Although Daisy is arguably a denser and more focused album than The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me, Brand New truly reached their peak with this album, making it both accessible for people who aren’t used to listen to indie rock music and dark for the fans that waited three years for the follow-up to Deja Entendu.
Keeping the sonic textures added to their last album and improving them to make it a more cohesive experience, the band managed to balance the lyrics and the composition, making The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me an incredible album that takes a while to grow on you,but when it clicks, keeps you hooked until the last minute.
Jesse Lacey is an incredible lyricist and a good vocalist so the album is filled with poetic gems. Songs like “Jesus Christ” and “Millstone” are fantastic showcasings of his ability and imagination like when he asks in “Jesus Christ” ‘Jesus Christ, I’m alone again/ So what did you do those three days you were dead?/ Because this problem’s gonna last/ More than the weekend”. It is a sad album too because it focuses on a lot of themes people usually face everyday but don’t actually like to admit, like loneliness and life after death and so on.
The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me is a fantastic, engrossing and sometimes, mind-blowing album. It takes Brand New to an uncomfortable zone, but that only allows them to deal with themes and ideas that they couldn’t with the cookie-cutter pop-punk marked by their debut. It is, without a doubt, one of the best albums of this decade.
Listen to: Sowing Season, Not The Sun, Jesus Christ.