Music Review: Brand New – Daisy

brand-new-daisy-artwork2The evolution of Brand New hasn’t been drastic from CD to CD but since Your Favorite Weapon the band has come quite a ways.  Brand New’s last effort, The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me, was a masterpiece and one of the most expertly crafted concept albums I have ever been privy too.  That said, the album did not take right away.  In fact, upon first listen I have never been that impressed by a Brand New album.  For whatever reason, the band’s work takes several listens to catch on for me but eventually it reaches some kind of event horizon and begins growing on me rapidly.  This was the case with their last two albums especially and still rings true for their latest effort, Daisy.

First impressions are definitely interesting for Daisy, this is helped in large part by the interesting addition of an operatic female vocalist singing over piano on the album opener, ‘Vices’.  This little oddity eventually segways into what is one of the many rockin’ songs on the album.  One of the first observations that listeners will likely note on the first time through this album, is that Jesse Lacey is doing a substantial bit more screaming than on past albums.  However, this screaming is often foiled against some melodic background vocals that keep the songs from delving into an atonal mess.  All told, this album is not as big of a sonic leap as Deja Entendu to The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me but the album does have the band showing more of their heavier side and less of their introspective and calm side.  At the time I am writing this review I get the sense that this album is not done growing on me but I feel that it is safe to say that it doesn’t have the lyrical depth that I found in The Devil and God.  Songs like ‘Jesus Christ’ just don’t come along everyday and Daisy does seem to be lacking in that there isn’t any one track on the album that I have fallen in love with.

The song ‘Bed’ is probably my least favorite song on the album as it revolves almost entirely around the lyrics “Laid her on the bed”.  Take that to mean what you will, but on the whole the song doesn’t ring with any real significance when compared to the rest of the album despite the fact that it is one of the more “laid” back songs on the album.  The middle of this album however, is rock solid.  The tracks ‘At The Bottom’, ‘Gasoline’, and ‘Sink’ are some of the definite highlights that make the middle of this album fly by.  While the end of the album does not burn as bright as the middle, Daisy on the whole is a pretty enjoyable ride and deserves at least a few listens from anyone that calls themselves a fan of Brand New.

Bottom Line:

Daisy is almost everything I could have hoped for on a new Brand New album.  While it will likely never overcome its predecessor, it will definitely please most Brand New fans.  If you haven’t heard Brand New before,Daisy seems like as good of a place as any to start.

–Ben

Brand New – Daisy: 8.8 out of 10.0

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~ by mediametric on October 18, 2009.

One Response to “Music Review: Brand New – Daisy”

  1. I agree somewhat about brand new’s albums taking a while for one to actually recognize their sheer genius, but i fear that daisy might’ve taken them from mad-genius to just plain mad. too much yelling and screaming desensitize you to it. no longer is the yelling a climax of the song, but it’s the WHOLE song, which gets old fast. but i’ll give it a few more listens here and there and hope that i end up somewhat understanding what jesse and crew were trying to do with this one. they deserve the benefit of the doubt after giving us so many good songs.

    -Kevin

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