Album Review: Miley Cyrus – Bangerz

This is the second post from our contributor Dan. Check out his previous post here. Thanks for reading!

What a year 2013 was for Miley Cyrus.  She went from almost falling off the face of the planet through sheer irrelevance to becoming the biggest pop culture phenomenon of the year.  Following all her ridiculous/attention-getting antics at the VMAs, Miley released her first album in 3 years.  Bangerz is exactly what it wants to be – an over the top pop album with synth-beats on almost every track and some big names in the Rap game (Big Sean, Future, etc).

One of the four album covers for Bangerz. The rest can be found here.

One of the four album covers for Bangerz. The rest can be found here.

I will be giving my overall grade (on a scale of 1 – 10; 10 being the best) of the album at the end, but instead of reordering the songs into ‘best to worst’ order I will be using colors to visually demonstrate which songs I like the most, least, and the songs I am apathetic about.

If a song is green – I like it more than others; if a song is blue – It’s listenable; if a song is red – I don’t really like it. I will be adding purple to the list as well; purple will be for my favorite song on the album.

I have written a short review of every song and highlighted it based upon the scale above.

Track List

1. Adore You
2. We Can’t Stop
3. SMS (Bangerz) feat. Britney Spears
4. 4×4 feat. Nelly
5. My Darlin’ feat. Future
6. Wrecking Ball
7. Love, Money, Party feat. Big Sean
8. Get it Right
9. Drive
10. FU feat. French Montana
11. Do My Thang
12. Maybe You’re Right
13. Someone Else

Cyrus performing on December 2013. (Source)

Cyrus performing on December 2013. (Source)

Track reviews

 1. Adore You

This was the opening song on the album, and it quickly bored me.  Not a great way to start an album, but lucky for Miley she was able to pull the rest of this album out of the rubble.

2. We Can’t Stop

Not a bad song.  Initially I did not like this song when I heard over the summer because it was not Party in the USA but it has eventually grown on me.  It’s green because as hard as you try to avoid this song, hearing it is inevitable.  Very catchy, very Miley.  This was the first everyone saw of Nu-Miley.

3. SMS (Bangerz) feat. Britney Spears

The first really cool sounding song on the album.  Very cool feature of Brittney Spears.  Still pretty repetitive.  First time I’ve listened to a Miley Cyrus song that she said a swear word. She is no longer Hannah Montana and that’s okay.

4. 4×4 feat. Nelly

There is a very interesting instrumental track for this song.  Almost sounds a bit country at times, which makes the Nelly feature make so much sense.  You really get to hear the Southern roots of Miley in her vocals for this track.  Nelly continues to do Nelly things, makes me miss ‘Country Grammar.’

5. My Darlin’ feat. Future

There is a lot of emotion put into the first lines Miley has in the song, but then Future comes in and ruins it.  Honestly, any other feature would make this an okay song.  The lyrics shift from pretty emotional and heart broken at the start, to “we gon’ make a movie, its gon’ be in 3d.”  This song had potential, but it just couldn’t keep me interested.

6. Wrecking Ball

Everybody and their mother knows this song and video.  There really isn’t anything I can say about this song that hasn’t already been said.  Pretty good lyrically, pretty catchy.

7. Love, Money, Party feat. Big Sean

Miley is channeling her inner Ke$ha on this song.  The words “Love”, “Money”, and ”Party” are repeated over and over and over.  Kind of gives me a headache.  If it wasn’t for Big Sean’s verse on this song I think this would have been a red song.

8. #GETITRIGHT

This song reminds me of a Robin Thicke song, with Miley playing the role of Thicke.  When you think of the song like that it is pretty interesting. The similarities to this song and ‘Blurred Lines’ are apparent.

9. Drive

Miley opens this song showing off her impressive vocal range. I am a big fan of the instrumental track used.  It made me want to freestyle at times, which is always a good thing.  Lyrics follow the heartbreak of most of the album.

After listening to the whole album, I have decided that this song is my favorite.  This song is good summary for the album.  It is very catchy at times, but it’s coming from a place of pain.  Miley is weak, confused, and scared.  To me, this song shows that.

10. FU feat. French Montana

This is another pretty cool song.  French Montana is another poor feature, but he doesn’t do a whole lot, so it doesn’t affect the track a whole lot.  The vocals are grandiose over a very dub-by instrumental – which sounds like a weird combination – but it ends up working for the song.  The lyrics are slightly goofy at times and don’t really go with her vocals, but it still ends up working.

11. Do My Thang

Stop trying to rap on trap beats Miley; I don’t think it works for you as much as you think.  A lot of “bitch rhymes with bitch” rhyme patterns… Weak.

12. Maybe You’re Right

Meh.  The whole ‘every song is about Thor’s Brother’ thing is getting a little boring at this point in the album.

13. Someone Else

I enjoyed this song.  I couldn’t tell you what I really enjoyed about it, but I know that I liked it.

The bracelet on Cyrus's knuckles reads 'NICK.'

The bracelet on Cyrus’s knuckles reads ‘NICK.’

Overall:

2013 was Miley Cyrus’ year as far as popularity goes, but it also has been a year full of heartbreak and self-destruction for the young pop star.  She dealt with the end of a marriage proposal, which is never an easy thing for anyone to do.  She came back from all that to release an album that was nothing like anything she had done before.

Personally, I enjoyed a chunk of the album.  Miley has amazing talent when it comes to singing.  There are times when I see her have the vocal range of someone like Christina Aguilera, which is amazing, but there are also times where she feels that she would rather rap.  I was not a fan of the latter.  The album was filled with “Bangerz” that you would typically hear at a college party or a club, but if that is not your scene then this album is not for you.

 Final Grade : 7/10

Too much of the CD was boring, or repetitive, to the point where I couldn’t see myself giving a much higher rating, but overall the CD was not terrible.  Miley is still young, so I can see her making many more albums following this; lets just hope the next one isn’t all about Thor’s Brother.

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The Most Boring Album of the Year, Saved (Partially) by Two of the Most Interesting Rappers Alive

This is the first blog post from contributor Keith. Please welcome him with open arms! He’s great and this piece illustrates that! This piece was completed in December 2013.

Earlier today I was standing in line at Chipotle (my intestines hate me, and for good reason) and, as usual, I was staring at my phone, searching whatever came to mind. At the particular moment in question, my mind was on Chance the Rapper. Since it came out I have listened to Acid Rap almost once a day (if not more) as well as #10day. The guy is amazing. No, this is not a review of either of those mixtapes, because honestly, that review would be so laden with praise I would hear schoolyard bullies the whole time, “If you love him so much why don’t you marry him?” Easier said than done, bullies.

But no, I didn’t want my first album review to be something that I have obsessed over, instead something I hadn’t heard yet. So, I began Googling. The first article I came across was from SPIN, an outrageously glitchy site (at least on my iPhone) that was filled with pop-up advertisements (I can’t afford a Tonka truck, don’t try to sell me a Camry), and I fought through the issues to reach the article, titled Chance the Rapper Lends (More) Genius to James Blake’s ‘Life Round Here’Immediately, I turned to my brother and asked him who James Blake was; his response was a ten minute rant on ‘how pissed he was that people were talking about this guy instead of the tennis player’ – my brother cares way too much about sports. I could see he was going to be no help and trudged on with the article. Apparently, Chance did an alternate version of the song and killed it, as expected. I figured, why not listen to James Blake’s new album (Overgrown) for my first review. Done.

First thing’s first, find out something about James Blake, so I hit up Wikipedia, and learned that people love him. Cool. Next, get ahold of the album. Done. Then it came time to listen to it. I formed an opinion almost immediately, but I’ll leave that for later.

For this review I am going to use Brad’s method for grading (for example), green, blue, and red categories for the songs, (great, good, bad; respectively) each group then gets an explanation; then purple for my favorite of the album. I decided to add a brown song for my least favorite. Why brown? You do the math. I will give an overall grade for the album on a ten point scale. After I finish, I am going to add one more part, and that is a review of Chance’s version of the “Life Round Here”. I am not going to listen to that song until I write the initial review because I know that it would cause bias, and I want to approach this as objectively as possible.

As always, this is purely my opinion, and while I certainly believe that my opinion is correct (I haven’t spent several years and thousands of dollars on college for nothing) you, dear reader, are entitled to your opinion. Remember, you chose to read this, I’m not forcing you.

Without further ado, the track listing:

  1. Overgrown
  2. I Am Sold
  3. Life Round Here
  4. Take a Fall for Me (feat. RZA)
  5. Retrograde
  6. DLM
  7. Digital Lion
  8. Voyeur
  9. To the Last
  10. Our Love Comes Back
  11. Every Day I Ran (Bonus Track)
The album cover.

The album cover.

The track listing in order with their colorized grades:

  1. Overgrown
  2. I Am Sold
  3. Life Round Here
  4. Take a Fall for Me (feat. RZA)
  5. Retrograde
  6. DLM
  7. Digital Lion
  8. Voyeur
  9. To The Last
  10. Our Love Comes Back
  11. Every Day I Ran (Bonus Track)

Purple Level Song:

4. Take a Fall for Me (feat. RZA)

Explanation:

By far the best song on the album. Mr. Blake needs to thank Bobby Digital for adding the only real substance to the lyrics of this album. RZA’s spoken word poetry is without a doubt the coolest thing about this album, and it reaches the deepest level of art and emotion that Overgrown has to offer. There is also some cool distortion employed onto Bobby’s voice, making for a very interesting listen.

Green Level Songs:

5. Retrograde
6. DLM

Explanation:

These two work well. They follow up the track with RZA well, and they sufficiently kept my attention all the way through them. “Retrograde” changed enough throughout the song to keep it interesting, and “DLM,” though a short song, uses a cool, asynchronous piano melody, it backs off on the over-the-top vocals, and it has more lyrical content than most of the rest of the album.

Blue Level Songs:

3. Life Round Here
7. Digital Lion

Explanation:

These two songs are blue because they didn’t hold me through the entire track, but they were interesting enough to get my attention. “Life Round Here,” being the song that drew me to this album in the first place, was a relief, as it was the first on the album that was actually bearable, which gave me hope for the version with Chance (which I have still yet to listen to). “Digital Lion” also came with some cool beats at points, but like so many songs on the album, fell into a repetitive lull by the end. Both of these songs are interesting enough to listen to, but they are kept out of the green level because they get lost in a vortex of repetition and make the eyelids heavy.

Red Level Songs:

1. Overgrown
2. I Am Sold
9. To the Last
10. Our Love Comes Back
11. Every Day I Ran (Bonus Track)

Explanation:

Boring. Boring. Boring.

I can’t say it enough. These five songs are aggressively unremarkable. Blake warbles on and on, articulating so little lyrical content that I wonder why anyone bothered writing lyrics. He could have achieved the same effect with just the non-verbal sounds that dominate most of these songs. I looked up the lyrics to all of them just to make sure that I wasn’t missing something and my stomach turned when I saw all of the lines cut and pasted over and over and over yet again. I would have to imagine that he got bored singing the same words in the same way so many times, because I certainly got bored listening to them. About halfway through each of these songs, I found myself wishing that it would end, and despairing at the small amount of time that had elapsed.

No change was in sight. None of these songs are long either. I would understand if it was like Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 where the songs actually do go on forever, but these ones just felt like they did. This section is especially bad because it includes the first two songs on the album. Before the first song ended (also the title track of the album!) I wanted to turn it off, but I had committed to it, so I powered through, and saw it to the end.

Brown Level Song:

8. Voyeur

Explanation:

Utter garbage. The lyrics are (according to metrolyrics.com)

“I don’t mind, it was all me/’Cause I am flawed/When I am through those doors/’Cause I am flawed/Times unsure/I should do whatever will make you feel secure/I don’t mind, it was all me.”

What am I supposed to get from that? Clocking in at 4:18, this is the fourth longest song on the album, and should have been – How long did it take you to read those lyrics? – Let’s go with your answer to that question. This song is terrible for all of the reasons that those in the red level have, but it is far worse for one major reason: this song thinks (personification for the song, I suppose I should say that James Blake thinks) that it does change and stay interesting, but this belief is a farce. The man repeats the same few words over and over, adding layers like a madman, but keeping the same boring gait. The vocals and sounds distort, discombobulate, and annoy the listener. It makes me think of the soundtrack that I imagine the CIA would have played over a brainwashing video in the sixties. If I have to hear “I don’t mind, it was all me” again, I may lose it.

Overall Grade: 2/10

I realize that this kind of music is in right now (for some reason), and though I just heard about it today, I understand that people love this album; but for the life of me I cannot figure out why. The vocal style is mind numbing and gets played out before the first song is even over, but continues for 43 minutes. The instrumentals are repetitive, only deviating to add unnecessary layers, there is virtually no lyrical content on the entire work (save for RZA’s shining verses), and it goes on for entirely too long. The only true bright spot on the album is RZA reciting a very cool poem, but that is not enough to redeem it. Yeah, a couple of songs are bearable, and a couple I would listen to again, but I would never put myself through the misery of this entire album again, and I wouldn’t suggest that anyone else do it.

Unless of course this album is your cup of tea. If you dig this style, cool, enjoy your nap, I’ll be listening to something with a purpose.

Extra Bit:

As I mentioned before, I will now be reviewing the version of “Life Round Here” with Chance the Rapper. I wrote the whole review of the album before listening to the song so that I wouldn’t know how great it could have been while reviewing what was actually on the album. I’ll be back in four minutes.

Chance The Rapper

Chance The Rapper

Alright, I lied. I listened to it a couple times, and read the lyrics along with Chance after the first listen. I wish I could take James Blake out of this song. As usual, Chance kills it, and ignoring Blake’s vocals the instrumental is really nice and compliments Chance well. Basically, for this song to reach the stratosphere of some of Chances other features (“LSD” by ProbCause, “Bout a Dolla” by the O’My’s, or “Tweakin” by Vic Mensa) he would probably need to get another verse and not have to compete with Blake for time and sound. I’m pretty much asking for James Blake to take his voice and name off the song (he’d still be the producer) and just let Chance do what he does best; kill it every time.

References:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/de/James_Blake_-_Overgrown_album_cover.png

http://www.spin.com/articles/chance-the-rapper-james-blake-life-round-here-remix/

https://chwomp.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/album-review-taking-back-sundays-tayf10-acoustic-album/

http://www.metrolyrics.com/james-blake-lyrics.html

http://www.metrolyrics.com/voyeur-lyrics-james-blake.html

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Lou Reed’s Review of Yeezus

Yesterday the world lost a Rock ‘n Roll great in Lou Reed. We dearly miss you already.

In honor of him I’d like to post a snippet of a review he gave on The Talkhouse of Kanye West’s most recent album Yeezus. The entire review is incredible and can be found here. It is NSFW, but I’m sure if you’re reading this you’re mature enough to handle some ‘bad’ words.

Here is a snippet of the review:

Many lyrics seem like the same old b.s. Maybe because he made up so much of it at the last minute.  But it’s the energy behind it, the aggression.  Usually the Kanye lyrics I like are funny, and he’s very funny here.  Although he thinks that getting head from nuns and eating Asian pussy with sweet and sour sauce is funny, and it might be, to a 14-year-old — but it has nothing to do with me.  Then there’s the obligatory endless blowjobs and menages-a-trois.

But it’s just ridiculous that people are getting upset about “Put my fist in her like a civil rights sign”?  C’mon, he’s just having fun.  That’s no more serious than if he said he’s going to drop a bomb on the Vatican.  How can you take that seriously?

And then he’ll come out with an amazing line like “We could have been somebody.”  He’s paraphrasing that famous Marlon Brando line from On the Waterfront, “I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let’s face it. It was you, Charlie.”  Or he says “I’d rather be a dick than a swallower” — but then he does a whole chorus with Frank Ocean.  What he says and what he does are often two different things.

“Hold My Liquor” is just heartbreaking, and particularly coming from where it’s coming from — listen to that incredibly poignant hook from a tough guy like Chief Keef, wow.  At first, West says “I can hold my liquor” and then he says “I can’t hold my liquor.”  This is classic — classic manic-depressive, going back and forth. Or as the great Delmore Schwartz said, “Being a manic depressive is like having brown hair.”

“I’m great, I’m terrible, I’m great, I’m terrible.”  That’s all over this record.  And then that synthesized guitar solo on the last minute and a half of that song, he just lets it run, and it’s devastating, absolutely majestic.

Reed does a stupendous job on relaying his understanding of West to us, and with West being a polarizing (and hard to understand) figure it is helpful. I like Kanye West, but it took a magnificent artist, like Lou Reed, to help us proles understand another magnificent artist like Kanye West.

We will miss you, Lou Reed.

 

Album Review: Mayday Parade ‘Monsters In The Closet’

As I stated yesterday I would be doing an album review of Mayday Parade’s Monsters In The Closet. 

This is that aforementioned review.

Cover art for Monsters In The Closet (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Cover art for Monsters In The Closet (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

I’ll preface this review by stating I have not listened to many older Mayday Parade songs recently, and am a casual fan of their’s, so I do not have a bias one way or the other for them. I’ve seen them live (Warped Tour ’12) and thought they were quality. I will also say that I have listened to the album on repeat several times (six or seven) without paying attention to titles, then I listened twice through while paying attention to which song was playing.

With that said, I am excited for this album because there are several songs from Mayday Parade that I enjoy and get excited for when my iPod shuffles to one of those songs. I love most pop-punk music, even if most pop-punk music caters to the ‘lovey-dovey’ pseudo-punk types. Let’s see if there are any songs on this album that will give me that same excitement!

Here are the songs (in order) that are on Monsters In The Closet:

  1. Ghosts
  2. Girl
  3. Last Night For A Table Of Two
  4. 12 Through 15
  5. The Torment Of Existence Weighed Against The Horror Of Nonbeing
  6. Even Robots Need Blankets
  7. Repent And Repeat
  8. Demons
  9. Sorry, Not Sorry
  10. Nothing You Can Live Without, Nothing You Can Do About
  11. Hold Onto Me
  12. Angels

To my knowledge there are no hidden tracks (yet), nor are there any bonus tracks garnered from special purchases through iTunes. This is it.

Photo Credit: Tom Falcone

Photo Credit: Tom Falcone

I will be giving my overall grade (on a scale of 1 – 10; 10 being the best) of the album at the end, but instead of reordering the songs into ‘best to worst’ order I will be using colors to visually demonstrate which songs I like the most, least, and the songs I am apathetic about.

If a song is green – I like it and will continue to listen to it daily; if a song is blue – It’s listenable, but not a favorite; if a song is red – I don’t really like it. I may expand upon the colors in the future to showcase a wide array of different feelings towards songs. I may include values (+1 or -1 for instance) to come up with a score for the entire album as well.

I will explain below why songs have been given their color.

  1. Ghosts
  2. Girls
  3. Last Night For A Table Of Two
  4. 12 Through 15
  5. The Torment Of Existence Weighed Against The Horror Of Nonbeing
  6. Even Robots Need Blankets
  7. Repent And Repeat
  8. Demons
  9. Sorry, Not Sorry
  10. Nothing You Can Live Without, Nothing You Can Do About
  11. Hold Onto Me
  12. Angels

Green Level Songs:

2. Girls
5. The Torment Of Existence Weighed Against The Horror Of Nonbeing
8. Demons

Explanation:

These songs are great and I truly enjoy them. I will enjoy them for a while too because these are the type of songs that I put on workout playlists, travelling playlists, and just my daily driving playlist. Each such evokes a weird, but terrific, emotion in me that I like to receive from listening to music.

Blue Level Songs:

1. Ghosts
3. Last Night For A Table Of Two
7. Repent And Repeat
9. Sorry, Not Sorry
11. Hold Onto Me

Explanation:

For the most part these songs are enjoyable and I will be giving them several more listens as the weeks pass by, but other than the occasional shuffle to one of these songs I won’t be going out of my way to listen to them. I also dislike the name of the song ‘Sorry, Not Sorry’ but really like the sound of the song. It put me in a quandary on whether I should rank it green or blue.

Red Level Songs:

6. Even Robots Need Blankets
12. Angels

Explanation:

Now being a ‘red level’ song doesn’t mean the song is bad, per se, but that I just didn’t enjoy it at all. And by ‘all’ I mean the lyrics, the song title, the music (instrumental) in the song, and the pace of the song (among other things). These songs just don’t do it for me at this point in time. As I have heard before: ‘Different strokes for different folks!’

Overall Grade: 6.5/10

Not a terrible album at all, but not an album that is groundbreaking or award worthy to be honest. There are some great songs on this album, ‘Girls’ is my favorite, and, who knows, I may come around on the others in due time! If you have a comment, good or bad, about my review please let me know why in the comment section! Thank you for reading!

Soon: Mayday Parade Album Review

Once I have thoroughly listened to Mayday Parade’s new album Monsters In The Closet I will post a review on it!

Expect to see it later on tonight, or tomorrow! (Tomorrow I will be posting all my usual staples that I have missed posting due to illness, so don’t fret!)

Cover art for Monsters In The Closet (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Cover art for Monsters In The Closet (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Buy Monsters In The Closet in stores, or on iTunes, now!

Ranking Brand New’s Albums

All of Brand New‘s work is brilliant, even if it is depressing, anger filled work.  All of their albums have a different sound, but still have that very uniquely Brand New sound to them.  I am going to rank Brand New’s four albums, and explain why that album has that position.  Each album is number one in my heart, but for the sake of argument I will do my best to place each album in it’s appropriate rank.  If you haven’t listened to Brand New before (What is wrong with you!?) then listen to one of their songs.  I will not include their Untitled album.

4. The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me (2006)

Brand New, The Devil and God Are Raging Inside

Best Songs:

This album may be their most depressing, but most visceral.  Every song, not just the four listed, strikes a chord in you and makes you really think deeply about the song, and about your own life.  Limousine may be their most depressing song because of it’s origin.   Limousine’s song meaning:

The song was written about the death of 7-year-old Katie Flynn. Katie had been the flower girl at her aunt’s wedding and left in a limousine. The limousine was hit by another car and Katie was decapitated. Katie and the limousine driver, Stanley Rabinowitz, were both instantly killed. The driver of the other car, Martin Heidgen, 25, had at least 14 drinks that night and his blood alcohol content, at 0.28%, was more than three times the legal limit in New York (0.08%). He drove more than two miles north on the southbound side of the highway the Flynn family were driving along at the time of the collision.

Source: This YouTube Video Of The Song.

May Katie Flynn and Stanley Rabinowitz rest in peace.

Listen to this album if you really want to feel something and have your emotions all over the place.  Very powerful and great album.

2. Daisy (2009)

Daisy Album, Brand New

This may be my favorite album artwork for Brand New.  It’s mystifying, yet so simple.  It’s also mesmerizing for some reason as well.

Best Songs:

  • Daisy
  • At The Bottom
  • Vices
  • Sink

When asked about a new album, lead singer Jesse Lacey said that “Daisy felt like the end of the road.”  It definitely feels like an ending album for a band, however Daisy is not the last album for Brand New.  It is a very deep album, like all of theirs, but Daisy requires more thinking when listening to the album.  Daisy is also much darker in theme than other albums, though not necessarily depressing as The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me.  The vocals are much harsher in sound in this album than any other.

2. Your Favorite Weapon (2001)

Brand New, Your Favorite Weapon, Music

This is Brand New’s debut album.  They always do a wonderful job with their album artwork.

Best Songs:

  • Jude Law And A Semester Abroad
  • Seventy Times 7
  • Sudden Death In Carolina
  • Failure By Design

Since this was their debut album, I imagine Brand New was trying to get a feel for their own ability and sound.  Or they were just out there making good music.  Either way, this is a fantastic album, let alone a fantastic debut album.  I believe Brand New could have been overlooked (at the mainstream level) because at the time of this album’s debut (2001) and Brand New’s emergence, emo and scene music had taken over, while the alternative rock bands of the 1990’s slowly were fading to black and not getting much airtime on radios. However, I don’t believe one can simply put Brand New in a certain genre or subgenre of music because of their ability to change their sound each album flawlessly. They’re a rock band.  Simple as that.

1. Deja Entendu (2003)

Deja Entendu, Brand New, Music

 

This album artwork is just absolutely stupendous, like all of their albums.  Deja Entendu means “already heard” in French.

Best Songs:

  • Okay I believe you, But My Tommy Gun Don’t
  • Sic Transit Gloria (Glory Fades)
  • Me Vs. Maradonna Vs. Elvis
  • Good To Know That If I Ever Need Attention All I Have To Do Is Die

This is the best Brand New album, and is their sophomore album.  They showed a lot of growth from Your Favorite Weapon and sort of grew more musically, and of course their lyrics on this album are astounding as always.  Nearly every song is near 5 minutes in length or longer, so they don’t skimp on the music whatsoever.  More heaven for your ears.

Disagree with my ranking, or believe they’re in a good order? Let me know in the comments.  Also, if you have any suggestions on ranking a band’s albums comment below.