God and the Devil Are Raging Inside Me
The newest teenybopper trend in music these days is high-handed pretentiousness. Bands like Fall Out Boy and Panic! At The Disco think they’re the smartest kids on the block with their foppish antics and “ironically” long song titles that have little, if anything, to do with the song. Long Island heartthrobs Brand New narrowly escaped that trap three years ago with their sophomore album, Deja Entendu. They avoided it by humbling themselves just enough to keep their feet on the ground and write intelligent and catchy post-punk, emo ballads. With their new album, God and the Devil Are Raging Inside Me, Brand New has once again sidestepped teenybopper pitfalls and evolved their sound further. Totally gone are the New Found Glory influences that plagued their debut album, Your Favorite Weapon. They now sound more like mope-rock maestros The Cure and modern post-hardcore acts such as Thursday. Their songs range from angry (“You Won’t Know”) to rousing (“The Archers Bows Are Broken”) to surprisingly poignant (“Jesus Christ”). While God and the Devil is not as breakthrough as its predecessor album, it is easily the last great rock album of 2006. And you can relax: All song titles are under six words.