My experience with Brand New began with listening to â€œSic Transit Gloriaâ€¦Glory Fadesâ€. Hether the triple-harmony and odd time signatures really begin to make the band for me. While I was worried about what I had already heard about the band, Brand New begins Deja Entendu screaming, rocking,andwith an amalgamation of styles that would make Blink 182, The All-American Rejects, Wakefield, and The Ataris jealous. â€œI Will Play My Game Beneath the Spin Lightâ€ begins with an acoustic guitar line (think the Eaglesâ€™ â€œHotel California), quickly moving to an after-hours sound, making for a song that seems more suited for the end of the disc rather than being in the first forth of the CD. The sense of hopelessness during IWPMGBTSL is retracted for â€œOkay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Donâ€™tâ€, a track that takes place before the break-up in â€œI Will Playâ€.
â€œOkay I Believeâ€ has a much more crunchy sound to it than the prior tracks, possibly to aid the Weezer-esque chorus The video single, â€œThe Quiet Things That No One Ever Knowsâ€, is as sharp and stunning even without the very-striking music video for the track (which has Jesse fading in and out, with and without bruises, being in an accident with a love interest). Moving from the emotional opus that is â€œThe Quiet Thingsâ€, â€œThe Boy Who Blocked His Own Shotâ€ is a deadpan reaction and a reductio ad absurdum to a split-up or spat between the two lovers. However, the minimalist approach so soon after the aural orgasm that is â€œThe Quiet Thingsâ€ strikes me as a weaker song, even though it is a much more poignantly written track. â€œJaws Theme Swimmingâ€ takes the strongest pieces from both of its parents, â€œThe Boy Whoâ€ and â€œThe Quiet Thingsâ€. â€œJaws Theme Swimmingâ€ is another slow-themed song, only taking up the mantle of screamo-punk during the chorus.
â€œMe Vs. Maradona Vs. Elvisâ€ never gets started; the minimalist style that Brand New loves to flirt with does the equivalent of standing up the Brand New, and the whispered-out vocals of Jessy cannot make up the discrepancy. â€œGuernicaâ€, most likely the second single released off the disc, is the most personal and hard-hitting : like â€œThe Quiet Thingsâ€, the intensity of the fast-riding chorus and the lyrics (including â€My Lungs are fresh and yours to keep, kept clean and they will let you breatheâ€) make this a track that captures both sincerity and a catchy sound.
Top Tracks : The Quiet Things No One Ever Knows, Guernica-, Good to Know That if I Ever Need Attention All I Have to Do is Die
Rating : 8.2/10
Brand New â€“ Deja Entendu / 2003 Triple Crown Records / 11 Tracks / http://www.brandnewrock.com / http://www.triplecrownrecords.com / Reviewed 29 July 2003 / Released 20 June 2003