Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me

The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me

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by Brand New
     
 

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When Brand New released Deja Entendu in mid-2003, it caught a lot of their fans off guard. It found the band taking a stylistic leap forward from the clever (albeit cookie-cutter) pop-punk of their 2001 debut, exploring expanded sonic textures and indie rock overtones, their urgent choruses tempered by acoustic musings and softer

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When Brand New released Deja Entendu in mid-2003, it caught a lot of their fans off guard. It found the band taking a stylistic leap forward from the clever (albeit cookie-cutter) pop-punk of their 2001 debut, exploring expanded sonic textures and indie rock overtones, their urgent choruses tempered by acoustic musings and softer introspections. It all seemed very deliberate yet completely natural all the same, and the record was an underground smash. Something even more substantial was definitely brewing beneath the band's emo façade, and as a result, Brand New's follow-up was hotly anticipated for the three years it took the band to release it. The resulting The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me is the completion of their pop-punk molting process and one of the best surprises -- that isn't really a surprise at all -- to come out of 2006. Even when they were playing straightforward pop-punk ditties, Brand New had an edge to them that made them seem smarter than their peers; now they sound even older and stronger (and like they've been listening to a lot of '90s college and indie rock). This record is dark and dense, yet accessible, a shadowy air permeating every crevice where Jesse Lacey's plaintive and often tortured lyrics aren't already residing. He draws listeners in with vulnerable ruminations and questions of love, death, self, and religion, and his vocal inflections bring as much meaning to the table as his carefully chosen words. The opening "Sowing Season" ebbs and flows steadily, moving along under light guitar before exploding with percussion, Lacey ably switching from a hushed delivery into an anguished cry of emotion before falling back down again effortlessly. With it, Brand New sets up the somber intensity of the record straightaway. Textural and sonic layers unfold at every turn -- punching drums and trembling guitars here, aching vocals and subtle touches of string there -- and the album moves with a directed force that seems so naturally powerful and uncontrived, it's almost ridiculous to think that the band cut its teeth with poppy anthems like "Jude Law and a Summer Abroad." The Devil and God is not an album of hooks; the excellent percussive stomp of "The Archers Bows Have Broken" is the most immediate here, but songs get stuck in the brain nonetheless and demand repeated spins. Old fans especially smitten by Deja's "Play Crack the Sky" have no excuse not to love everything about this record, as even lengthy tracks (like the near-eight-minute "Limousine" or the chill-inducing beauty of "Jesus") are completely compelling. People who were ready to discount Brand New into the emo/TRL heap of the 2000s better rethink their stance; Brand New seems to know exactly what they're doing and this record is a testament to their ability to stay true to themselves. Whether they want to stay underground or fully break into the mainstream, this album has the potential to do either. Either way it doesn't really matter -- whatever happens, there's no denying how excellent this record is.

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Release Date:
11/21/2006
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0602517132542
catalogNumber:
000803402
Rank:
21710

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The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If there is one thing I have come to understand about Brand New, it's the fact that they will never make the same album twice. In "The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me" Brand New increase the tempo and do more experimenting, if possible, considering their last disc, "Deja Entendu" brought a whole new side out of them. The album is everything I hoped it would be and then some, with some new song structures. Sowing Season (Yeah) 9/10: The first song I heard from the album because it was available on myspace, it is a sign of the new BrandNew. Experimental but hard-hitting, it sets the tone nicely for the rest of the album. Millstone 10/10: One of my favorite tracks, it has some of the best lyrics on the entire album. It is dark and moody, but the honest side of the band that we have come to expect. It's great. Jesus Christ 10/10: This is the stand-out track of the album, and believe me it could very well be the best BrandNew song to date. It is a very touching, melodic track. You have to hear this song to believe it. Degrausser 9/10: Another stand-out. This song features an eerie chorus and is a very catchy track. A remade song of one of the demos that were leaked a few months ago. A great tune. Limousine 8/10: I have a feeling this track will grow on me significantly. It is the longest song, almost eight minutes, and features when different surprises. This song showcases what the new BrandNew has in store for us. You Won't Know 9/10: This track will surprise you. Comes off soft after the lengthy Degrausser, but after a "intro" quickly gains tempo and rocks you hard. Another solid track. Welcome to Bangkok 8/10: Is the better of the two mostly instrumental tracks. It really picks up midway through the song and allows us all to rock out and enjoy pure BrandNew bliss. Not the Sun 9/10: Is one of the shortest tracks and the vocals of Jesse Lacey remind me of Modest Mouse. It will surprise you but if you are an avid BrandNew fan you will enjoy this track. Untitled 6/10: This song is the most pointless on the album, but still brings the moody, eerie side to the album. The Archers Bows are Broken 10/10: This track comes as a pleasant surprise after the questionable "Untitled" song. It rocks hard from the get-go, and the chorus will stay stuck in your head for weeks on end. Well I am just gurssing considering I just got the album today. Handcuffs 9/10: Classic, BrandNew ending song. The lyrics are the rawest and the mood of the song is spine-tingling. Acoustic and down-tempo, the last line of the album will leave you thanking BrandNew for such an exceptional album and pleased they know how to end and album correctly. I've listened through this entire album three times now, and each time it gets better. What a fantastic album. This is the most brilliant band I've heard in awhile, and although it took three years to make, it was very well worth the wait. My pick for album of the year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is definately the best album of '06. The beautiful music created by these guys never ceases to amaze me. This album shows alot more maturity and understanding of life. Their depth has grown so much since the first album. It was definately worth the wait. Can't wait for the tour!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is really different from all their other work, but somehow it's still Brand New. The cd is more instrumental. I love it. The songs are deep, they really reach down to your soul. Whenever I listen to the cd, I find that I never skip a song. Yeah that's how good it is. I would definatly recomend this. It's worth every penny. If your someone that is debating on buying it or not. I would buy it. YOU WONT REGRET IT!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been listening to Brand New ever sense their first album came out (Your Favorite Weapon), and I have been able to watch their growth in their music Lyricly and instrumently. And I have to say they have never failed to impress me. The depth that they have reatched is amazing. They are able to tell a story so beautiful, and yet on such a personal level, it is hard not to get drawn into the music. Lyricly powerful with the music to back it up. This album is one of the most mature I have ever had the opportunity of listing to. For anyone who loves good music I hightly recomend this album. You will not be disapointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this album to be amazing, hauntingly emotional and beautiful. Brand New has always been one of my favorite bands, however, this album astounded me. I have played it countless times and have never grown tired of it. The dark aura surrounding each of the songs fits perfectly, and there's not a single song on this album I don't love. A must have for anyone interested in a dark, emotional music experience.
kateclementine More than 1 year ago
i've been a brand new fan from the days of 'your favorite weapon'. and i can honestly say that you hear their growth in every album and every song. with that said, i respect and admire the growth that is evident on this album. i still prefer deja entendu above any other brand new album, but this album should definitely not go without proper recognition. every single song tells an amazing, albeit dark story - and conveys the emotion the band was looking to capture perfectly. 'limousine' might be my favorite track on the album - mostly because of the story that inspired it. (if you don't know this you should look it up, i promise it makes the experience even better - the first time i listened to it after knowing exactly what it meant it brought tears to my eyes and gave me chills.)

a must listen for any brand new fan, and quite possibly any music fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never actually got m copy, ther was a shipping error and it did not arrive
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