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I would never have thought that analyzing the progression of Brand New’s albums would drive me to sitting alone in a small dark room in the company of Ben and Jerry. Brand New is, in my opinion, an amazing group – good lyrics, great music. But damn, are they depressing.
Brand New's album, Daisy

Brand New's album, Daisy

 

Brand New is one of those bands who have old and new stuff, and the difference is drastic. So here’s what my pals Ben, Jerry and I came up with when we listened to Brand New’s albums.

First album: “Your Favorite Weapon.” Punk-y music. Bitter, scathing lyrics. You could totally tell that the guy who wrote the songs, frontman Jesse Lacey, had some issues. So what did he do? He turned to music. His best friend screwed him over. Bam. Song (“Seventy Times 7”). A girl blew him off. Song (“Last Chance to Lose Your Keys”). But he kept it upbeat. Ben, Jerry and I are loving it.

Second album: “Deja Entendu.” Music on this one? Less punk, more emo. Lyrics on Deja? Again, emo. Jesse has heavier issues that have taken a more permanent residence in his psyche. He’s bitter about being on the road so much (“I Will Play My Game Beneath the Spinning Light”), and has developed a very Holden Caulfield-esque attitude about loss of innocence (“Sic Transit Gloria…Glory Fades”).

Ben, Jerry and I are pulled into Lacey’s depressing downward spiral. But it’s captivating–I don’t want to get out. I can relate to Jesse; he understands my issues, he gets it.

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Animal Collective has always been about stages. First, the outfit was very experimental with Spirit They’re Gone, Spirit They’re Vanished and Danse Manatee. The “freak-folk” label came with Sung Tongs and Feels. Strawberry Jam was the first step to minor “accessibility.”

Ditch all those meaningless descriptions with Merriweather Post Pavilion, Animal Collective’s latest release. This album is simply a magnificent piece of art.

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