Album Review: Brand New – Science Fiction

If you’re a fan of intelligent, thought-provoking rock music, listen up! Brand New have just released their fifth album with no warning, and it’s something special yet again. All of Brand New’s albums are atmospheric treks through a beautiful, yet unsettling musical soundscape, with lyrics to match, and this is no different.

In contrast to their name, this is likely to be their last album, with it being regularly stated that 2018 will be the band’s last year of existence. It’s been a rather barren few years in terms of Brand New releases, but, in typical fashion, they have released their new album suddenly without any warning; and what a closing album it is!

The record shows Brand New’s musical style at it’s best, blending quiet and melancholy with loud and angry, defined perfectly by one of the best tracks on the album in ‘Same Logic/Teeth’. Jesse Lacey’s songwriting is just as introspective, yet mournful as ever, particularly on second track ‘Can’t Get It Out’, singing ‘I’m just a manic depressive/Toting around my own crown/I’ve got a positive message/Sometimes I can’t get it out’ in the last chorus. Seemingly, he is writing from the perspective of someone at the end of their career, looking back at his time as a member of Brand New. Another song that seemingly looks this way is the eerily beautiful ‘In The Water’, with even more reflective lyrics.

There are obviously other things that make this album great, like the fantastic bass groove of ‘Desert’, the incredible guitar in ‘Out Of Mana’, and the creepy interludes that underpin the atmosphere of the album, but if I was to sit here dissecting the album I’d be here all week. So all I’m going to say is, listen to this album. If you like it, buy it, and support the band in its last year of existence. Brand New, your time in the rock world has been special. If 2018 truly is your last year, you will be missed.

Best songs: Can’t Get It Out, Out Of Mana, Same Logic/Teeth

Score: 9/10


My Top 20 Albums: 10-1

Continuing on from my first post on this topic, here are my top 10 albums of all time. These all come as massive recommendations from me, and I think you should listen to all of them:

10. The Killers – Sam’s Town

The Killers were one of the first bands I ever got into after finding ‘When You Were Young’ on a Guitar Hero game. The song was great, and I spent ages listening to it as I played video games as a kid. From this I went on to listen to the full album, and what a treat it was. Not a single song was out of place, and even though Hot Fuss is the fan favourite album, I still prefer this one.

9. Sum 41 – Does This Look Infected

I first got into Sum 41 with All Killer, No Filler. After a while of listening to it though, I desired something new, which lead to me buying this album. It contained a whole new catalogue of songs, even angrier and better than the last album. After this I bought many more Sum 41 albums, and while they were all great, none could live up to this.

8. Brand New – Deja Entendu

What an album this is! I love that it takes the concept of a rock album, and all the usual topics talked about, and turns them on their heads. Each song is a masterpiece in its own right, and this album defines emo as a genre.

7. Muse – Black Holes And Revelations

Muse have many great albums, but this will always have a special place in my heart. I feel like it encompasses some of their best work, and is one of the very few albums that I enjoy every song on. Matt Bellamy is truly in his prime on this one.

6. My Chemical Romance – Danger Days

To most MCR fans, this will come as a massive surprise. The Black Parade is widely considered their best work, closely followed by Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge, but I prefer their final effort. Why? I feel like it just works. Don’t get me wrong, I love their other work, but there is something about this album that just clicks with me. It is catchy, upbeat, infectious, and I love it.

5. Panic! At The Disco – Vices And Virtues

Again, this is one of the few albums I love all of the songs from. Every song is just everything I expect from a Panic! song. There are fast songs, slow songs, catchy songs, emotional songs, just about everything on this album. And I feel like everything really does work.

4. Royal Republic – Weekend Man

This is probably the most recent release on this list, but as the years go by I know I won’t love this album any less. It is undoubtedly the catchiest album I have ever heard, and I’m shocked that this band aren’t more popular than they are. I recommend this album to anyone and everyone, as it showcases rock music at its best.

3. Twenty One Pilots – Vessel

This should be less surprising, as I’m sure most Twenty One Pilots fans would list this as one of their favourite albums. But there is reason behind that. This album is one of the most diverse but coherent albums I have ever listened to, and it cover a range of meaningful topics cleverly and insightfully. An essential listen for anyone.

2. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Stadium Arcadium

If you want my extended thoughts on this album, you can check out my classic album review on it, but in short, this album is almost perfect. It combines so many styles and different sounds into 28 songs that are all wonderful in their own right. You’d struggle to find a better album anywhere.

1. Rise Against – The Sufferer And The Witness

Is it any surprise that a Rise Against album takes the top spot. I’ve never really kept my love for this group a secret, and I feel like this album is the best of their work. It is the perfect middle ground between their newer, more melodic work and their angry punk roots. Every song is incredible, and just listening to it makes me want to start my own revolution. Because not only is this album great musically, it is meaningful too, standing up against many wrongdoings in the word. It is the perfect package, and I love it!