Brand New – Daisy


Artist

Album

Daisy

Label

Universal

Year

2009

Genre

For Fans Of

Taking Back Sunday, Manchester Orchestra, Bayside.

Summary

Brand New blends their familiar rock with a new path of acoustics in one big confusing punch in the face of an album.

Rating

70 / 100

There’s a stigma that surrounds any album, but particularly the fourth. By the time you’re making your fourth album you’ve obviously successfully established yourself as a band, managed to attract a loyal fan base and some form of financial security, but what on earth is going to go on this album? Something different or something similar?  

 

Brand New have clearly chosen to go with something different. So much so that fans of their last album, The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me may have trouble adjusting to the sound created on this one. Made up of softer, clearer (almost acoustic) tones combined with intermittent thrashing electric guitars, Daisy is a stark contrast to anything I had previously heard by Brand New, and from an unknowing perspective – I found it quite enjoyable. 

 

But, as I said, don’t be fooled by opening track ‘Vices’. The crashing drums and At The Drive-In resembling guitar riffs are a mere temporary distraction from what the rest of the album has to offer. ‘Bed’ is a clear indicator of the sounds on the rest of the album as it introduces your ears to soft, whispery vocals, simple guitar chords and gentle drums. ‘Bed’ might be a good title for the track as it’s almost sleepy. 

 

‘At The Bottom’ is Daisy’s very first single, and it’s a pleasure to hear brooding bass lines combined with louder, sharp vocals after the previous 3 minutes of boring quiet. The lyrics on this track are as innovative as ever (something song-writer and vocalist Jesse Lacey has always been able to do well) and it’s impossible to not like the catchy backing vocals. It’s impossible to not like this song at all. 

 

Fourth track ‘Gasoline’ continues the trend of stripped back guitars but juxtaposes the sound with foggy and screechy vocals. A complete contrast to ‘Bed, ‘Gasoline’ is a chaotic three and a half minutes of experimental noise which kind of puts you off step for moment.

 

Then, ‘You Stole’ starts. What on earth just happened? The pandemonium heard in the previous track instantly disappears, and Lacey is back to softly singing lullaby lyrics over the top of deep bass reverb. The drastic changes in sound are so confusing that you don’t know whether to find solace in them or turn the album off.  

 

Next track ‘Be Gone’ doesn’t exactly help with trying to find your aural footing, as Lacey’s vocals are put through some seriously incomprehensible effects while a country-inspired acoustic guitar is strumming in the background. If I didn’t know any better, I would have thought Bon Iver had met up with Trent Reznor and both of them had made music while inhaling amyl-nitrate.  

 

‘Bought A Bride’ combines all themes seen in the last three tracks – simple drums, screeching vocals and naked acoustics in another three minute attack on your senses.  Ninth track ‘Daisy’ channels the experimental sounds of Canadian two-piece CocoRosie as Lacey’s vocals get softer and are replaced with a child’s voice and recordings of birds and crickets before breaking back into full percussion and chorus. 

 

‘Daisy’ as a whole is certainly interesting. It’s drastic, it’s dramatically different from track-to-track and it’s certainly not half-assed when it comes to lyrics and overall percussion. I’m not saying that all albums have to follow a pattern, but I am certainly saying that it does help if they have a sense of flow. Unfortunately, to me, this album seems to miss that by throwing in so much contrasting noise in so many different parts of the album – making it difficult to digest.

Conclusion

Brand New obviously tried to do something brand new, but flooded it with their previous trademark thrashing rock, making the whole album a little difficult to digest. 

Tracklisting

  1. Vices
  2. Bed
  3. At The Bottom
  4. Gasoline
  5. You Stole
  6. Be Gone
  7. Sink
  8. Bought A Bride
  9. Daisy
  10. In A Jar
  11. Noro

8 Responses to “Brand New – Daisy”

  1. dannyboy234

    all i can say is i dig it. It was an interesting choice musically and it either pays off or doesn’t, depends on the listener I guess.

  2. FIGHTOFFYOURDEMONS

    At first listen, my reaction to the album was pretty much “what. the. fuck?”.

    Brand New are my favourite band, their sound on The Devil and God, in my opinion was my far their best – lyrically also my favourite.

    After a half a dozen good listens, Daisy really grew on me.
    Now, I pretty much just think it’s pure genius.

    Jesse didn’t write most of the lyrics on Daisy either by the way, so that’s definitely a contributing factor in the messed up sound Daisy initially seems to have.

  3. admit_it

    I have to agree with FIGHTOFFYOURDEMONS. The Devil and God are raging inside me is their best although I do have a soft spot for Deja Entendu.
    I only just got Daisy and have been trying to listen to it for days. Today was the first day I got through their whole album and I think it is something that needs getting used to because it is such a new sound for them.
    In conclusion, it’s a decent album and Jesse Lacey still remains a favourite in my books.
    Props on the review.

  4. jaydennn

    Devil and God is a hard album to top. I think everyone knows that. You can tell this has been a record that they’ve all said “ok we’ve written our best album, now lets just do whatever the fuck we want” and as a result we have Daisy to listen to. I’m not gonna deny how much I disliked this record at first – but since they are my favorite band I remained stubborn and continued to listen. It may be a more difficult listen – but wasn’t Devil and God like that as well? But we all came to love it. This isn’t equally as brilliant – but there are a lot of moments to enjoy and will anticipate seeing live. Still a decent review though.

  5. Jessska

    I’ve never really listened to these guys so I couldn’t make a very acurate judgement of the album but it sounded alright to me 🙂 I’m seeing them in Bris so be interesting to see how they play live!

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