Brand New – Daisy
Three years have passed since Brand New released The Devil & God Are Raging Inside Me, a spectacular album that mixed the hardcore sound from an underground band with a touch of guitar riffs typical of the rock genre.
Brand New’s approach to the post-hardcore genre was appreciated by many listeners, who quickly jumped on the bandwagon, and eagerly waited for their next album. Now that Daisy is only three weeks away, the excitement for the album is just growing bigger, but is it worth the hype?
In my honest opinion, I don’t believe it’s worth the amount of hype. Don’t get me wrong, Daisy is an amazing album, but it’s not the recreation of the post-hardcore genre or the best album of the decade. It’s one of the best albums of 2009 and an excellent demonstration of what the band is capable of, but nothing more.
Daisy is a dark album, that isn’t afraid to expose trues that come to the mind of some people, such as in the song ‘Bed’, where Jesse Lacey sings about trust among friends and betrayal. Brand New have always based their songs around their lyrics, which results in a much more focused experience that most bands in this genre can deliver. Such songs as ‘At The Bottom’ and ‘Vices’ (after the 50’s intro) even come close to be a pleasure for listeners not into the post-hardcore genre. But there is something off about the band. Some songs that have great lyrics sound amazingly boring to appeal to the listener, such as ‘Bed’ and other songs such as ‘Daisy’ trie to make the album sound denser and darker, but the lyrics simply aren’t able to do so.
When it comes to vocals, Jesse Lacey delivers a pretty standard job. Some songs such as ‘Gasoline’ see the singer screaming and in songs like ‘You Stole’ Lacey sings melodically. He’s obviously not a bad singer, but he isn’t reinventing the wheel in this department.
So, it all boils down to a question. Is Daisy worth all the hype surrounding it? No, it’s not. But it is certainly a fantastic, dark album that will satisfy the fans of the band who have been dying to listen to new material.