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Album review: Brand New - 'Daisy'

How rock grew up gracefully

Recovering emos Brand New have taken doing things their own way to the point of invisibility, but their journey into the widescreen ether continues with yet another breathtakingly accomplished record. ‘Daisy’ is only a few per cent less amazing than ‘The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me’ and only marginally less of a downer. The understated ‘Bed’ is the closest music can probably get to the sound of crying; ‘Bought A Bride’ does the same thing but with anguished funereal post-rock. There’s pop, of sorts, on single ‘At The Bottom’, and epic closer ‘Noro’ proves that while there’s still a pop punk gene fighting to get out somewhere, it’s now part of the make-up of the most graceful rock band in America.

Dan Martin
9 / 10
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