Brand New have a hell of a time surpassing their brilliant work on â€œDeja Entenduâ€. Will the band ultimately fail like so many other acts, or will their work build off of critical successes (much as in the way that Coheed & Cambria did with â€œGood Morning, Apolloâ€)? The band likes their long tracks on â€œThe Devil and Godâ€, with only 1/4ths of the bandâ€™s output being under four minutes (the average song length on this disc is four and a half minutes). The disc starts off with â€œSowing Seasonâ€, which would be a dead ringer for a Nirvana track if the song came out in 1992 instead of 2006. The band moves back into a more â€œemoâ€ style for the discâ€™s second track, â€œMillstoneâ€.
In this track, it seems as if Brand New have blended equal parts late-era Blink 182 with The Cure. What is created is a very emotional track that has an odd, almost danceable background to it. The vocal opening to â€œJesusâ€ has a hint of Conor Oberst to it, even though the output of this track is much more clear than anything Bright Eyes created off of â€œLiftedâ€. There is a much more quiet type of energy that is dominant during â€œThe Devil and Godâ€. While there are times that Brand New return to â€œGuernicaâ€ (such as during the later parts of â€œJesusâ€), the energy is much more organic instead of being a little forced at times. The instrumentation on songs like â€œDegausserâ€ is also leaps and bounds ahead of what was present on â€œDeja Entenduâ€. Brand New has grown so much as a band; where their previous disc was a stellar example of what emo could strive to be, â€œThe Devil and Godâ€™ has a much more diverse influence set that allows for a different Brand New to be shown.
â€œDegausserâ€ also allows Brand Newâ€™s Cure influence back out, as there are times during this track that the song could easily be on â€œKiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Meâ€. Brand New and Coheed and Cambria are on a crash course to determine which band is the best post-emo act out on the market currently. While there might not be as immediately catchy of tracks on â€œThe Devil and Godâ€, the disc as a whole is much more solid than â€œGood Morning, Apolloâ€. Regardless of whether one is a fan of Brand New or not, make a concerted effort to pick up this album.
Top Tracks: Limousine, Jesus
Brand New â€“ The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me / 2006 Interscope / 12 Tracks / http://www.fightoffyourdemons.com / http://www.interscope.com / Reviewed 19 January 2007