Song of the Moment

J. Cole - Lost Ones

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Brand New - Deja Entendu

For some reason - just as I was about to start writing, "What am I gonna do with 40 subscriptions to Vibe?" popped into my head. Kudos to anyone out there who knows where that's from. Anyways, followers janis! and Shaqwanda are big Brand New fans. They each requested that I review their stuff quite a while back now. I got to their 'Your Favorite Weapon' album back in January of this year - which received a very average review from me. I'm all about getting to know a band and giving second chances though, so no time better than the present. This record was also the immediate follow up to the one I did in January, so that's also a bonus. 'Deja' is also the bands only album to chart - sitting at Gold status with the RIAA. A pretty neat story via the lead singer in an interview with MTV, "No matter who you are or what your band is about, you can't put a record out without people saying it's derivative of something else. So by saying the record's already been heard, it's kind of like saying, 'Yeah, you're right. We're doing something that's already been done before.'" Which is in response to the album title that is French for "already heard". I'd have to go back again to 'Weapon', but this feels a lot different than that record. I can't even put my finger on it. It doesn't have that redundant punk sound - except a couple of tracks. But overall, this album has a sound that has a signature that I could easily associate with Brand New. A sound I could look for on the radio and immediately know it's them. I like that. This still doesn't rock my socks completely off my feet - but I like it. I like it much more than their first record. And I'll say this one is worth checking out today.

1. Tautou
2. Sic Transit Gloria... Glory Fades
3. I Will Play My Game Beneath the Spin Light
4. Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don't
5. The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows
6. The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot
7. Jaws Theme Swimming
8. Me vs. Maradona vs. Elvis
9. Guernica
10. Good to Know That if I Ever Need Attention All I Have to Do Is Die
11. Play Crack the Sky

Listen To Samples

Top 3 Tracks:
1. Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don't
2. Tautou
3. The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot

3.75 out of 5 stars


  1. 1. thank you for the quote.
    2. nice job on this review.
    3. i could not even try to list my top 3 songs because this album is always only played in its entirety not skipping a single song.

  2. Thanks janis!

    Twas a solid record. I may even pick this up at some point.