I used to pray like God was listening. I used to make my parents proud. I was the glue that kept my friends together, Now they don’t talk and we don’t go out.

This album I believe is the voice of just about everyone that was a teen or in that age vicinity back when it was released. We’ve all felt lost, rejected, hurt, or uncared some way or another.

In this one, Brand New is trying to make a statement as clearly as possible both through the choice of words and through the music in order to send the message blaring into the listener, trying so hard to draw out whatever it is we keep hidden. All those experiences that we never talk about; never mention; are afraid to think about let alone confront; avoid so blatantly in order to not deal with the troubles they create. The purpose of this album is tell you, the listener, “I don’t know what it is you are going through, but I feel the same way”

This is where the power of this album is displayed. As humans, we are more than likely to feel similarly as a result of many unique situations. This album plays the role of creating a link between everyone. It focuses on the emotional distress rather than the question of “do you really know what I’m going through?” Music in general tends to bring people together in some sort of way with no boundaries. What makes this album so different is the way it is so focused at one thing; one aspect…

The album is so well done; so complete and right on point. The instruments get loud only to illustrate a point. The screaming is done with purpose. The lyrics serve a purpose; no one word can be replaced in this and still project the same imagery or make a point in the same way as the words chosen do.


The album art… Something just doesn’t look it right on that cover. That’s the point.

The title… if you’ve made it this far then I’m sure you get the point.

Rating: 10 
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