Sound — 8
Brand New put out "Deja Entendu" in 2003 and since then it has become the staple sound that fans love. Jesse Lacey has a voice full of emotion. His tone shifts ever-so-slightly upwards, giving his voice a choked up feel. The band consists of a Lacey, who plays guitar and sings, another guitarist, Accardi, who's singing is integral to the Brand New sound, a drummer, Lane, and a bassist, Tierney. The sound quality is excellent while still retaining the underproduced sound of the genre. The drums are loud enough to drive the music but doesn't overwhelm the other parts. Fans of "punk screaming" may like this album because of the inclusion of yells and screams. The bass is louder than most albums permit and it does wonders for the sound. The bass being discernible but not overbearing really drives the piece.
Lyrics — 9
The true lyrical showcase of the album is "Sic Transit Gloria... Glory Fades," a song about a virgins experience with a prostitute. Lacey and Accardi sing back and forth in a style that sounds like an inner conflict. Lyrics like "He is the lamb she is the slaughter she's moving way too fast and all he wanted was to hold her" showcase Lacey's driving realist style. The song "Guernica," inspired by Picasso's painting and the slaughter of innocent people by the Spanish dictator has sorrowful lyrics and excellent metaphors. Altogether Lacey combines his desperate voice with Accardi's driving guitar and harmonies makes for a great listening experience.
Overall Impression — 10
"Deja Entendu" has become the staple album for Brand New and many kids have adopted the ballad "The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot" as their anthem. Compared to "Your Favorite Weapon," this album was their break in to the eye of the public. The most expressive song on the album is "Ok I Believe You But My Tommy Gun Don't." This slower song describes Lacey giving up on the world. He describes how he hates how people act. If this album were stolen I would hunt down he thief and burn him at the stake. This album is precious because it connects to people on many levels. If changes were to be made to it it would not suffer from utilizing the unused material from their demo album, "Fight Off Your Demons."