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Brand New: Science Fiction Review

Musically, this is Brand New’s most fully realized album, in the sense that it feels like we’ve finally arrived at the destination their career has been heading since they released Deja Entendu. Finally, the band completely embraces the ’90s alternative rock and grunge sound that they’ve flirted with for the past decade, and it couldn’t be more glorious. Because of this shift from the in-your-face loudness and pace of DaisyScience Fiction is more willing to take its time, resulting in music that is more methodical and dynamic. This tone is set by the slow and eerie album opener “Lit Me Up” and is exemplified by songs like “Same Logic/Teeth” that shift between different decibel levels and segments with great grace and precision. 

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