Band smokes more pot.

Writer wishes he would have written this album, as there is more talent contained here than he'll ever be a part of in his life.

Writer urges reader to buy album for the good of their musical tastes.

Reader, if they have even made it this far, will scoff.

Reader, having not made it this far, will have already left a derogatory comment pertaining to writer's sexuality/physical appearance/personality/taste in music/mother's maiden name.

Reader will miss out on what is one of the best albums of 2003, hands down, if they're not smart.

Writer, in a final, futile attempt to be clever, says "Deja Entendu? Hardly."

AUDIO
The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows
I Will Play My Game Beneath The Spin Light
Guernica

 

 
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shawnlw (May 2, 2010)

Great Record. Bullshit review. Just because it's different from their first, doesn't mean it's the result of massive pot consumption. Just because there are more acoustic guitars and an occasionally fragile voice, doesn't mean the band is channeling Bright Eyes. Your view of what artistic growth is in this case is incredibly naive.

Leonidas (June 18, 2009)

Might be one of the only good things to come out of Long Island.

keith19 (June 3, 2009)

A perfect record.

PaintingByNumbers (February 22, 2008)

Hopesfall is the best band ever?

viper77 (September 2, 2007)

awesome

krid1987 (July 20, 2007)

end to end...legendary

Satelliteyrs (January 22, 2007)

besides hopesfall, may be the best band ever

jordanelfers (November 3, 2006)

There exists a gang of unknowing fans who seem to magnetically draw towards a specific group of songs on the album. That, in itself, is the geniosity behind the lyricist. In this album he found out how to get more personal, and apparently how to get kids who wanted to slit their wrists to not slit their wrists by listening to music that would make a normal person want to slit their wrists if they couldn't see through the facade.

sav (September 10, 2006)

Oh...and another thing, Brand New kicks Taking Back Sunday's ass.

sav (September 10, 2006)

All of you are too focused on all the scene politics. It's not about who listens to the music, or if the band smokes pot, or what genre they fall under, or how they dress, or how good they are compared to a similar band. It's about how it SOUNDS and the LYRICS and it makes YOU FEEL. When I first bought Deja Entendu, I was a little apprehensive because all of the songs were a little slow for my liking. But after I read their (amazing) lyrics they became my favorite. I will admit though, that Your Favorite Weapon is a little too pop-ish. Deja Entendu though, defines my life. I don't care about shallow things like if frat boys listen to them or not. I care about the lyrics and they've helped me get through a lot of things. In my eyes Deja Entendu is some of the best music churned out since...well, the beginning of time. You might disagree but that's because you're too worried about looking cool or you're too lazy to learn the lyrics. That's my opinion and that's what these reviews are: opinions.

leftofthedial1528 (August 28, 2006)

great album, perfect review

dumhed01 (July 14, 2006)

One of my favorite albums of all time. I wonder how all these comments turn into arguments. Is it just 'cause people can't accept different people or different peoples opinions? Everyone needs to get the fuck over themselves. Latra.

Anonymous (June 8, 2006)

SweeeeeeeeeeeeeT

Anonymous (May 30, 2006)

i do agree with your opinion of this album being amazing. but you suck at reveiwing, so stop.

Anonymous (November 25, 2005)

i am listening to it right now 'the quiet things that no 1 ever know' ^^

benz (June 26, 2005)

"too much pussy emo. listen to old underoath"

Is that comment a joke?

Anonymous (June 18, 2005)

i prefer this too YFW by so much. This is better by leaps and bounds. Also, what the hell does "too much pussy emo" mean.....grow the fuck up, if you dont like the album either dont comment, or say "i dont like this" and myabe give a reason why, other then your severe hate for "pussy emo" probably because your covering for sever homosexuality...

in conclusion, and amazing album...The Quiet Things that Noone Ever Knows...one of my top 5 favorite songs of all time

Anonymous (June 8, 2005)

too much pussy emo. listen to old underoath

Anonymous (June 6, 2005)

Cool review, but I prefer "Your Favorite Weapon".

This album has too many long songs and there's no "energy" as opposed YFW.

Anonymous (March 5, 2005)

One of my favourite bands

Anonymous (February 16, 2005)

I dont know how someone couldn't like this album. Although not anything like "Your Favorite Weapon", these guys defenately deserve some props for "Sic Transit Gloria...Glory Fades". Anyone who can pull off have a song devoted to not haveing sex, with a "Thrice" influenced chorus, (meaning they're better than any other band) has some talent beyond comprehension. I hope that "Brand New" continues in the direction that they are headed with "Sic Transit Gloria...Glory Fades", whch is right to the top.
Jay Beckstead Brand New fan since 1999

Anonymous (January 3, 2005)

how do you dumbasses manage to breathe? this album sucks such incredible cock that the whores around the world have none left to support their shitty lives on.

Anonymous (November 30, 2004)

oh and to the guy who ripped on the person who put *Delta Sigma Chi" in thier post...thats a sorority, good work yelling at a girl.

Anonymous (November 30, 2004)

You know the people who are saying 'since frat boys listen to BN then they suck' obviously a) are in high/middle school b) are more prejudiced then the frat boiy stereotype thier lashing out against c) dont know shit about fraternities. I am a brother in Delta Tau Delta, you know how much of my tuition my daddy pays, zero. I worked my ass off in high school and got myself a scholarship, that coupled with grants and loans that I will be paying off for the next ten years I am putting myself through college. Yes I am in a frat, no the stereotypes are not true at all. We arent these bug dumb jock retards that do nothing but drink and fight. They do not inject us with alcohol while we sleep, we do not drink every waking moment. Hell, one of the brothers here is straightedge (which i think is silly but thats a whole different argument) . We do not fight, we do not pick on people different than us, we are not stupid. When you get to college (if you decide to go) you will get to choose whether or not to go Greek. I made my choice and i stand by it, there is a great sense of brothership throughout the frat and we are leaders in our community, we volunteer and do charitable work, we also have the most kick ass parties on campus (but thats not the point). Anyway, in short, if you got your info on frats from 'Revenge Of The Nerds' then your grossly misinformed

Oh...and Brand New is awesome.

jerzv (October 3, 2004)

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past year and a half, you would have realised that this album is ace! No longer just a collection of upbeat songs pumped with steroids, Brand New are kicking arse with their pensive approach to music.

Brand New are awesome! Jessie Lacey has really matured since Your Favourite Weapon, and has a deep grasp on life. He covers the highs and the lows, and produces a sound unique to modern punk music; as though he meant to break all the barriers.

I do happen to think Jess gets a bit more credit than the other band mates, but he's an awesome guy and a total spunk, so that’s justifiable!

Brand New have produced songs that will surely make you laugh (probably more so on Your Favourite Weapon than Deja Entendu), and songs that you could closely identify with.

They are exceptionally talented and really cool (unlike the childish punk-bands like blink 182, who, although they have matured a great deal too, are really easy to get sick of). They seem to have broken all the rules on conventional rock, and deserve a 10 out of 10.

Anonymous (September 11, 2004)

Mmmmm I really liked that review. Saddle creek references made me chuckle... For those who didn't understand the nature of the post, did you miss that he gave the album 4 and a half stars?

chrisafi (June 26, 2004)

Love this album
It takes a while to really get going and If you cant be assed to give it 4-5 listens before judging it and snapping the disc or whatever you "hardcore" people do, then don't bother

Otherwise listen, learn and enjoy.

titsandtats (June 24, 2004)

ok, i know this is old now, but i was just curious as to what was said when it came out. i find it hilarious how people take shit so personally.if you dont like it, then just say you dont like it. its just a band.its only music. broaden your horizons. maybe its not hardcore, or true punk, whatever. learn to appreciate a different genre. so its not original because it sounds like this or this. what is original then? what band hasnt been inspired by other artists?nothing is " new". everything is a variation of something else. that being said, i think this album is fucking amazing, lyrically and musically. i dont care what category it fits into. its the type of album that you can listen to start to finish, and constantly pick up new phrases and meanings. so what if frat boys and abercrombie girls like it, thank god something can draw attention away from their usual top 40 lives. theres hope for the future!

Anonymous (May 25, 2004)

awesome. best line ever: so don't apologize i hope you choke and die...

Anonymous (May 25, 2004)

awesome. best line ever: so don't apologize i hope you choke and die...

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

anyone notice that the line "never to see any other way" that is repeated at the end of "a day in the life" by the beatles is said/sung by jesse on the end of "play crack the sky"? just thought that was cool.

Anonymous (March 13, 2004)

brand new... thats some good stuff... Bought this cd and never regretted it. thats all I amm gunna say

Anonymous (February 18, 2004)

"i just got the album... it's great... much better than the poppier Your Favorite Weapon even though that was really good too... and is it true that the band smokes pot? if it is i have much more respect for them"

hahahahahahaha you are an idiot. its sad all of you idiots are so fixated on drugs.

Anonymous (February 18, 2004)

its sad that someone has to affiliate a style of music with no drug references to drugs.

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

great review... i love pot too so looks like me and brand new have something in common

Anonymous (February 8, 2004)

in that case kneel down :)

Anonymous (January 18, 2004)

this band fucking blows. the lyrics blow. the singing is horrible. i'd perfer getting my ears fucked than to listen to this..

Anonymous (January 17, 2004)

People who spell it "indy" instead of indie aren't in fraternities, because they don't go to college

Anonymous (January 17, 2004)

to the kid two three reviews down.......ahhhhh...shaaadddaaappp.!

Anonymous (January 8, 2004)

whats up w/ frat boy hating? jesus, sorry i joined a frat because i realize that 20 guys living in a house together playing music and listening to all varieties of music and getting fucked up is fun. guess i can't listen to indy anymore, only pretentious fucks are allowed, how can someone in a frat be open minded . fuck you.

Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

Following Review Was Written By: LBH just in case you'd like to comment.

Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

First of all lets not forget that emo is short for emotional, as in emotional music. As I see it any band that has any musical integrity at all should write from the heart with "emotion". If an artist isnt writing with emotion you are probably listening to a spewing of words they had spoonfed to them by their label. Hopefully any of you people who dont like Brand New are actually listening to music that still has emotion in it. If not I feel sorry for you. I dont think emo-punk is the most adequate title for bands like brand new but ill gladly take it for the sole reason that it points out i listen to heartfelt music.

Also I'd like to point out the following...
1- Im not a person who likes to sit alone and cry in the dark.
2- I dont shop at Abercrombie and Fitch or Hot Topic.
3- Im not a frat boy.
4- Despite 1,2, and 3 I still love Brand New because they write heartfelt music any person who has ever had a brooding thought in their head can relate to. Brand New is emotional beacause they accurately depict emotions.

I dont blame you for not liking Brand New. Every person is entitled to their own oppinion of what is good music. However I think the emo label shouldnt be something to scoff at. All music should have emotion because if it didnt we'd all be listening to meaningless garbage put out to make money at the idle hands of mindless drones.

If you met me you would probably have no idea i listened to brand new unless i told you or was wearing one of the shirts i own with their name on it. All in all this album kicks serious ass and I love it. If you dont thats fine but let me have my oppinion and Ill let you have yours. If you tried to get me to listen to what you like it would be just as bad as mtv telling you to listen to britney spears. Heres to emo music everywhere whether it fits into your label of what emo is or not. Brand New: rock on you are MY favorite band out there.

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

This band rules, fuck all of you that say they dont, if u dont like them then why the fuck do u look at the review of their album u dumbfucks, dumbass people looking at reviews of bands that they hate or cant stand get a fucking life bitches

Brand new rocks

Anonymous (September 24, 2003)

This by far is the best album of 2003, in fact this is the best album i have ever listened to, brand new did fade away from there emo roots, they are still emo but they are emo in a way no other band is like they do not talk about a speical girl that left them, they talk about how it feels and they write about things eveyrone can relate too, brand new is by far the most genius band, if you dont belive look at the lyrics to the album if you find anything better please tell me becuz there is nothing better

mixtapesuicide (September 22, 2003)

I think this cd is incredible. I love it. I also love bright eyes and I do not see much of a similiarity other then the semi-whininess. But either way I like the way this review was written.

Anonymous (September 13, 2003)

She left me -
( strum )
Boo Hoo -
( strum again )

stormwarning (August 15, 2003)

To the reviewer, the label did indeed expect them to release their second CD on Triple Crown, as they were signed to a two album contract with them, as all Triple Crown bands are. The Bright Eyes/pot thing, I don't know where you get your information. All I know is that this is one of my favorite CDs of 2003, and will be a very important album in the lives of these four talented individuals.

Anonymous (August 11, 2003)

ya, this is the rest of the score

Anonymous (August 11, 2003)

I know its not the end of the year yet... but this IS the best record of 2003, and nothing, nothing will come close, i dont care if kurt cobain rises from the dead himself no one will put out a better record.
Me vs. maradana vs. elvis...wow.
i give it 20 out of 10 on your scale. if you have not listned to it yet, be like reel big fish and pick it up pick it up.

Anonymous (August 7, 2003)

dont refer to singers by their first name unless you know them. and tbs will blow brand new out of the water any day

Anonymous (August 6, 2003)

Just caught them live at warped, and jesse only had an acoustic, which kinda disappointed me, cause they were a rockin' band before (twice as good as tbs).

im even more disappointed with the sudden shift to anti-pop downer verses coupled with poppy anthematic chorus's. if he's paying homage to conor or kasher he's doing it the wrong way.

Anonymous (July 23, 2003)

yea i picked up on the coldplay mini-ripoff, but does anybody else think that the breakdown to the final song sounds like r.e.m.?

Ghostmanon3 (July 22, 2003)

I love this album. After the first spin, I was shocked at how new it sounded, and how different it was, but I was not dissapointed by any means. After listening to it further, I've grown to appreciate and admire it. I truly feel that this album represents a positive new branch in music today, it is original, fresh and amazing, but I will leave this branch nameless, in hopes I won't pin it to any preexisting genre or scheme. This album is aestheticly orgasmic, beautifully written and better than their first by a light year. It is exceptional and chill, I recommend it and stand behind it. Well done Brand New, I hope others can appreciate its complexity as well. Thats just my opinion.

Anonymous (July 21, 2003)

oh shut up you big fat fucking baby, here: the album's peachy, and there's the fucking reviewer who's stoned that left a decent review. ya happy now puss?

Anonymous (July 21, 2003)

this isn't a chat room. stop flirting or arguing with people who wrote something 17 posts down. this is a place for people to write what they thought about the CD. not what they think about other bands, not whether they agree with someone's opinions....just this CD. I came here to see whether I should buy this or not and i'm already discouraged by the 60% of comments that have nothing to do with the cd

Anonymous (July 20, 2003)

whatever, want real music? listen to liz phair's old shit. that'll set you free.

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

It's funny how some people are just so full of hate. Your life must really suck... Constantly whinning how this band sucks, not punk enough, "clones", and all that crap. What makes you better than anyone else? You need to just shut up, and take care YOUR shit. If people like stuff and you dont, it's about taste. What makes your taste in music better than another person. yeah nothing.

-ejaculine

esco (July 14, 2003)

I hope TBS doesnt switch styles. This CD was really good though.

Anonymous (July 14, 2003)

so brand new couldn't take being called second string TBS wannabees huh? this cd is good, but i think you guys agree with whatever is being hyped up at the moment.
buy the saosin cd and wait for TBS to come back.

Anonymous (July 14, 2003)

this is definitly a good CD, but I think it's getting a little of the "Radiohead" hype. People are claiming this as a soundtrack of a new generation, the best CD in the last decade. Come on now, it is without a doubt a great CD, much more mature than their last, but i think everyone is getting a little too crazy of this. Maybe since TBS are back everyone will calm down and come back down to earth

Anonymous (July 10, 2003)

haha thanks for the heads up. holy shit, do you like pgmg?

Anonymous (July 10, 2003)

that was sarcasm dipshit. I would never want to inflict that kind of pain on someone.

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

pennywise?? oh god, what a fucking poser.

Anonymous (July 7, 2003)

P.s.
Stop moving out here.

Anonymous (July 7, 2003)

Truth hurts doesnt it. Assclown? Seriously that is the best you can come up with? Obviously that education mommy and daddys paying for isnt working so well. Fucking clone. "Stick my finger up my ass and twist?" This is what you come up with? This is your level of creativity? This is why you people cant think for yourselves. Go listen to pennywise. twat

Anonymous (July 7, 2003)

Good fucking god. That is exactly why I won't even give this shit the time of day. Anything that a fucking frat boy listens to has to be shit. They are jock clones. They all share the same brain. They are controlled by what mtv tells them to buy. They will go to best buy, check out the "new artist" rack and then go to Abercrombie and Fitch and buy vintage cargo shorts to go along with their white arnets and pucca shell necklace. Tell them to stop moving out to California from the Midwest. We don’t like you. You’re fucking things up. Fuck them, and fuck this.
twat.
Delta sigma chi = equals mommy and daddy’s paying for my 4 year party

to the assclown who wrote this shit, your prejudice, and really annoying. oh and another thing, who the hell died and made you the spokes person for the whole california scene?? so please stick that middle finger you have up your ass, and sit on it and twist bitch.

Anonymous (July 6, 2003)

1) this cd is good

2) to the jaded scenester who made the big long speech... go fucking kill yourself please, you annoy me

Anonymous (July 6, 2003)

This cd is actually pretty good, After a not so good your favorite weapon...too poppy. They kick ass live. VIN THE BASSIST IS THE FUCKING MAN

Anonymous (July 4, 2003)

Good fucking god. That is exactly why I won't even give this shit the time of day. Anything that a fucking frat boy listens to has to be shit. They are jock clones. They all share the same brain. They are controlled by what mtv tells them to buy. They will go to best buy, check out the "new artist" rack and then go to Abercrombie and Fitch and buy vintage cargo shorts to go along with their white arnets and pucca shell necklace. Tell them to stop moving out to California from the Midwest. We don’t like you. You’re fucking things up. Fuck them, and fuck this.
twat.
Delta sigma chi = equals mommy and daddy’s paying for my 4 year party.

Anonymous (July 3, 2003)

hell yah

Anonymous (June 28, 2003)

This cd is the best ever.

*Delta Sigma Chi*

Anonymous (June 26, 2003)

I hate bands like this..they release their first pop punk/emo/ CD, and BOOM next CD they "experiment". You've been around for what 3 years? What cred do you have? I remeber seeing them live last year, and they were wearing macbeth and looked like "skaters", Now they look like friggin old ass golfers..LAME

to the person who post this shit, you're fucking lame. "i judge bands on the way they dress," you're cool now...not. like yeah, their music's not your cup of tea, me neither, but you've gotta come up with a better excuse than that, because thats repulsive.

Anonymous (June 26, 2003)

the amount of passion and genius put into this album is unbelievable this makes me believe that are still bands out there that actually want there music top mean something to them

Anonymous (June 23, 2003)

even if this album has progressed lyrically, i'm still uncertain if i can take brand new seriously.

Anonymous (June 23, 2003)

i just got the album... it's great... much better than the poppier Your Favorite Weapon even though that was really good too... and is it true that the band smokes pot? if it is i have much more respect for them

Anonymous (June 23, 2003)

note to reviewer: what a fucking stoner, stay off the crack...

3partsmy_heart (June 22, 2003)

i am impressed. mad proppage to the guys for writing such great songs. this album is worth every penny.

by the way, great review. heh.

Anonymous (June 22, 2003)

Haha. That guy likes Saddle Creek. This scores for you jackoff.

Anonymous (June 21, 2003)

Have any of you guys ever had that feeling of wanting to bone a guy? No?...throw this cd on you'll know what Im talking about.

Anonymous (June 21, 2003)

i downloaded the mp3s, and this shit has nothing on mr. oberst or any other saddle creek band for that matter. nice attempt, but they fall short on creating something that sounds new or interesting (like so many other pop punk bands)

Anonymous (June 21, 2003)

the album is amazing. i loved the first one, but this writer was right, it sounded like many other bands. deja entendu is different from the bands brand new has been compared to. this is way over my expectations.

Anonymous (June 21, 2003)

sorry bro, i'm a member of kappa delta rho and i love the new brand new. most of my brothers like it too.

Anonymous (June 21, 2003)

there's a pretty good article about this on MTV.com

Anonymous (June 21, 2003)

this review is awesome. very well put. put what i was thinking into words.

this cd is amazing. and i am too am hoping it will get rid of fat chicks and frat boys.

Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

"Everyone keeps saying: "This album is full of Bright Eyes, REM, Coldplay, Eagles..." Why, then, is everyone still calling it original? It really is an awesome album though."

Who's saying it's original? I can't find any examples of this. I've seen about 6 people say it isn't original, but none say straight up... "this is original"

Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

this cd is good but it's no bright eyes...the review is also pretty good but scott himself SUCKS

Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

Punknews.org has 10 times more cred. than ap.net will ever have. Thats because this site doesn't shill to generic ass emo and the drive thru brand pop punk.
The pic of tate is classic...what a posuer...typical preppy looking fag,..abercrombie and shit like that is the most "unpunk" things. I cringe whenever i read tate mention bands I like, like blink, mxpx, and alkaline trio in the same sentence as midtown, over it, yellowcard and his flaovor of the week crap.

Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

Everyone keeps saying: "This album is full of Bright Eyes, REM, Coldplay, Eagles..." Why, then, is everyone still calling it original? It really is an awesome album though.

Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

"Doesn't anyone hear the Eagles' Hotel California solo ripoff in Good To Know That If I Ever Need Attention All I Have To Do Is Die? "

Yes, but Thrice does it also in Kill Me Quickly. I think to be a great band you must rip off the great Joe Walsh

Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

several songs on here have parts u think u may have heard on the last album. i think jesse does sound like michael stipe sometimes now also. but if u think u hear parts in some of the songs, go listen to the new alk3. i swear every other song has that 'private eye riff'. but then again, matt skiba doenst know what a c chord is. just check the last alt press interview with him. i'm nto being mean, he really doesnt know hwo to play guitar technically. pretty punk oi oi oi.

Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

wow. this album is very good. its also very very different from their debut. like comparing saves the day 'through being cool' to 'stay who u are' but maybe even more of a change. i must say i like the first album better, cuz it was the best in its feild. i find myself hard pressed to think of better pop punk albums than that one. it was like midtown with really good lyrics and better overlapping harmonies.tracks 4 and 5 are amazing. 2 and 3 are also very good, and the closer is rediculous. unfortunately, they are no longer the masters of their genre. pop punk yes. whatever u want to call this, i must say no. its hard for me to put into words what i mean. hopefully u get it.

Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

Brand New is fucking Terrible....There singer is the worst thing I have ever heard.....I dunno what the hype is about these guys....but you people will soon come to your senses that Brand New is shitty and it will hit you like a fucking brick in the head

Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

Doesn't anyone hear the Eagles' Hotel California solo ripoff in Good To Know That If I Ever Need Attention All I Have To Do Is Die?

Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

The Sug Rios and Cold Play influences can be seen for sure! Good album!

Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

www.mycgiserver.com/~sloppybob/tatecore.jpg

Is this really the king of punk himself? I think I will be tatecore now.

Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

just curious here... how much is a fuckload after being converted to the metric system?

mcpike (June 20, 2003)

i dont care how cool Absolute punk is. i thought this review was fucking good.

Anonymous (June 19, 2003)

yeah soco does kinda sound like 8. that's the one with the chorus 'i will lie awake, and something something the fake for every sec could get or something or other' yea that was specific. nah it kinda sounds like it, if you think about it you can sort of expect the band in the middle of the verse to break into "just jealous cuz we're young and in love!"

inagreendase

relay1112 (June 19, 2003)

Decent stuff, but a bit I'd like to point out:

-This is not "highly" original
-This is still pop and is very easy to swallow

That being said, it's much, much better than their previous stuff. Pretty catchy stuff.

Anonymous (June 19, 2003)

It's good because my ears enjoy it.

Anonymous (June 19, 2003)

I thought one of the songs towards the end really sounds like REM, oddly enough. This really isn't a highly original CD, but it's just cool because there is so much variety and they show off so many different sounds. They are a very talented band. The only thing I get sick of is the formulaic songs... verse, chorus, verse, chorus, conclusion of some kind. There's about 7 songs that follow that scheme and it does get a little repetitive. Reminds me of Weezer... only without the guitar solo towards the end.

Anonymous (June 19, 2003)

i havent read a lot of the comments but does anyone else think that song 8 "me vs elvis vs madonna sound just like soco ?

Anonymous (June 19, 2003)

Absolute punk sucks...hardly...they are better than this stupid site...oh by the way, this review is fucking stupid

Anonymous (June 19, 2003)

it finally dawned on me today how amazing this album is. second-best of the year so far, just stunning. only took me 12 listens or so.

inagreendase

AstroVince (June 19, 2003)

Great review Scott. I agree about the one song sounding like Coldplay.

Anonymous (June 19, 2003)

I use AP.net for everything besides the reviews, which i come here for, because there are 400 times more reviews here. But Tate's news is mostly pop-punk shit, thank god he has other staffers that report about good stuff. I don't even pay attention to his featured band. Except when it was Alk3, and now Brand New.

FortyMinutesWest (June 19, 2003)

They sucked with him too, why don't they just break up?

Anonymous (June 19, 2003)

"they are back on warped tour, and bigger, wiser, and stronger than ever...according to them...minus the guitarist"

because they're totally going to admit to all their fans that they suck now without john

Anonymous (June 19, 2003)

Hey I made the comment about AP.net and the spectrum. I didn't say they cover the whole spectrum, but I am guessing they have some new people reporting news there because I am seeing some stuff regarding hardcore between all the pop-punk news. I come here for the news almost all the time, but I don't think AP.net is TOTAL shit. Plus this site has like 500x more reviews than AP.net. Word.

-FlabbyG

Anonymous (June 19, 2003)

"Haha, Taking Back Sunday won't be taking any notes as they have broken up..."

they are back on warped tour, and bigger, wiser, and stronger than ever...according to them...minus the guitarist

Anonymous (June 19, 2003)

Weh... Weh..... Weh
cry... Cry..... Cry

sincerely
-every emo kid out there who knows nothing about music. Ps: street punk is fucking gay too.

CaptainCrunch (June 19, 2003)

To be honest, the first time I saw AP.net, I thought it was some corporate run website. It was featuring Something Corporate as its band of the month, so I didn't think it was a legitimate website. I don't think I've been back since.

I'm gonna buy this CD today because of the review and the positive comments, I've never listened to Brand New.

Anonymous (June 19, 2003)

deja entendu means already heard as opposed to deja vu which means already seen you stupid fuck

Anonymous (June 19, 2003)

Ap.net is fucking stupid. Yellowcard sucks the shit out of my asshole. Oh wow, let's be different and cool, lets have a violin in our pop punk band. What a cheap way to make your band "unique" without actually being any good.

Anonymous (June 19, 2003)

ap.net is pretty lame. They only really cover pop-punk, emo and screamo. It is a site for the "trendies" and those into the latest crazes. punknews.org is a heaps better all round site. Also the review section in ap.net is totally crap, they only have 100 or so posts.

-bemused-

There's only 100 or so posts because its only been up for about a month. Know your shit, asswipe.

bluetunehead (June 19, 2003)

ap.net is a nice parallel to the music it promotes: it looks pretty, but damn, that's about all there is to it.

ok thats harsh. i go there to get news for which they provide a lot of. but come on....a pop-punk band with a fiddle does not equal amazing. that site proclaims another band to be amazing about as often as the british music press.

lackofsleep (June 19, 2003)

Please, dont make Kevin Smith movie references if you dont even know what movie its from.

FortyMinutesWest (June 19, 2003)

Clerks, not Mallrats.

dignin (June 19, 2003)

"Jason Tate- 909-307-7523" I think a online punk war has officially begun. Which is pretty funny if you think about it, a bunch of sickly pale skinny kids fighting along side disgusting fatasses. The whole incident would probably resort to us discussing whether or not the independant contractors who created the Deathstar deserved to die too(credit: mallrats). Then we would all agree blink 182 and nfg both suck and go we'd head back to our parents basement.

FortyMinutesWest (June 19, 2003)

I really hope you aren't saying that AbsolutePunk covers the whole spectrum.

Anonymous (June 19, 2003)

Jason Tate- 909-307-7523

Anonymous (June 19, 2003)

Concerning AP.net, I saw a link on there one day for Nehemiah. That band rocks, punknews doesn't cover the WHOLE spectrum. Props for the news about Forever Is Forgotten on Thorp, nothing hits the spot like Milwaukee metalcore.

evildeadalive (June 18, 2003)

Yes that Tate link was pretty funny.
Holy Jebus, I had no idea these guys were so big.
Someone tell me some good songs to download. Now!

inagreendase (June 18, 2003)

that tate link was pretty funny but i'm disappointed cuz the dude is just some random bleached prep. he's like the guy on the school soccer team that you're kind of friends with because he listens to some decent music and could get you laid pretty easily, but otherwise "good friends" is out of question

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

i think what he meant with the "deja entendu? hardly" comment probably has to deal with Brand New's big change - so it hasn't already been heard.

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

ap.net is pretty lame. They only really cover pop-punk, emo and screamo. It is a site for the "trendies" and those into the latest crazes. punknews.org is a heaps better all round site. Also the review section in ap.net is totally crap, they only have 100 or so posts.

-bemused-

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

I don't like ap.net because the webmaster is an elitist prick. Anyone who puts CURSIVE as the "next big thing" is pretty clueless. The pop-ups, "news" items containing unconfirmed rumors, and "recommended products" suck, too. The forums are also a joke.

By the by, this is a most excellent album and I'm glad I bought it.

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

i read somewhere that Jesse saw Deja Entendu on Jeopardy and liked the irony in the meaning or something along those lines

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

hey ap.net is the shit, just cause that guy got an advanced copy and not you dont go whining about it in the reveiw.

i bet you are a frat guy anyway.

TahoeJeff (June 18, 2003)

ok so I just picked this one up after hearing the mp3's...Between this, the new suicide machines, and Boucing souls..what a great day

sickboi (June 18, 2003)

I thought it was a play on words like "did ya intend to"....

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

Deja Entendu means "Already Heard". what the hell does that mean?

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

Writer: Are you crazy. This album is amazing. I'm sorry you are too self-indulged to understand/or realize that. Move on. Get over it.
Reader: Believe's writer is correct. Loves the album.
Listener: Believe's almbum is amazing.

peace.

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

fucking shit, dudes.
we will burn your children_www.504plan.net

hey_sailor (June 18, 2003)

If you don't like this website why are you here?

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

i dont like this website.
its shit.
just like this little pussy.

hey_sailor (June 18, 2003)

Holy shit...that is him? What a fucking fruit...that was the funniest thing I've seen all day.

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

www.mycgiserver.com/~sloppybob/tatecore.jpg

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

boring. I found nothing new and exciting about this album.

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

what the fuck did you just say? Learn english bud! That was awful...

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

I found it very ironic to read this article considering at no point in his rampant garble about another website (

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

Eat shit, you wish your fuckin' site was half as popular as absolutepunk.net

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

you rock. i fucking hate jason tate.

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

the first thing i noticed after purchasing it was the long names of song titles. i was thinking, "damn, if this song is good, i may have to yell out the title at a gig to (under some delusion that i have this power) try to get the band to play it. but "the quiet things that no one ever knows," "i will play my game beneath the spin light," and "good to know that if i ever need attention all i have to do is die" would be worth yelling for.
this album is incredible. and it may be preemptive, but i'm thinking that this may be the best release i've gotten this year. so much goodness, and so well put together.
also, nice review...as long as it doesn't become a habitual to write in that fashion.

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

i think he is talkin about the way they each. very bright eyesish i dont care how much of an expert you are on bright eyes. face it. the singing styles do both sound similar

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

I fucking love this album. Wasn't totally into YFW, but I gave this a chance and didn't regret it. It's great. But what's with all of the Bright Eyes references? Yes, the lyrics on Deja Entendu are definitely more personal and heartfelt and such, but there's no way you can outright compare Brand New to anything on Saddle Creek. They're just completely different. And you know what? I admit, I use ap.net too, as well as this site and rockingthescene, and you gotta expect some flaming back and forth when each is basically covering the same media. All in all, great album and pretty good review.

TahoeJeff (June 18, 2003)

Nice Review Scott...funny shit...I'm actually impressed with what I hear. I might have to pick this one up...What a crazy week, rancid signs to a major and scott actually posts some pretty good mp3's

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

sickboi is bored at work and doesn't care about spellcheck....

-"you know who"

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

sickboi needs to get a life and learn how to spell

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

RockingTheScene.com > Absolutepunk.net

Did anyone else feel that Guernica was a whole lot better when fitted into this album rather than just listening to the mp3 on its own? I wasn't overly impressed with the song when I heard it by itself, but it helps the flow of this album so well.

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

this album is fucking amazing... i recommend it to every one... but it will be hard to swallow for the hard core punk rockers...

as a note to the writer of this review... this review rocked... i ahve to say i am a huge fan of this site and absolutepunk... but i thought it was hilarious

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

for the record, i hate razor&tie. after all they release that crappy e.town concrete garbage.

Ramo

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

You're all pretentious. Get your head out of your own ass and stop acting like you know everything.

FortyMinutesWest (June 18, 2003)

And all the absolutepunk fans(that should be an oxymoron) have their panties in a bunch.

The review was good, just because it wasn't "This song sounds like this, the next song sounds like this" doesn't mean it was bad.

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

This site sucks the shit out of my ass. This review was retarded, just get to the point asshole. You suck

hey_sailor (June 18, 2003)

I just want to say that even though I'm sure Scott could care less about what anyone thinks...this review was golden, you might not like to hear what he has to say but at least he doesn't kiss ass non-stop like Tate. Who the fuck cares if he is "thanked" in the Brand New linear notes? Does that make him a god now? And for the record this site is 100 times better than AP.net (there is no bias or ass kissing and the musical spectrum here is far from the latest Drive-Thru trend), maybe they should change their name to Absoluteshit.net because Yellowcard seems to be his next big band and that is pretty shitty music if you ask me...Well, at least I got my 2 cents in...

inagreendase (June 18, 2003)

the thing with absolutepunk -- jason is probably on happy pills or something, because every post headline goes something along the lines of "This band is amazing!" he's just a little overanxious about his feelings of a lot of bands (hell, i'll admit i like yellowcard but he called ocean ave. one of the best albums ever...?) i still visit the site but they really do post the most pointless shit. i mean sometimes the posts are kinda funny, like the kid in Max Keeble's Big Move is wearing a glassjaw shirt but...WHO REALLY GIVES HALF OF A FLYING FUCK?? i visit both sites continually, but punknews is set as my homepage. ap.net is good for mp3s, tracklistings, and other shit, i can say that, but its because they'll post about ANYTHING. if tom delonge's kid lost his first tooth it would be post of the day.

evildeadalive (June 18, 2003)

Sounded just ok from what I've heard. Someone tell me some good songs and I'll download them and see if it's worth buying from there.

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

that was the worst review for an album i've ever read in my entire life

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

some of the people scott lets submit reviews are fucking retarded though. like the girl who did the bayside/name taken review. hit her with a truck already

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

ap.net fucking rocks, while the bands may suck, and Tate may like some poppy stuff. But this site, and this review, just plain blow hard.

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

jason tate...i would assume that he is a 14 year old boy from the musical tastes he has. but i am shocked that he is 20. lame. ap.net is a trainwreck with ill fitted graphics and meaningless news stories. punknews.org is fast and easy to navigate.

FortyMinutesWest (June 18, 2003)

Haha,

Scott-1

AbsolutePunk-0

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

I just noticed why you people are getting mad at Scott....that link was golden....

-sickboi

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

That had to be the absolute worst review I have ever read. Maybe if Brand New even liked Bright Eyes Get Your facts straight and on another note grow up putting absolutepunk.net in your review=not cool that website owns this one and read the thank yous in brand new's cd whos name is there hmmm could it be JASON TATE yes yes it is and ohh he had an advanced copy he didnt get it off the internet You want to be a good writer well learn RESEARCH before you write another uninformed review

FortyMinutesWest (June 18, 2003)

AP.net is fucking horrible. Could they pick worse bands to cover?

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

you're the guy! but i'm not gonna lie it pissed the shit out of me when you said their lyrics were oberst influenced....that sux b/c conor is amazing and they should sure as hell not get credit for his style...make your own style is what i'd say to them! but yes...hmmm i was confused about something...oh yeah what is your mother's maiden name, sexuality ,and all that?

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

And for the record, I NEVER liked AP.net, the music they promote is lame, redundant, and the same. They cater to whatever the "flavor of the month is", and gossip like a damn sewing circle.

-sickboi

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

Excuse me "Mr. 6'2"....can I call you "Lurch"?

-sickboi

viceroymonarch (June 18, 2003)

Yeah that last comment was me, not logged in.

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

"AP.net is the Tiger Beat of punk."
Comment of the millenium.

I'd like to share a story with you all about Absolutepunk.net. A couple weeks ago, Courtney Love did an interview where she talked bad about Blink 182. Jason Tate got all pissed off, and did this whole tirade about her on his site, ending it by calling he a lesbian like it's the worst thing in the world. I went into the comment section on the site and reminded Tate that a year ago when Rockingthescene.com was calling him gay, he got all upset because they were being homophobic. SO what does Mr. Absolute Punk do? Deletes my comment and bans my IP from posting again on the site. Good riddance.

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

"sickboi"-

I have no idea where you got "little troll" from, considering that I didn't say one single thing about my physical appearance in that comment (and I am 6'2, thank you very much). You idiots are all the same. The minute something has too many people into it, its "not punk" anymore. There is nothing to back up your little argument (which is stupid in itself). SO you can fuck off too, sickboi. And how "punk" are you when you spell "boy" like that Avril Lavigne dyke does in that one song?

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

AP.net is shite, you little troll. Scott may be fat, but he's honest, and doesn't ass kiss like a lot of reviewers for other sites. AP.net is the Tiger Beat of punk. Those little bastards.

-sickboi

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

This album is absolutely amazing. However, I'd also like to say that "Scott" (the author of this article)is one incredibly stupid excuse for a human being. First of all, your article's format is the worst I've ever seen (how do you like this: Reader shits in scott's mouth). Don't ever call Jason Tate (webmaster of absolutepunk.net) or the users of his website "morons" again. Just because your website is fucking horrible and Jason's is the best on the net doesn't mean you have to go shit your pants. And all Jason was trying to do was get Brand New's name out there some more, and I think he did a damn good job. Maybe Brand New will be able to make a good living off of what they do now. And who says that "fat chicks" can't listen to good music? You have absolutely no authority to designate who listens to what. So in other words... You have a shit website, and you are an ignorant asshole who desperately needs to FUCK OFF.

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

i hope the next boy that you kiss has something terribly contagious on his lips

hey_sailor (June 18, 2003)

Haha, Taking Back Sunday won't be taking any notes as they have broken up...

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

I saw them play Guernica live back in May, and it was awesome live...based on that, I have high expectations on all these songs live

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

Like it would be hard to top Your Favorite Weapon. That album was a steaming pile of shit.

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

Haha Aren't these the same pussies who used a megaphone for one of their songs? Man, they fucking suck.

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

i didn't know whether they could top "your favorite weapon"...but goddamn do they ever...Taking Back Sunday should be taking notes for their follow up...

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

I would disagree there. I really want to give motion city soundtrack a chance, but everytime i listen to them, all i do is get annoyed. So annoyed that when they came to cincinnati with the weakerthans, I couldn't bring myself to go see them. They have no chance of topping BrandNew in my book. On a sidenote, this will be one of the best cd's of the year. It will help BN get huge though. They are getting a huge push on MTV2 and Fuse already. Plus with Razor and Tie really being known as BMG Records, you know they either have to do something and show their potential, or get dropped. They will market this cd right, i would be willing to bet Sic Gloria Transit gets radio play soon, because it has that cool "emo" sound ala TBS who we all know blew up huge out of nowhere. I love this album, everything about it is so bright and vivid. They truly topped what expectations i had of them. I am curious how some of these songs will come off live though.

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

brand new kicked some ass... but be prepared to be blown away by Motion City Soundtrack...

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

jason tate is a moron. people shouldn't listen to him. he creams himself over every shitty drive-thru band and other crap such as that. he musical tastes need to GROW!

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

Whoever thinks this shit is original is fucking dumb and probably has every cd Drive Thru Records has put out.

KillingMoon (June 18, 2003)

nobody cares you found out about this band first. absolutepunk blows.

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

i made the ap.net comment. i need to sign in again.

-greyicewater

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

was ap.net even a site years ago? i didn't think it had been around that long. i'm probably wrong though.

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

what i find funny, is the site you call 'morons' is the site that first started talking about brand new YEARS ago, and is attributed to their success by every member of the band .. and is also thanked in the band's new CD.

hmmm.

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

This was one of the best reviews I've ever read, and I normally hate Scott for being pretentious and incredibly arrogant. He's damn good at what he does, and this is proof. I have the album, and it's good. Different for them, but very good. I can't imagine their live shows being real fun to watch now, but whatever. Smokin' review.

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

anyone else notice the difference in the tracks??? I have a song on my computer called Good to Know If I ever Need Attention all I need to do Is Die... and it starts "We were doomed from the start... " and so forth... but on the record, play crack the sky is listed as the 10th track and the 11th song is listed as play crack the sky... its odd... just checking to see what everyone else thinks...
hd313

inagreendase (June 18, 2003)

Rolling Stone will probably be creaming onto/into their mattresses at night the day BrandNew signs to a major (the day is inevitable) because then they can hype them even more and their MTV status much more easily. still surprised they haven't jumped shit yet, though. the other thing i also like about this album is that the small handful of people that were comparing BN to taking back sunday is no longer justified in any sort of way

dignin (June 18, 2003)

writing in bold is kickass

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

well i like the cd... the guy below knows what he is talking about... you all suck hard

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

The review was alright... I'll probably listen to it at some disc store. For all you people who say it sucks... SCREW YOU!!!

geetarchick (June 18, 2003)

i like this album possibly more than the last.

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

grrr.. their.. not they're.. dumbass

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

will brand new make any money off this record? will they sign to major soon?

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

Well they're plan worked.. I saw about 4 11-14 year old kids with this cd in their hands. I'm curious how they'll react when they hear it.

inagreendase (June 17, 2003)

"These fucking idiots will never gain any cred in the indie scene. Go back to PacSun or Hot Topic with your fag buddies The Movielife."

you idiot, are you kidding me? they already HAVE gained plenty of cred with this album.

the released an album to create a fanbase thing

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

decent album, very original. if u liked brand new before they got big u have to face facts, ur assaociating urself with a lot of preps and wannabe punks. i recently saw brand new at a fairly underground location, a small hall in north delaware, at this small hall i was not too suprised to find it overrun with fuckers wearing abercrombie and fitch, and american eagle, not to mention a fair number of twelve year old britteny spears. now im not saying brand is to blame for all this, but someone has to do something about what is happenning to punk. its turning soft. instead of being angry, emo bands are whining too their mommies. to brand new's credit they are one of the few bands who don't whine, and that is why i like them. we need to do away all the pop musicians who claim to associate themselves with punk, ie:simple plan, the all american rejects, and worst of all avril, along with a dozen others. we need to come back to our roots or we are going to lose our genre to the fucking preps who are currently invading. and to any preppy emo kid who reads this, go the fuck away, i don't want to see u at my shows, everytime i do it makes me want to kick your ass. if ur a prep from suburbia or some snobby rich kid who is sort of interested in punk u think, believe me ur not. go away go back to slime u cam from if i never see another person like that again it will be too soon.

evil_ash_2600 (June 17, 2003)

this score is for the review, and the album was decent too, much better than their last effort.

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

These fucking idiots will never gain any cred in the indie scene. Go back to PacSun or Hot Topic with your fag buddies The Movielife.

lunchbox (June 17, 2003)

greatn review, great album.

funkisdead (June 17, 2003)

why the fuck would you release an album just to garner a fanbase? that is called being a fucking bitch. regardless, this album is way better than i had ever anticipated. i guess would buy it for 9 bucks.

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

im nto here to review the album but rather the review......im cool and your review isnt

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

The band said their first record was just to create a fan base, and this second album is who they actaully are...i guess the fan base idea worked, and the new album definitly rocks.

benz (June 17, 2003)

oh yeah. i agree with whoever thinks that they are better than bright eyes. they can do the mellow stuff that bright eyes does, but then they can rock out the next second.

benz (June 17, 2003)

best buy is the best place to get cd's. unless they are really obscure.

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

I think its smart to use a modest amount of hardcore screaming. It should only be used when it is communicating a certain emotion. When all a band does is scream, it loses a lot of its meaning and ends up being kind of flat, in my opinion. I think this album uses the screaming quite well. Great job Brand New, now I have to go see them on the 3rd... i don't have money!!

inagreendase (June 17, 2003)

oh yeah, and about the hardcore screaming comment... i think its the best part of the CD, but unfortunately it occurs in all of 3 songs, the ones i mentioned and "quiet things.."

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

It's 8.99 this week.

inagreendase (June 17, 2003)

8.99 at best buy. maybe razor & tie is their distro? idk, best buy execs probably had some intelligence in them and realized that featuring this in the ad would boost sales pretty damn well after all the hype the album got, so they went into negotiations with the distro company with the right ideas in mind. if it IS razor & tie, well then i'm guessing they pulled it off well.

although...i think the entire first shipment of the south setauket, long island best buy was dropped or something. both mine and my cousin's cd case was cracked - dont u hate that shit when u buy it? the damage also managed to occur despite the cardboard boundary.

lieutenant (June 17, 2003)

How much is Best Buy selling this for? This may be an alright purchase for a cheap price.

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

just bought this record and i throughly enjoy it. i hae yet to hear "you favorite weapon" though.....did they smoke pot for that record too...i hope so..

-patmeo

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

I have only listened to the first 4 tracks (on the way to work, from Best Buy) but so far... My god, what the hell happened. Brand New was god awful before, but this, this is like faster Bright Eyes with some hardcore screaming and killer hooks. Wow, I'm loving what I'm hearing. I thought Suicide Machines was definately going to be the better of the two but it pretty much turned out to be same ol' same ol'. I'm really excited to hear the rest of this disc.

Say, is Triple Crown indie? It at least has to have some major label ties to get the distribution help. There were about 30 copies on Best Buy shelves.

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

did someone just say this is better than bright eyes...are you deaf

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

This is a decent record. Nothing groundbreaking, but it is still a pleasure to listen to. I live in eastern Canada and had no problem finding this album, i bought it for $14 at HMV, where they have almost 20 copies in stock. Quite an enjoyable review as well.

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

that is exactly what i have been telling my friends for the last few weeks

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

Very clever. Bravo.

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

good review for a great album

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

they are better than bright eyes

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

i'm not so sure about the whole bright eyes thing, i mean if brand new did listen to them they probably would have put them in on the liner notes with the bands to "listen to:" i'm glad they made an album that wasn't so easily digestible as "my favorite weapon". u have to actually listen to this 4 or 5 times to really get into it. i like it a lot and can't wait to see them on tour this summer.

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

i did not like this band before. i saw them once and all these kids were into them and i didn't understand it. but with this album they have now gotten my attention. i dig this a lot.

-greyicewater

inagreendase (June 17, 2003)

this album is pretty good, but i'm fully comprehending what so many people are having their kids over for on this album. at the same time, i think this would've been a flawless album if every song more closely followed the structure of "sic transit gloria" or "guernica," where the verses still had those moderately-quiet vocals but were a lot more uptempo, and the choruses were full-out shout-alongs that were more uptempo too. but nothing's perfect, and this is a good album, and i'm also ecstatic at the fact that i may not have to have my crotch up against some fat girl's butt in the crowd at the cd release show friday.

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

scott is amazing, but the record still blows who are they!? haha

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

Fucking good. If you like Brand New and you don't like this album at first, listen a couple more times. I'm gonna go buy it right now.

-psychobillywerecat

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

gosh scott i really do not enjoy your style.. why the frequent "pot" references? is that your hidden method of implying something, which i may say is completely false about the band whatsoever...

what if i said... scott's parents marry
scott's mom drinks
scott's mom gains tons of weight
scott's dad visits strip club
scott's dad bangs transvestite
scott's mom visits low end bar
scott's mom meets man
scott's mom is pregnant
scott's dad is furious.
scott's parents smoke pot
scott's mom drinks.
scott is born.

enough with the stupid, stupid comments/reviews... ENOUGH!

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

I really like this cd. Still not better than the new moneen. But good.

-feedmynightmare

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

hey COBRA VERDE- you don't happen to be in the shitty rock band of the same name, do you? if so, go back to being old and crappy.

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

You can't buy this in Eastern Canada.

I'm not spending 30$ to have this shipped over here.

Triple Crown's loss.

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

NAH!

I hate progression in my pop punk.

NO THANKS

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

I love this album almost as much as I love stuffing my obese face full of Hostess cupcakes and pudding pops!
-Fat Chick

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

You're not getting rid of us that easily bro! I LOVE this album! Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go play some lacrosse, do a keg stand, and date rape some cheerleaders...
-Frat Boi

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

the people's history can't compete with the people's champ.

-the phantom-

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

'bright eyes' is right..... But without the originality and talent. Cobra-verde

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

Holy shit! if even oldpunker likes it, it must be good! -cburst

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

Great review. Decent album, they certainly write some serious hooks, this album and the first one.

However, say what you will, but this band does nothing without Pro Tools. These kids can't sing, its that simple, but with a few twists and turns, wham, here you go.

ramo (June 17, 2003)

I just realize something...I'm going to their CD release show. Plus Crime In Stereo will be there.

lieutenant (June 17, 2003)

I realize that concept reviews can be a lot of fun, but I find that the whole personal nature that makes each review stand on its own is greatly lost. No longer is this a voice sharing thoughts on an album. It is an article.

ramo (June 17, 2003)

so my buddy lend me his copy of this CD and I must say I'm suprised. You see, Your Favorite Weapon had the lyrics but BN tried to sound like New Found Glory or any other pop punk band at that time. The vocals were to high and poppy for me to get into. Now they have a emo/indie type feel with "Already Heard". I must say this still doesn't convert me to a BN fan and jumping to another bandwagon doesn't impress me but I like this BN than the old one.

Fav song: The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

I really liked this cd after all. It made me think alot of the descendents only slower. I guess brand new is punk after all. -oldpunker-

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

This doesn't top the new Joan-of-Arc. So I guess this isn't very impressive.

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

killer review. killer cd. busted the fuck out of work the second we were freed for lunch to pick up this mufugga. don't plan on removing it from my cd player for a minimum of two weeks. nothin' but love for this killer band.

cburst

chad (June 17, 2003)

hahah i loved the morons everywhere part.

pdrpunk (June 17, 2003)

I totally agree with this review... Brand New did something I didn't expect by moving away from the way over done "pop-punk" sound and moving on in a direction they want to go. At least they chose to sound more like Bright Eyes.... they could have chose to sound like Blink 182. I'm glad all of the frat guys will stop listening to Brand New... And it is fucking cool that some fringe Brand New fans hate this record. This will easily be my favorite record of 2003...

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

good review, liked the jab at another certain site

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

this is really one of the best albums of 2003. If you want to hear "Your Favorite Weapon 2" you'll probably be disapointed, this cd rock even more.

And i'm french so "Déjà Entendu" is pretty easy for me to say!

benz (June 17, 2003)

didnt know these guys smoked all that pot. or is that just a way of saying they've mellowed out?

benz (June 17, 2003)

excellent review. i agree and seriously urge everyone to at least download this album. this band is going places.

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

The score is for the creative review, and thanks to that the review I will likely be purchasing this in the near future.

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

I really really like it. My biggest complaint about it is the Bright Eyes vocals rip-off. Why would someone like Jesse Lacey with a great voice rip off such a horrible voice like Conor Oberst's? It's madness. Especially in the last track, which is easily the worst on the cd for exactly that reason.

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

I hate bands like this..they release their first pop punk/emo/ CD, and BOOM next CD they "experiment". You've been around for what 3 years? What cred do you have? I remeber seeing them live last year, and they were wearing macbeth and looked like "skaters", Now they look like friggin old ass golfers..LAME

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

I know everybody wants to belive that these guys are original...but come on...its just more emo.....emo emo emo........Fucking lame

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

I really love this album. When I first heard it I was skeptical because it sounds so different from the first, but the more I listen to it, the more I love it. I'm going to buy it in a few minutes.

www.listen-to.com

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

best cd of 2003 so far.

suburbancore (June 17, 2003)

so good. i love it, even more than the first album.

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

Frat people suck.

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

Don't ever compare this trash to Bright Eyes.

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

gonna buy it today. i love this band.

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

The album came in the mail yesterday and I gave it two listens. So far I find it very boring. Perhaps since it's such a departure from the last album. I actually had 2 new cds that I bought in the player that I never listened too and thought I was listening to the wrong cd. Is this Brand New???? Complete 180 here....I think alot of the fans are going to be disappointed. I'm not counting it out yet but the outlook is not so good.

soulbleed (June 17, 2003)

'guernica' is the only song that really did it for me on this record. i think the last one is a little better, but maybe it needs to grow on me

themuffingirl (June 17, 2003)

why did i click on this?

bluetunehead (June 17, 2003)

im glad somebody else picked up on the coldplay rip-off on this thing. no question that this is a huge step up for the band, but they've still got a ways to go. this album really has been heard before from countless other indie acts from built to spill or modest mouse or the obvious bright eyes reference. but the complete 180 that this band has turned from their first release makes me think that they may actually have the ability to put out something amazing at some point. all the same, this is a solid album.

very funny review, btw

KillingMoon (June 17, 2003)

never been a fan at all. but the opinions on here that I respect are loving this CD, so maybe 1 1/2 years later I might like this band.

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

I'll be sure to pick this up.

8dollarclarinetsolo (June 17, 2003)

that was a great review, i will definetely check this out

hey_sailor (June 17, 2003)

Haha, I don't think the frat boys will ever get into Bright Eyes a little too "homo" for them.

tenderbransonx (June 17, 2003)

I dont mind these guys, in fact I liked the old album. I want to like this album and I do like some of the lyrics but damn it seems boring. Becuase it seems like bright eyes. Branching off into Bright Eyes land is not a risk its very calculated. Bright Eyes show are about to be full of frat kids too, Becuase they will try to be figuring out why he is opening for (god) Brand New. This might just be music for the moron that wants to be an elitest. Ok.
Steven
www.murdertheturtle.com

hey_sailor (June 17, 2003)

Completely off topic but I know some people will care...tonight Radiohead has a 2 hour concert airing on MTV2. Fucking rock.

Modern (June 17, 2003)

Pick it up. This CD is amazing.

hey_sailor (June 17, 2003)

Haha, I agree completely with this review. Especially the Bright Eyes part...but hey if it helped them get away from the cookie cutter songs they were writing before, more power to them.

KirbyPuckett (June 17, 2003)

Incredible album from one of my favorite bands.

- Scott
http://www.local-felons.com/
(This is why I own a B.N. t-shirt)

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

Am I the only one that absolutely cannot stand this band?

blaubs21 (June 17, 2003)

not only does this album kick ass, but that was one of the funniest reviews i've ever read.

dignin (June 17, 2003)

I with bandaid emily, a photo section would be killer.

sweetsugarpezz (June 17, 2003)

picking this up early tomarrow... cant wait to hear it... (p.s.- havent downloaded one song yet... it just feels dirty)
-sweetsugarpezz

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

i hated taking back sunday and brand new, and that slew of bands. I still hate those records.

However, suprisingly, I think this is a real strong release from a band I had no hopes of ever releasing a listenable song. I hate the first record, but they did good. The brand new boys got my vote. Just dont make this a one time thing. I'm still kind of wondering if this is just a trick.

wyzo

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

Brand mutha fucken new. Rock.

Kurt_F (June 17, 2003)

Man this disc is great.

mcpike (June 17, 2003)

from what i've heard. it sounds a lot better than the first record they put out.

bandaidemily (June 17, 2003)

No need to be nervous, Scott.

Nicely said.

And when is this site going to have a photography section, anyway?? I'm going to the CD release show in NYC; and I there's no other site (besides my own) that I'd want to have my pictures.

Worrrrd up.

ramo (June 17, 2003)

i really didn't like their last record. i mean it was well done pop punk but nothing that motivated me. what i'm trying to say is that these guys smoked some cheeba and released some ok rock tunes. but i'm not a fan of theirs...maybe a few listens will change my mind...maybe.

user13 (June 17, 2003)

great review. i want this album

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

This album is really good. I was a bit skeptical before I heard it, but they definitely have a great record here. And the review is pretty damn good too. Buy this record.

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

Haven't heard the album, but "Album gets bootlegged all over the internet weeks and weeks before it's release, causing morons everywhere to cream themselves" made me laugh, as did most of that review. Nice work Scott.

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