Sound — 10
Deja Entendu by Long Island's "Brand New" is basically a tribute to the bands favorite artists. In the linear notes of the album there is a section titled "Listen To." There you will find a list of about 30 artists that the band considers an influence to their new sound. In each song you can hear bits of each and every artist listed there. If you listen even closer, you can even here some familiar riffs from these artists. Despite the album being a "tribute" it is also an amazing and original piece of music. It has a dark and moody tone that is actually pretty mellow. The riffs and hooks are very loose until the catchy and tight choruses come in. Each song has a different tone. From mellow acoustic numbers (Play Crack the Sky) to hard-hitting standouts (Sic Transit Gloria...Glory Fades.)This is a huge maturation from Your Favorite Weapon which was pretty much your basic punk-pop/pop-emo album.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics on this album are some of the best and personal lyrics I have seen in a band in the past few years. From the haunting openers only words, I'm sinking like a stone in the sea, I'm burning like a bridge for your body, to the albums romantic end, each song has a personal message that everyone can relate to. While most emo bands cry and cry about some girl that broke their hearts years ago, Brand New covers diverse topics such as being in a cocky band, losing a loved one to disease, and even paints a love story that is torn apart by the menace of the sea. Each song will put you into the time and place it creates, which will send shivers down your neck with each second and word. Jesse Lacey is also the perfect vocalist for the sound and atmosphere he creates. Each song has layers and layers of yearning vocals that send the emotions of the songs straight to your heart and soul. The album can go to intense screaming to a soft whisper. There are even times that you discover a few new lines or even an entirely new vocal track under the well-placed harmonies.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall this is an Amazing album. While most Emo bands sound whiny and sad, Brand New can hit just as hard without the clich' lyrics and sounds that come with the genre. I recommend this album to any fans on the genre or the band.