Brand New: Deja Entendu

6 Aug

DejaEntenduFrom Your Favourite Weapon (2001), Deja Entendu marks a running start onto the well-worn path towards an ever more mature and refined sound.

In their second album, Brand New is not only more diverse and dynamic, but more frequently lulls in the raw, aching, quiet places they are most known for.

“Tautou” and “Me vs. Maradona vs. Elvis” are songs to pick out and hold close, and “I Will Play My Game Beneath the Spin Light” stands out for its seamless blend of urgent acoustic intimacy and surging layered intensity.

Quite typically, though, my favorite track off this album – until now and for the foreseeable future – is “The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot.”

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