If you’re anything like me, you found out that Brand New released a new album about a day late. Staying on top of new music can be so difficult, and Brand New not only had a pre-order going, but RELEASED the album early! I’m pretty out of touch with new music and I’m thankful that Spotify doesn’t track how many times you listen to a song because I’d be in trouble. I think I listen to Deja Entendu, front to back, three or four times a week – not ashamed.
If you’re also like me, you’ll listen to an album front to back regardless of if it’s good or bad; which can totally be a great thing, but man I’ve listened to some rough stuff. So let’s talk about Brand New and then let’s talk about Science Fiction.
For me, Brand New’s Your Favorite Weapon provided my angsty teen years with some “f*$# you” music and Deja Entendu provided my current self a little more emotional stability or maturation. I think we can all agree Daisy and TDAGARIM was great, as well, but Deja Entendu had my heart for best album.
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However, when Science Fiction came out my opinions drastically changed. From front to back, there is not one bad song on the album. “Lit Me Up” starts off with a woman speaking with a therapist and recounting a dream, and continues to question your inner self, starting with the line, “it’s where you live but you don’t know how it’s built.”
“Lit Me Up”
One of my favorite aspects of the album, though, is the nice Modest Mouse influence on “Same Logic/Teeth”. We know that Brand New had toured with Modest Mouse last year so it totally explains the guitars and short stops in the song – SO GOOD. Anyway, the main thing is that after eight years of producing nothing but LP’s, Brand New came out HOT with Science Fiction and topped charts. Some bands worry they’ll be forgotten after so long, but Brand New really killed it.
TLDR; Science Fiction provides a dark, slow and steady rhythm of trying to figure out if life’s worth living or if it’s just kind of something we do because it’s there.