Sound — 9
Brand New's sound, which appears a little dirty and rough at first, is one of brilliance and flair. Whilst punk and modern rock mainstays were plugging the classics of the early naughties, like Blink 182 Adam's Song and the Offspring's I Want You, Brand New released an album audaciously moulded in the trends of their forefathers. Ambushing many other bands on their way to success, the Long Island quartet rose to fame on the back of punky ditties like Jude Law and a Semester Abroad and Failure by Design. Their sound, which to the untrained ear sounds much like any other late ninety's punk outfit, is superb. Riddled with nuances of flair and excellance, their sound mixes ecclectic electrics from Vinnie Acardi with Jesse Lacey supple, however aggresive, vocals. The results. Song that can be exploding one second in a Metallica-like fury, to a soft talk-through rhythm, not unlike a Ginger Baker drum solo.
Lyrics — 10
Lyrics are another feather in Brand New's cap. Jesse Lacey (lyricist and Vocalist). Whilst the lyrics may be taut and resolute, protraying the tried and tested laurels of girls and sex, Brand New make these elements transpose into a masterpiece. It is extremely easy to ridicule another person, but in poetic and lyrical sense, is quite the opposite. Testament to Jesse Lacey lyrical ability can be seen in the song Seventy Times Seven. On paper, the lyrics do not protray Jesse Lacey's vocals, which must be heard to be beleived. Jesse Lacey gives listeners the feeling as though we are actually driving in that car, slipping on the ice and crashing. Positively breathtaking.
Overall Impression — 10
This album, this band, is incomparable with other bands. So unique in their style, lyrics, vocals and music, Brand New appear to be setting new trends as far as modern rock is concerned. Each song on the album is divinly created, and even the weakest song (which feels like it was put together in under an hour) the acoustic, Soco-Amaretto Lime, hide cleverly created niches in which listeners take pleasure in.