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)
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)
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.
- At The Bottom
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)
This is Brand New’s debut album. They always do a wonderful job with their album artwork.
- 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)
This album artwork is just absolutely stupendous, like all of their albums. Deja Entendu means “already heard” in French.
- 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.